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The Mpumalanga Province – A Birds Eye View

The Mpumalanga Province which borders the nations of Swaziland and Mozambique and lies east of Johannesburg was given the Zulu name which means “the place where the sun rises”. Oh, and does it rise here! Though Mpumalanga is the smaller of South Africa’s provinces, it packs a mighty natural wonder punch! Mpumalanga is a nature lover’s dream in every sense.

Mpumalanga is home to the iconic and awe-inspiringly beautiful Blyde River Canyon and Drakensberg mountains. Whether you’re into abseiling down waterfalls, throwing yourself off a cliff, rafting or tubing down a river, exploring underground caves, horse riding through lush green grasslands, hiking or biking forest trails, you need look no further than the Mpumalanga Province.

 



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If you’re up for a little less adrenaline, The Panorama Route which runs along the Mpumalanga escarpment holds breathtaking sites to rival any road-trip. With names like The Pinnacle, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels, you must know you’re in for a show. Then there’s the former gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest, and just beyond here, where you’ll find the swimming pools of Mac Mac Falls, Harrie’s Pancakes and the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites of the Sudwala Caves dating back 2,000 million years.

Then along with Limpopo to the North, Mpumalanga stands as caretaker to the southern half of the Kruger National Park which includes reserves like Manyeleti and the well-renowned Timbavati. The Kruger is a wildlife utopia unequalled on the continent for its cross-section of mammal species including the Big-5. (That’s 20 000 000 hectares of unfenced, wild reserve between you and me). The resolute call of the Fisheagle awaits… No, you don’t have to pinch yourself.

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