Much like the colorful tapestry of South Africa itself, Mpumalanga is a captivating mosaic of cultures and natural wonders. The name “Mpumalanga” translates to “the place where the sun rises,” and while it may be one of South Africa’s smaller provinces in terms of land area, it more than compensates with its breathtaking natural diversity.
Mpumalanga’s landscape is a true masterpiece of nature, showcasing some of the most iconic destinations in the country:
Kruger National Park: This world-renowned park needs no introduction. It’s a sanctuary for Africa’s iconic wildlife, offering the chance to witness the “Big Five” and a host of other species in their natural habitat. The Kruger National Park is not just a destination; it’s an unforgettable safari adventure.
Blyde River Canyon: Known as one of the largest green canyons in the world, the Blyde River Canyon is a geological marvel. Its towering cliffs, lush vegetation, and the meandering Blyde River create a landscape of immense beauty.
Nature Reserves: Mpumalanga is peppered with nature reserves, each a treasure trove of indigenous flora and fauna. From rare and vibrant bird species to unique plant life, these reserves offer an opportunity to connect with the natural world.
One of the wonders of Mpumalanga is the proximity of these incredible sites to each other. With some thoughtful planning, a single day can encompass visits to multiple natural splendors. This accessibility allows travelers to immerse themselves in the diverse landscapes, from the wilds of Kruger to the serene beauty of the Blyde River Canyon and the enchanting reserves that dot the region.
In Mpumalanga, every moment is an opportunity to embrace the beauty of South Africa’s natural heritage and immerse oneself in the rich tapestry of cultures that call this province home. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventurer, or a seeker of cultural experiences, Mpumalanga has something extraordinary to offer, all under the rising sun that lends its name to this remarkable place.
Mountain Strings Zip Line
Mountain Strings Zipline guided tours are among the 11 most fantastic things to do in Mpumalanga. Totaling 1.7km, our seven ziplines take you through breathtaking views of the Mpumalanga mountains and the lush forest below. We are located just off the N4 on the outskirts of Waterval Onder's scenic town, only a 10-minute drive from Waterval Boven and 55 minutes from Nelspruit / Mbombela. You can expect to experience the tranquility of the majestic mountains and lush forest that this part of Mpumalanga is known for. Ample birds and wildlife species roam free, and you might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the endangered Maccoa Duck.
An exciting adventure awaits you high on the beautiful escarpment of the Lowveld. Kaapsehoop Scootours offer the adventurous a fascinating downhill trip of 6 km on a Monster Mountain Scooter. The route follows the Battery Creek gorge along grasslands, through plantations and indigenous forest and past beautiful rock formations and streams. The trip gets under way on a game viewer in the quaint village of Kaapsehoop. From there you travel all the way to a hill where the adventure really starts. On the way you may definitely come across the wild horses that have roamed freely in these mountains for more than 120 years. On the way down you travel for more or less 6 kilometers, while dropping almost 400 meters in altitude. At the end of the route, at Battery Creek, there is a beautiful rock pool where you can cool off.
BBK Trails are idyllically situated in the mountains and plateaus of South Africa's Mpumalanga Province, just outside the small town of Waterval Boven (which is now known as Emgwenya). The countryside is littered with forested mountains, beautiful blooms, crags, stunning grasslands, streams and majestic waterfalls. It is within these gorgeous vistas and landscapes that visitors from around the country and the world are invited to mount a well-trained, responsive horse and explore. The BBK Trails are tailored to accommodate riders of different abilities, and are suitable for young (with a minimum age of eight years for the shorter trails) and not-so-young alike. . For those wanting to celebrate something special book a champagne breakfast ride or a sundowner ride
Dullstroom - 79km
Undeniably the most famous of all the Highlands Meander Towns, Dullstroom is a tourist mecca that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is South Africa's premier flyfishing area.
The Sudwala caves are the oldest caves on earth and encase the oldest dolomite chamber in the world. At the Dinosaur park you will stand below the knee-height of life-size dinosaur models in a museum of life. Replica's of reptiles will keep an enquiring mind alive.
Pilgrims Rest - 135km
Pilgrims Rest is a living musuem - the entire town has been declared a national Monument - taking the visitors to the day of old Transvaal Gold Rush.
Mac Mac Falls - 143km
Tumbling 70m in two double streams with water rainbows, white spray and a deep, dramatic pool, this is what waterfalls are supposed to look like. The falls are just as beautiful and unspoilt there is a viewing platform so you can step out over the ridge and get a real sense of the plunge.
Gods Window - 167km
Gods Window The Zenith of the Panorama Route, this is such a picturesque view point that it has been called “God’s Window”, due to the sheer natural beauty contained in one view.
This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River causes waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.
Graskop Gorge Glass Lift - 159km
The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is centrally located on the Panorama Route and is an ideal stop over point, whether it be for the view, the forest, the food or the various adventure activities, guided tours and hikes in the surrounding areas