The region we struggle to pronounce and spell - Mpumalanga - The name means east or literally "the place where the sun rises" in Swazi, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu. Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. And what a stunningly beautiful area it is.
BLYDE RIVER CANYON
The third deepest canyon in the world with panoramic views over cliffs rising 600 - 800m out of the river bed, is guaranteed to take your breath away. The reserve stretches for 25 000 hectares and is home to an abundance of bird life including a breeding colony of the rare Bald Ibis.
The canyon starts at Bourke's Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels with a public road running along the western boundary to offer easy access to the sights including The Pinnacle and God's Window. Maybe plan to see this area by helicopter tour!
Encounter the thrill of being up close and personal with a Majestic African Elephant. Witness their intelligence, compassionate nature and the sheer delight the elephant experience when interacting with their human counterparts. The Elephant Interaction offers you the opportunity to feel their constantly curious trunks, touch their rough skin, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats, while learning about their behaviour and history from the Elephant Handlers. An Elephant Back Ride offers a different perspective; embark on a journey which was once a privilege reserved only for kings!
Visit Chimp Eden
Situated within the beautiful 1,000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, 15 kilometres outside Nelspruit, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their natural habitats in Africa.
The abseil takes place from a 27-metre high granite outcrop that offers spectacular views across the Sabie River, the Kruger National Park and the Lowveld! This makes “going over the edge” a breathtaking experience. An activity for the thrill seeker!
Gecko River Tubing
Tubing with a difference - go down the Sabie River in raft-like tube, paddling with wrist fins! No paddles needed! Very easy to steer, very safe and one of the coolest ways to have fun with family and friends in the sun and water.
These are just a few of the many special things The Independent Traveller can do to make your Mpumalanga experience special. For more information and travel inspirations, contact us.