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Mpumalanga, which means "land of the rising sun" in the local SiSwati language, is a province of extraordinary natural beauty. An abundance of citrus fruit and many other subtropical fruits – mangoes, avocados, litchis, bananas, pawpaws, grenadillas, guavas – as well as nuts and a variety of vegetables are produced here.


1 Kruger National Park: The worldrenowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa and the world. The Park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques. Kruger Park is mainly a self-drive destination with the infrastructure of roads, waterholes, hides, picnic sites and rest camps spread through the park to ensure the visitor maximum exposure to the fauna and flora this remarkable reserve offers.

2 Nelspruit: Nelspruit has been called the gateway to Mpumalanga. With its sub-tropical climate and abundant sunshine and lush covered hills and valleys it forms the ideal base to explore

Mpumalanga from. Nelspruit is the trading centre for surrounding fruit growing areas. Nearby are the Sudwala caves, with a Dinosaur Park and a cultural centre.

3 God’s Window: At God's Window on the escarpment, majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the game reserves which have made the area one of Africa's prime wildlife destinations. Known as Paradise Country, this lush region has several spectacular natural features, including the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon with its myriad of unusual rock formations; and Bourke's Luck Potholes - created by swirling waters, rocks and pebbles - a surreal landscape of deep cylindrical cavities.
4 Pilgrims Rest: A living museum - the entire town has been declared a national monument - taking the visitors to the day of old Transvaal Gold Rush. Pilgrim's Rest was declared a gold field in 1873, soon after digger Alec "Wheelbarrow" Patterson had found gold deposits in Pilgrim's Creek.
5 Rainbow Route: The Rainbow Route is suited to the culture vultures and to those with a deep love and respect for nature and history. The route follows in the Voortrekker footsteps, and explores the rites and rituals of the noble Zulu nation.
6 Blyde River Canyon: Few will ever forget their first glimpse of this breathtaking gorge, the third largest in the world and one of South Africa's scenic wonders. Its scenery is unsurpassed, its vegetation both varied and lush and the rich selection of bird life includes a breeding colony of the rare bald ibis. Wildlife in the canyon area is as varied as the habitats.

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