Mpumalanga Trip Planner

2013-10-31 17:09
God's Window indeed

God's Window indeed

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Mpumalanga, meaning “place of sunrise”, is where the sun rises for most foreigners on a trip to South Africa. After a lengthy commute it is in the majesty of the Kruger National Park and its surrounds where their African odyssey begins.

Kruger is undoubtedly the province’s strongest calling card – with good reason. With some research you’ll find staggering numbers: There are 147 mammal-, 500 bird-, 116 reptile-, 34 amphibian-, and 49 fish species in the park, as well as 457 different types of trees and shrubs and 1500 smaller plants.

Rotating around the sun that is Kruger, a bunch of smaller (and often ultra luxurious Game reserves) also cash in on the economic heat emanating from our country’s largest and oldest national park. However, tourists often miss out on the glorious vistas provided by the escarpment that slices this province into the Highveld and Lowveld. This dramatic landscape has given us canyons and caves that have fascinated King Solomon and Queen Sheba in ancient times, to the thousands of fortune seekers in the gold rush. So profound is the scenery, that a point upon the Lebombo mountains has been likened to God’s Window.

So yes Kruger is an absolute must. But do not let the sun set on your South African trip without looking past the region’s most splendid star.  

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Capital: Nelspruit
Population: 4,039,939
Area: 76,495 km2 

5 Musts
1. Explore the world’s oldest cave system at Sudwala Caves.
2. A sunrise safari at the iconic Kruger National Park.
3. Fill up your camera’s memory with the breathtaking scenery at God’s Window, Bourke Luck’s Potholes and the like.
4. Take a hot air balloon to view the winding valley of the Sabi River along the Mpumalanga escarpment in Nelspruit.
5. Visit the Lowveld National Botanical gardens on the banks of the Crocodile River.

Useful Contacts

Mpumalanga Tourism T: +27 (0)13 759 5300/01. E: W:

Lowveld Tourism

Kruger National Park

Mbombela local municipality

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Sudwala Caves

Pilgrim's Rest


Eating Out

Harry's Pancakes - Graskop

Harrys Pancake Shop is famous for its delicious sweet and savoury pancakes. The shop is located in the town of Graskop in and it’s traditional to stop off here for a pancake when en-route to the Blyde River Canyon or even if you are just exploring Graskop and Pilgrims Rest.

The Wild Fig Tree - Sabie

Browse the Shoppe, browse the Internet or browse the yummy menu! The highly recommended Wild Fig Tree Restaurant & Coffee Shop in Sabie also features an Internet Cafe and Curio Shop. Very convenient for picking up last minute gifts to take home with you after enjoying a leisurely meal in the restaurant.

Perry's Bridge Trading Post - Hazyview

You will find Perry’s Bridge Trading Post situated on an old citrus farm which offers you the visitor a deli, restaurant and boutique shopping experience. You can even have you hair done at the salon!

Plat du Jour - Dullstroom

Plat du Jour is based on French provincial and home cooked meals, the menu depending on seasonal availability. Currently asparagus is a popular item, with wild porcini or cep mushrooms being an absolute winner.

The Brazen Head - Witbank

The Brazen Head is a high-quality authentic Irish Restaurant and Pub, providing a unique Irish atmosphere and service to its clientele.

Visit for more restaurants from Mpumalanga.

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