PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL GUIDE
Mpumalanga is not the only province in South Africa with excellent game
viewing, national parks and luxury lodges, it's here that the safari experience
has been perfected. About half the Kruger National Park is in this lovely
province and there are so many private game reserves and lodges than you
will have a hard time choosing. Like Limpopo
Province to its immediate north, Mpumalanga straddles the escarpment
between the Lowveld and the Drakensberg, so the different parts of the
province have different characters. The Lowveld is hot and humid with broad-leaved
forests and wide, slow rivers, while the Highlands are cool and green,
with rolling grasslands, pine plantations, pockets of indigenous forest
and cheerfully gurgling mountain streams and waterfalls. Most of the game
is in the Lowveld, while the attractions of the Highlands include hiking,
horse trails, river rafting and other adventure activities, such as gorge
swings and abseiling.
Restaurant at the End of the Universe, near the town of Waterval Boven,
is one of South Africa's most popular climbing destinations. The fly fishing
in the Highlands area is awesome, particularly near the pretty town of
Dullstroom, where there are loads of dams and streams well stocked with
fat trout. There are awesome birds to be spotted, both in the game reserves
and in the Highlands, where you're likely to see some montane grassland
species, including the rare and endangered blue swallow. For a bird's eye
view, rather than a view of birds, you can choose between microlight flights
and gentle floats in a hot air balloon. Mpumalanga also has some fantastic
paragliding and hang gliding launch sites - particularly along the escarpment.
The mountain biking is great. Even with so much to do, many people visit
Mpumalanga just to sight-see. The Panorama Route is a scenic meander taking
in some fabulous sights, including the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck
Potholes, the Three Rondawels, the Swadini Dam and many beautiful waterfalls
and spectacular vistas including one called God's Window.
Blyde River Canyon is the biggest vegetated canyon in the world. Second
in size only to the Grand Canyon in the USA, and the Fish River Canyon
in Namibia, it is lush and green with a plethora of plant and animal life
and is a major centre of endemism. It's also where Antarctica and Madagascar
split away from Africa a few million years ago during the break-up of the
super-continent Gondwanaland. Also in the canyon, is Bourke's Luck Potholes
- a fantastically contorted area of scenic potholes, and deeply scoured
canyons. The Blyde is a great river to raft, with some pretty challenging
rapids, but it also offers fun family paddling on a gentler section. The
Three Rondawels are three conical hills and the Swadini Dam at the end
of the canyon is a lovely stretch of water. Also on the Panorama Route
is the rather cutesy museum town of Pilgrims Rest.
mines were active until the 1970s when they became terminally unprofitable,
and the whole town was bought up by the provincial authorities to be converted
to a tourist attraction. Museums, cute craft outlets, coffee shops, restaurants
and the original hotel with its characterful bar bring the gold rush era
vividly to life. Pilgrims Rest was the venue for the World Gold Panning
Championships in 2005.
cultural attractions are particularly colourful. The iconic Ndebele artwork
that is almost synonymous with South Africa is produced in the museum village
of Botshabelo. Colourful beadwork and small painted articles can be admired
and purchased while the magnificent painted buildings are - unfortunately
- not for sale as souvenirs. They're well worth photographing, though.
Kids will love the dinosaur park, just outside the deep and convoluted
Sudwala Caves. Mpumalanga has a very interesting technical freshwater diving
destination that will appeal to technical divers.
If you are planning to travel to the north eastern parts of Mpumalanga
or Swaziland please be aware that this region is malarial. Consult your
doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.
Guest Houses, Lodges & Hotels - Nelspruit
Guest Houses/B&B's - Witbank
PROVINCE GUEST HOUSES, HOTELS & LODGES - SOUTH AFRICA
MPUMALANGA PROVINCE HOTELS & RESORTS/LODGES
most of the smaller towns in this part of Mpumalanga are close to the Kruger
National Park, Hazyview is the closest Ė just a short hop to the Phabeni,
Numbi and Kruger Gates. Itís a pretty little town with some lovely guest
houses on the outskirts, and a couple of good restaurants. If youíre not
the sort who likes to keep your feet on the ground, you could go for a
microlight flip, a scenic helicopter flight or even ride in a hot air balloon.
There are fun mountain biking trails, which you could do as an escorted
trip, if you wish, horse trails, kloofing trips or paddling on the Sabie
River, abseiling and, of course, escorted safaris into Kruger National
Park. For something a bit more cultural, you could tour a Shangaan village
or a coffee plantation and roastery.
Map of Hazyview
do Sol Hotel & Resort, Luxury Hotel & Spa, HAZYVIEW
to Casa do Sol, House in the Rising Sun which has just undergone a
renaissance of major refurbishment and renovations during 2007. This luxury
estate hotel situated in the beautiful Mpumalanga Region is a little Eden
of tranquil pools, deeply shaded glades and quiet flower gardens. The cobbled
streets, exotic gardens, coupled with enchanting sounds and smells of the
bush and the warm and friendly atmosphere make Casa do Sol a destination
of choice for a large variety of travellers. Just beyond the boundaries
of the hotel lie some of the jewels of creation - God's Window, the Blyde
River Canyon and many other scenic glories of Mpumalanga. And the world
famous Kruger National Park is just a hop away!
Guesthouse, The Panorama, HAZYVIEW
Dreamfields Guesthouse is
situated in a quiet residential area of Hazyview less than 2 km away from
the centre of town. Hazyview lies on the Panorama Route, a base from which
not only all the attractions of the region can be reached with ease, but
that is also only 10 km from the Phabeni Gate to the internationally renowned
Kruger National Park. The large house with its thatched roof and African
style furnishings fits in perfectly with the atmosphere of the region and
offers a comfortable lounge, African theme bar, and sparkling pool. The
sub-tropical garden with its indigenous trees is a bird watcherís paradise.
Dreamfields Guesthouse is run by a German/English couple Kristina and Neil
Waitt. Breakfast offered is of the highest standard, consisting of scrumptious
warm food prepared by your host, supplemented by a buffet of products from
the local farm stalls,served in the dining room or on the patio.
Parks Country Lodge, Country Hotel, HAZYVIEW
Parks Country Lodge is a comfortable country hotel, set in a magnificent
250 ha estate, consisting of pristine indigenous bush near Hazy view in
the Mpumalanga Lowveldís. Comfortable rooms, friendly staff and excellent
food combine to make Hamilton Parks the perfect stopover. Only 20 minutes
from the Kruger National Park, the lodge offers easy access to game reserves
and the scenic wonders of the Blyde River Canyon and the Great Escarpment.
The gracious thatched homestead is set in magnificent gardens and offers
outstanding bird-watching and sightings of various animal species such
as monkeys, bush pig, porcupine, bushbuck, grey duiker and the very rare
red duiker. The lodge is fully licensed and the cosy bar is the perfect
place to end the day, as the sun goes down behind the hills. Three golf
courses and a wide variety of adventure activities nearby. Swimming pool
on the property.
Waters Guest House, HAZYVIEW
Guest House in Hazyview is situated in the scenic Sabie River Valley six
kilometres from Hazyview. Laughing Waters Guest House In Hazyview
is ideally situated for visits to the Kruger National Park and the panorama
route. The location of the accommodation close to the river ensures
slightly cooler temperatures than elsewhere in the valley, and this comfortable
micro climate makes Laughing Waters Guest House especially welcoming in
the hot summer months. The beautiful gardens provide a pleasing environment
to enjoy the sun or to take some respite under one of the many tall trees.
Laughing Waters Guest House is affiliated with Bird Life SA; whether a
novice or an expert, this is an interesting venue for your stay.
Rock Golf Lodge, Self-Catering Chalets, HAZYVIEW
Rock is in the hills of Hazyview, surrounded by beautiful views. Seven
chalets each with king beds (or twin beds), spa bath, luxury bathroom,
large shower, own private swimming pool, bar fridge, microwave, ceiling
fan,electric fire-place, complimentary tea/coffee, comfy lounge chairs,
DVD viewing, DVDs available. Private veranda and parking. Theatre Room
with BIG screen, view Sport, DSTV, M-Net, and Movies. Karaoke for a fun
sing-along! Health Spa offers massages/beauty treatments by appointment,
Infra-red Sauna, Jacuzzi. 9 hole par 3 Golf Course with one green overlooking
the Sabie River rapids. Relax on the river banks and watch the River Rafters
passing by. Golf Cart and Quad Bikes available. A generous breakfast, enjoyed
on the veranda overlooking the gardens. Restaurant across the road and
others minutes away. Kruger Park 15 minutes to Phabeni Gate.
MPUMALANGA PROVINCE GUEST HOUSES & LODGES
officially renamed Mbombela, is situated in northeastern South Africa.
It is the capital of the Mpumalanga province (formerly Eastern Transvaal).
Located on the Crocodile River, Nelspruit lies about 100 kilometres (62
mi) west of the Mozambique border and 330 kilometres (210 mi) east of Johannesburg.
The townships of Nelspruit are Kanyamazane and Matsulu which are tens of
kilometres east of Nelspruit. There are many orange farms in the area around
Nelspruit. It is a key manufacturing and agricultural hub for northeastern
South Africa. Major industries include the canning of citrus fruit, paper
production, furniture manufacture and timbermills. Fertile soils and subtropical
climate provide perfect conditions for the growing of citrus and tropical
fruits, mainly mango, banana, avocado and Macadamia nuts.
Map of Nelspruit
browsing Nelspruit accommodation
Bush Lodge, Conference and Events Venue, NELSPRUIT
luxury four star Eco-Eden Bush Lodge can be found 15 km east of Nelspruit
in the heart of the Croc River Mountain Conservancy. This nature conservancy
is located in the Krokodilpoort mountain range between the Kruger National
Park and the historical gold-diggers town of Barberton. The conservancy
boasts some of the oldest granite outcrops on planet Earth and a substantial
number of wildlife species still roam free in this wilderness area.
The Numbi, Paul Kruger, Phabeni and Malalane entrances to the Kruger National
Park are a mere 40 minuteís drive away. Transport to and from the Kruger
Mpumalanga Airport and Nelspruit is available on request. Guided tours
leave from the lodge to popular tourist destinations like the Panorama
route which has the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrimís Rest and Godís Window
which can be accommodated in one day.
Roca Guesthouse, Guest House/Self-Catering, NELSPRUIT
Roca, a top 4 star establishment adjoining the Nelspruit Nature Reserve,
offers luxurious accommodation with a friendly and warm ambience. Uninterrupted
views over the reserve and distant mountains and yet only a short drive
to the city centre, La Roca is the ideal base for discerning executives
or romantic getaways. Our individually decorated rooms combine a
unique fusion of colours, textures and furniture inspired by travels throughout
Africa and Asia. Set in a large sub-tropical garden, the pool deck
enjoys wonderful views Ė a little oasis within which to unwind from a long
dayís work, to use as a base for exploring the Kruger Park and Panorama
Route, or a convenient stop over on the way to Mozambique and Swaziland,
both only one hour away.
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Guest House, NELSPRUIT
is an environmentally friendly guest house in a beautiful hillside location
outside Nelspruit. It features a landscaped garden with an outdoor swimming
pool and free Wi-Fi in the bedrooms. Guest rooms at Mariu Guest House have
either a private terrace or a balcony overlooking the sub-tropical garden.
Rooms feature framed artwork, elegant antique furnishings and en suite
bathrooms. The rooms are equipped with water and tea and coffee making
facilities. There are barbecue facilities in the garden for a traditional
braai, and the restaurants of Nelspruit are 5 minutesí drive away. Day
trips nearby include the Eden Chimpanzee Sanctuary 18 km away, and Kaapsehoop
Horse Trails 10 km from Mariu House. Packed lunches are available upon
MPUMALANGA PROVINCE GUEST HOUSES & LODGES
is a forestry town situated on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga,
South Africa. Once the Sabie River was teeming with crocodiles and the
local Shangaan people dubbed it uluSaba or (fearful river). The town was
started after HT Glynn and JC Ingle found gold here and formed the Glynns-Lydenburg
Gold Mining Company. Sabie is located 360 kilometres east of Johannesburg
and is 64 kilometres west of the popular Kruger National Park. It is known
for its breathtaking scenery and beautiful waterfalls, and is a popular
tourist destination. Its main industry is forestry. The plantations surrounding
Sabie form one of the world's largest man-made forests.
Map of Sabie
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Country House, SABIE
just 50 km from Kruger National Park, this guest house offers rooms with
scenic mountain views. It serves a hearty breakfast on the verandah overlooking
the forest slopes. Hillwatering Country House has spacious non-smoking
rooms fitted with heated blankets and deluxe bedding. Each room is equipped
with a tea / coffee maker and a minibar. Guests can enjoy an English or
Continental breakfast outdoors or by the cozy fireplace in the breakfast
room. The staff can organize a picnic breakfast upon request. Free Wi-Fi
is available in public spaces. Hillwatering Country House is 32 km from
Pilgrimís Rest. Natural attractions such as Godís Window are 40 minutesí
drive away. It is approximately 4 hours drive away from Johannesburg International
Riverside Lodge and Spa, SABIE
by the Sabie River, Floreat Riverside Lodge and Spa features an outdoor
swimming pool and views of the garden and the river. This lodge also has
a lounge bar and a restaurant. The modern, spacious rooms include a TV
with selected satellite channels and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.
Free WiFi is available in public areas. Guests can enjoy the spa facilities
as well as the swimming pool and garden. The restaurant at Floreat Riverside
Lodge serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It is just 3 km to Lone Creek
Waterfall, and 35 km to mountain viewpoint Godís Window. Kruger National
Park is 56 km away.
Ridge Guest House, SABIE
beautiful country home is tucked away in the mountains at the heart of
the scenic Panorama Route, only five minutes from the Sabie Village and
40 minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park. Perched above an
old gold mine and part of the original mining village, Porcupine Ridge
has been extensively remodelled to create a stylish, informal retreat combining
Old World charm and modern comforts. The friendly ambiance invites you
to relax and unwind, surrounded by rambling gardens, abundant bird life
and glorious mountain scenery. There are lovely walks on the estate through
indigenous bush, grasslands and plantations. Monkeys, duiker, mongoose,
bush babies and other small game may be seen. A spectacular waterfall with
a deep pool for swimming is a special delight.
(eMalahleni) MPUMALANGA PROVINCE GUEST HOUSES & LODGES
for White Ridge), also known as eMalahleni (meaning "place of coal")
is a city situated on the Highveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa, within
the eMalahleni Local Municipality. The name Witbank is Afrikaans for White
Ridge and is named after a white sandstone outcrop where wagon transport
drivers rested. The city is known for the coal-mining in the surrounding
region. On 3 March 2006, Witbank was officially renamed eMalahleni,
meaning "place of coal" matching the name of the municipality that contains
it. A large number of signs to the town have already changed, but many
still remain. Some landmarks bearing the name Witbank have remained,
while others (such as the Witbank/eMalahleni dam) have been renamed.
Map of Witbank
browsing Witbank accommodation
5 Guest House, WITBANK
Big 5 Guest House in Witbank offers free Wi-Fi throughout and has a restaurant
and bar. Guests can relax in the games room, or enjoy the swimming pool
and garden. Featuring satellite TV, all rooms have a fan, heating and electric
kettle. The private bathrooms have a bath or shower and include a hairdryer.
The Ridge Casino is 6 km away, while Highveld Mall is an 8-minute drive
from The Big 5 Guest House. Witbank Nature Reserve is 9 km away.
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Sands Guesthouse, WITBANK
in Witbank in the region of Mpumalanga, 27.4 km from Middelburg, Egyptian
Sands Guesthouse features an outdoor pool and views of the pool. Free private
parking is available on site. Some accommodations feature a private bathroom
with a spa tub, and others have free toiletries and a hairdryer. Enjoy
a cup of tea from your balcony or patio. A TV is featured. You can play
pool and darts at this guesthouse, and the area is popular for golfing.
Guest House, WITBANK
in Witbank in the region of Mpumalanga, 29 km from Middelburg, Thatchers
Guest House features a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue. Guests can
enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and
free private parking is available on site. Each room at this guesthouse
is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. Certain units have a sitting
area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms
are fitted with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and
a hairdryer. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. You can play
darts at this guesthouse, and car rental is available.
all accommodation in Mpumalanga Province