The place where the sun rises

Mpumalanga, ‘the place where the sun rises’, may be lacking in size but undoubtedly makes up for this slight shortcoming with its numerous natural wonders and superb wildlife. Home to treasures such as the Blyde River Canyon and the Drakensberg mountains, Mpumalanga draws photographers and nature-lovers alike. 

Its rivers, once panned for gold, now attract anglers hoping to catch trout. Fluff out your tail feathers and enjoy the province’s spectacular bird-watching, horse-riding, fishing, abseiling and white-water rafting opportunities. This is big game country, with the Kruger National Park taking centre stage. The reserve boasts 2 million hectares of unspoilt bush and is home to an unsurpassed array of wildlife, including the Big 5. The surrounding reserves share the park’s prolific animal population and are home to unique adventures such as elephant-back safaris.

Pioneers, hunters, and fortune-seekers are laced into the history of the land. Swim in the pools of the Mac Mac Falls, a detour beyond the gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest. The Blyde River Canyon’s river flows silently beneath the watchful eyes of the Three Sisters’ dolomite spirals. God’s Window promises a panoramic view of the Lowveld from the verge of a 900m drop. Dramatic stalactites and stalagmites adorn the Sudwala Caves, dating back 200 million years. 

Highlights

  • The Kruger National Park boasts 2 million hectares of unspoilt African bush, home to an unsurpassed array of wildlife, including the Big 5
  • Swim in the crystalline pools of the Mac Mac Falls, a detour beyond the gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest
  • God’s Window offers a panoramic view into the forest-clad ravine of the Lowveld 900m below
  • Dramatic stalactites and stalagmites sprout in the Sudwala Caves that date back 2,000 million years
  • The Kruger National Park boasts 2 million hectares of unspoilt African bush, home to an unsurpassed array of wildlife, including the Big 5
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