Formerly known as the Eastern Transvaal, Mpumalanga is one of South Africa's top tourist destinations. People are drawn to Mpumalanga by the magnificent scenery, the fauna and flora and by the stories of the 1870s gold rush era and a wealth of fascinating tribal legends.
Although 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.
Mpumalanga lies on the eastern side of South Africa, north of KwaZulu Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique.
Mpumalanga generally has summer rainfall. Closer to the Kruger National Park conditions are mild to hot sub-tropical.
If you are planning to travel to the north eastern parts of Mpumalanga or Swaziland please be aware that this region has malaria. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice before travelling.
A popular hideaway for royals and tycoons, Mpumalanga offers a vast variety of accommodation to suit almost everyone's taste and budget.
Where else in the world can you sleep in a cave that was once the prehistoric home of our oldest ancestors? Or in a secluded tree house just meters from lion and other wild animals? Where else can you rub shoulders with tycoons like Virgin's Richard Branson, pop stars like Michael Jackson, and other European and Asian royals? Or stay in an authentic African village, eating and sleeping like a local?
But, it's not just the super-rich who are pampered in Mpumalanga. The province offers a diverse variety of accommodation for everyone from intrepid backpackers on tight budgets, to eco-tourists keen to camp in the wild.
The fastest growing accommodation sector also provides the easiest way to meet real, everyday South Africans. Bed & Breakfast establishments allow visitors to stay in ordinary homes, in ordinary towns, with ordinary people -- all while offering high levels of personal attention at very reasonable rates.
If you're tired of roughing it, Mpumalanga's luxury country houses, private game lodges and hotels offer five-star service in some of the world's most exclusive venues. You can chose from modern chic, to colonial splendor, African adventure, or even weird and wild.
Families are also catered for, with a variety of holiday resorts offering everything from casinos to safaris, adventure sport and hot springs.
Attractions not to be missed
Things to do
Air charter or fly-in safaris, car hire, shuttle service, 4 x 4 and camper hire can be arranged. Closest airport to the Kruger National Park is Kruger-Mpumalanga International Airport, just outside Nelspruit.
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