A local holiday to Mpumalanga is a must, not only for South Africans, but international travellers as well. Some of Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes can be found in the Mpumalanga region. More than four hundred billion years in the making, this is one of the most spectacular places to take in nature’s handy work. Natural attractions that are a treat to see include gorgeous waterfalls such as the Horseshoe Falls, Lone Creek Falls, Mac-Mac Falls, Lisbon Falls and the Berlin Falls; along with the Genesis Route—which has some of the oldest volcanic pieces on earth; and the Lake District, which as the name suggests is a group of gorgeous lakes which are home to more than twenty thousand flamingos.
You can also visit the Lowveld Botanical Gardens, which are perfect for picturesque picnics and make for a stunning backdrop to any photo. The Sudwala Caves are also a must on anyone’s Bucket List, as they are the oldest caves in the world and feature the rare occurrence of a natural cooling system. These are just little snapshots of places to visit, but here’s a little more information on must-see places that you absolutely cannot miss out on seeing in Mpumalanga.
The Kruger National Park
You’ve heard of the Big Five, but have you heard of the Big Six Birds? The Lappet Faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Saddle Billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill and Pel’s Fishing Owl are all the most desired birds that visitors of the park want to see. If you think you’re great at spotting critters while out on safari, challenge yourself and impress others by trying to spot these birds! If birds aren’t as exciting to you as mammals, though, the Big Five are also residents of the park, and you’re likely to see some or all of them if you attend a well-guided safari tour.
The Blyde River Canyon
When someone speaks of a canyon, the first place that comes to mind is probably America’s famous Grand Canyon. But right in South Africa’s back yard there’s an even more spectacular canyon waiting to be discovered! The Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon in the world and can even be explored via white river rafting if you’re an adrenaline junkie or someone looking to experience South Africa in a less-conventional way.
We’ve touched on safaris and white river rafting, but there are dozens of activities to try out in Mpumalanga! If you’re after rest and relaxation, spending time at the lodge or tanning by the pool is always a great choice, or perhaps a trip to the spa should be on your agenda too (many resorts have spas on site, and if you’re specifically keen on visiting one of these our travel experts will happily find the perfect resort for you). If you’re more eager to get out and explore the wilderness, there is the Aerial Cable Trail, which allows you to glide over the last remaining natural forested valleys along the Sabie River. There are also hiking trails and 4x4 trails to explore Mpumalanga by, and many historic sites to stop in at. The Antiek Sjiek is a house that dates back to the 1920s, while Mabuja Hill was the scene of the most important battle of the first Boer War in 1881. Enjoy a cultural trip to Matsamo Cultural Village where you can experience the hospitality and warm nature of the Swazi people. Quad biking, fishing and golf are also available as recreational activities in the area.
It is no secret that Mpumalanga is packed with brilliant things to see and try. The only dilemma is, what do you do first? Get in touch with one of our travel experts, or head over to our Mpumalanga travel deals and we will help you organise a dream trip to Mpumalanga, ensuring you see and try the best of the brilliant things on offer.