Zulu for ‘where the sun rises’, Mpumalanga is a lush and bountiful province in the eastern section of South Africa. Bordering the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga is home to an abundance of wildlife. This is also where you can find the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and a magnificent site with incredible views. Visitors can explore a myriad of quaint towns full of shops, markets and fantastic restaurants.

Zulu for ‘where the sun rises’, Mpumalanga is a lush and bountiful province in the eastern section of South Africa. Bordering the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga is not only home to an abundance of wildlife, including the Big 5, but it’s also a province with a focus on environmental conservation. This is also where you can find the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and a magnificent natural wonder that boasts the famous viewpoint, God’s Window. Travellers can take scenic drives through picturesque countryside dotted with quaint towns. Places like Graskop, White River and Pilgrim’s Rest offer lovely stopovers with plenty of great restaurants and activities.

Highlights

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Visit Blyde River Canyon and hike up to the magnificent viewpoint, God’s Window.
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Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Mac Mac Pools.
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Grab lunch at the famous Harrie’s Pancakes in Graskop.
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Pop over to the Kruger National Park or visit Sabi Sands Game Reserve for a world-class safari experience.
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Explore Mpumalanga’s history and some quaint shops at the scenic Pilgrim’s Rest.
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Visit Casterbridge and Phat Boys Beer House in the beautiful farming town, White River.

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Due to the dramatic differences in topography between the Highveld and Lowveld, Mpumalanga has slightly varying climates. The Lowveld, which encompasses the capital city Mbombela and the region near the Kruger National Park is a tropical climate. This means that this area gets high rainfall during the summer months, between September to March. The Highveld, in the western section of the province, consists of savannah grassland. This part is drier and due to its altitude, temperatures can vary dramatically. Generally, the best time to visit would be during the winter months between April and August, which are cooler, drier and ideal for wildlife viewing.

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