One of South Africa’s most geographically diverse and beautiful areas, Mpumalanga offers a selection of magnificent attractions. Here, the scenery is spectacular, from panoramic mountain passes and awe-inspiring valleys to majestic lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Then there are the forests – the reason why Mpumalanga is called the world’s largest green canyon. One of the most breathtaking places in the province is God’s Window, aptly named because it looks as if the sky is looking down on paradise. There are plenty of other attractions in Mpumalanga, including Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Sudwala Caves, regarded as the oldest caves on earth. Mpumalanga is also home to one of Africa’s greatest game parks, the iconic Kruger National Park, as well as dozens of other wildlife sanctuaries that teem with wildlife and birds.
Why travel to Mpumalanga
It’s home to the world’s third-largest canyon, the spectacular Blyde River Canyon.
It also boasts the oldest dolomite caves on earth, the Sudwala Caves.
Visit majestic waterfalls including Mac Mac Falls and Graskop Gorge Falls.
Embark on the Panorama Route, which includes the scenic Long Tom Pass, Three Sisters and many other famous sights.
Enjoy an unmatched safari experience in the Kruger National Park.
Take part in numerous adventure activities, including white-water rafting and abseiling.
It’s an excellent destination for a family holiday.
With its diverse, scenic landscapes and incredible natural wonders, Mpumalanga is an unforgettable destination for a family holiday, a romantic honeymoon or road trip with friends. Let Thompsons Holidays take you to this magical natural wonderland to enjoy all that it has to offer.
Things to do in Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga may be a small province in South Africa, but it has plenty to offer in a travel package. Whether you’re enjoying the spectacular beauty and incredible natural wonders or white-water rafting, abseiling, zip-lining and hiking, you can do it all in Mpumalanga. The iconic Kruger National Park offers unbelievable game viewing opportunities, including seeing the Big 5. Mpumalanga is also steeped in history, and you can find out all about its past when you visit fascinating places like Pilgrim’s Rest. Children love holidays in Mpumalanga for its fun activities like panning for gold. At the same time, couples love it because they can embark on a secluded and romantic break, while friends can enjoy various adventure activities together.
Things to do in Mpumalanga
Go on a game drive in the Kruger National Park.
Have an adventure – go white-water rafting and discover the thrill of abseiling.
Drive along the scenic Panorama Route to see Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
Enjoy quad biking, horseriding or zip-lining with Induna Adventures in Hazyview.
Explore the extraordinary rock formations at Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Enjoy a sunset safari and dinner under the African sky.
Embark on a boat safari on Loskop Dam to see a variety of wildlife.
Enjoy birdwatching in the forests surrounding the Sabi River.
Spend the day rock climbing at Waterval Boven.
Go backpacking and hike the 3 to 5-day Num Num Trail around Machadadorp and Badplaas.
Go whiskey tasting in Dullstroom. The town is also known for its excellent trout fishing.
The Graskop Gorge Lift is the ideal stopover known for a magnificent view over the forest.
Enjoy the ultimate ride of your life on the Long Tom Toboggan in Dullstroom.
There are so many things to do in Mpumalanga and beautiful places to visit and enjoy. Experience the best of the province with a holiday package from Thompsons Holidays.
You can drive from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in under 5 hours. A self-drive holiday is an ideal option as you will do a lot of sightseeing.
You can also fly to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga and hire a car from there,or directly into Skukuza airport if you are staying at one of the Private Game Lodges as many of these have their own landing strips.
Flight duration from Johannesburg to Nelspruit: 45 minutes.
Flight duration from Cape Town to Nelspruit: 2 hours, 35 minutes.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
Wherever possible, buy local food and souvenirs and support local artisans.
Avoid single-use plastic; instead, take fabric shopping bags with you.
If self-driving, adhere to the rules of the road.
Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home, and watch out for pickpockets and bag snatchers when out and about.
What do I do in an emergency?
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
What must I pack?
Light, cotton (breathable) clothing for summer, warm layers for winter.
Lightweight rain jacket.
Comfortable walking shoes.
Sunscreen, lip balm, hat, swimsuits and sunglasses.
Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
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