Provinces

Mpumalanga

MpumalangMpumalanga, which means "land of the rising sun" in the local SiSwati language, offers you from exhilarating wildlife, to secluded mountain retreats, wild water sports and some of South Africa's most diverse and vibrant African cultures.

Mpumalanga is therefore one of South Africa's top tourist destinations. Know as "Paradise Country", few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of the Lowveld and escarpment. Mpumalanga covers nearly 80 000 km² from rolling highlands to the lofty escarpment and the lush wetlands.

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Kruger National Park

One of Africa's oldest and biggest National parks, the Kruger National Park is situated in the north east corner of South Africa. It spans two provinces; Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and borders Mozambique and is in the top three safari destinations in Africa.

The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

Most of the park is situated in the Lowveld. Restricted to broad valleys below 1 000m above sea level, the Lowveld is what many people consider to be the 'real' Africa. In this low-lying subtropical climate, broad-leaved trees and thorn trees co-exist happily in relatively open woodland, interspersed with long grass - and, of course, game. Wildlife abounds.

In the last 20 years most of the fences have been removed between the private reserves and South Africa`s Kruger National Park, allowing game to roam freely back and forth. Arguably the most famous of the parks is Sabi Sands, it is here that you will find well known lodges such as Londolozi, Singita and Mala Mala. The Timbavati area is slightly further north and is well known for its large populations of elephant and buffalo. The Kruger National Park is over 2.2 million hectares in size and has recently tendered large untouched concessions, it is here where luxury lodges such as Singita Lebombo and Tinga can be found.

Today the surface area of Kruger National Park is 7,580 miles² (19,633 km²).

Panoramic Route

The magnificent Panorama Route in Mpumalanga is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. Offering a vast array of exciting options for the visitor, the Panorama Route hosts some of the best adrenalin enhancing adventures in the country as well as some more placid pastimes.

One of the major highlights of the region is the Blyde River Canyon Reserve, home to spectacular wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon of its kind in the world. Other highlights include the exquisite waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, the Echo Caves that speak of Africa's powerful tribes such as Pedi, Mapulane and Swazi, trails left behind by the Voortrekkers in regions such as Lydenberg and Ohrigstad, ancient artistic footprints left by indigenous peoples of Africa and the Gold Rush territory, Pilgrim's Rest, home to the early gold prospectors.