The Place where the sun rises, formally known as Eastern Transvaal, Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and unbelievably beautiful places in South Africa. Dominated by the Blyde River Canyon – one of the world’s largest canyons; the Sudwala Caves – the world’s oldest; and the Kruger National Park – arguably the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuary. Yet it is South Africa’s second-smallest province. The neiboring Kruger National Park offers spectacular game viewing, in particular the Sabi Sands, where game can be found almost around every corner thanks to two perennial rivers.
The entire Mpumalanga area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing. Streams once panned for gold have become the haunts of eager anglers and lazy trout. Steeped in the history of pioneers, hunters and fortune seekers, fascinating gold rush towns abound.
Summer is hot, winters mild to cold. For game viewing, winter is best, though spring brings colour and is the birthing season for most wildlife in the region. The Panorama Route is a MUST when visiting Mpumalanga. Breathtaking vistas around every Mountain Corner, stunning Waterfalls and the memories of the gold rush follows as you wander down an endless River Canyon. The Route incorporates Bourke’s Luck Potholes; God’s Window; Three Rondavels and the Stunning Blyde River Canyon. Between May and August is the best time to visit for game-viewing because the vegetation is less dense, making sightings more frequent.
Explore the Kruger National Park on a self-drive safari or take advantage of the excellent guiding at one of the many stunning lodges and private game reserves designed to pamper.
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