Mpumalanga, previously known as the Eastern Transvaal, is a sensationally beautiful part of the world, located in north eastern South Africa, bordering Mozambique. The indescribable beauty of Mpumalanga has caused the region to be one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, drawn by the wildlife and landscapes of ‘Paradise Country’, with mountain, valley, river and forest landscapes combining to create some of the best walking, riding and fishing country in South Africa.
Mpumalanga is big game country too. Throughout the region are a range of sensational Mpumalanga safari lodges, which cannot be beaten for pure relaxation and getting far from the chores and bustle of everyday life. The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous game reserves in the world, brimming with bird and animal life. There are actually several private reserves in Mpumalanga too, but those wishing to go walking, mountain biking or horse riding have the whole area to explore. The rivers that were once the haunt of gold panners now teem with fishermen, enjoying both the breath taking scenery and the world class fishing from their Mpumalanga accommodation. There are far too many spots of incredible natural beauty to mention, but much of the thrill of travelling in Mpumalanga is the sense of wonderment at stumbling across a sight that you could only have dreamed of before you arrived at your Mpumalanga safari lodge or holiday rental property. However, the Sudwala Caves, Sabi Sand Nature Reserve and Lowveld Escarpment are especially worth investigation.
The Drakensburg Mountains are absolutely perfect for lovers of the great outdoors staying in Mpumalanga accommodation. Whether you are looking to escape for walking, rock climbing, mountain biking, multi-day hiking, horse riding, fly fishing, white water rafting or bird watching in Mpumalanga, the Drakensburg Mountains will far exceed your expectations, and if you were thinking of buying a new camera before you travel on your Mpumalanga holidays, ensure it has a good panoramic function!
Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga, famed for its beautifully landscaped gardens and the citrus plantations that originally bought the town its great wealth. A Mpumalanga holiday rental here is perfectly located for access to all that is best about the region, from the fishing rivers to the world famous Kruger National Park, traditional villages to best hiking trails.
There are many wonderful places to visit in Mpumalanga. The historic towns of Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton are ideal places to go in order to examine the rich history of Mpumalanga / Eastern Transvaal. The traditions and customs of the area’s original inhabitants, the Ndebele, still survive in the Middleveld region of Mpumalanga too, especially in Shangaan, which is an absolute delight to tour from any holiday rental property or safari lodge in Mpumalanga.
The dramatic landscape of Mpumalanga means that the climate is vary varied from region to region. In the heart of the region, summer temperatures (lasting from October until February) reach upwards from the 26°C mark on a daily basis. Summer rain is not uncommon, but actually acts as a fantastic way to refresh the air.
The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) is a fantastic little airport on the edge of the Kruger National Park. There are regular flights arriving into Kruger from Johannesburg Airport (JNB), meaning that you can reach any Mpumalanga accommodation with ease.