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Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga is situated on the east coast of South Africa and the name of this province also means the "place where the sun rises." It is the gateway to the famous Kruger National Park, this area is north. However, Mpumalanga has many more attractions. Nature has several beautiful shapes in mountains, waterfalls, lakes, thermal springs, grasslands, marshes and many species of flora and fauna live.

Adventure activities in Mpumalanga:
Mpumalanga offers excellent opportunities for mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, bungee jumping, hot air ballooning and hiking. In this province you will find rare specimens of San rock art and in the Botshabelo Historical Village where you can learn more about the culture of one of the South African tribes, the AmaNdebele. In summer it can be over 35ºC in the lowlands but the temperature usually fluctuates and is around 24ºC. There may fall heavy rains during that period. In the highlands it can freeze in the winter but in the lower parts the temperature ranges from 10ºC to 26ºC. Please note that in the lowlands there is malaria.

Nelspruit: capital of Mpumalanga Province
Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga and is situated on the Crocodile River Valley. Thanks to its location on the river and the subtropical climate it is very fertile. The environment is very woody and all kinds of fruit, exotic plants and flowers grow and there is an important tobacco and timber industry. Nelspruit is a gateway to the attractions in Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park and Swaziland. In the town you have buses and tour operators that bring you to the attractions, all kinds of restaurants, ATMs and there are several supermarkets to buy supplies. Want to shop? Try your luck in the somewhat garish Riverside Mall, 5 km to north of Nelspruit. Nice for a walk is the Lowveld National Botanic Gardens where native forest, tropical plants and baobab trees can be seen. Nearby are some beautiful walks through the Lowveld and some historical places. Slightly northwest you find the Croc River Reptile Park where you can see the original inhabitants of the Crocodile River.

Waterfalls Route in Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga is high and it rains a lot. Because of this and created by erosion, there are spectacular waterfalls; nowhere in southern Africa are there so many waterfalls! Waterfalls Route of 100 km takes you past some stunning waterfalls in the old gold mining area between Sabie and Graskop. Because the route can be quite slippery, it is highly recommended you adhere to the safety regulations. You start in Sabie in north-eastern Mpumalanga where you go on the R532. You first come past the Horseshoe Falls which gets its name from the shape of a horseshoe, then, the Old Lydenburg Road towards the Lone Creek Falls. These waterfalls are a type of spray rain of nearly a 70m fall down on ferns and forest. A little further on, the ornamental Bridal Veil Falls that make you think of a bridal veil.

Back in the Old Lydenburg Road; you go north to the Mac Mac Falls named after Scottish prospectors. Here it is wonderful to picnic and swim in the Mac Mac Pools that are 3km away. The following is the Maria Shires Falls, which lies within a forest that mainly cause a huge roar after rain. Further north you pass Graskop and you'll pass the Lisbon Falls. These waterfalls plunge as much as 90 m down. Nearby is the absolute must see Berlin Falls. This gorgeous waterfall flows through a naturally formed lock before a 80 m lower falls into a deep green lake. The Waterfalls Route lies in the east of Mpumalanga near Sabie and Graskop.

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga
The Blyde River Canyon is a spectacular gorge of up to 30 km. It is the third largest canyon in the world! For centuries the fast-flowing Blyde River winds by an area of 700 m and it is composed of clay and quartz rock. By erosion, there is an impressive maze of cliffs, islands and rocky plateaus which arise that makes up the Blyde River Canyon. Here are some very special forms like the Pinnacle. This is a giant stone tower which seems to come out of the ground. The layering of this peculiar pillar, you can see its history and it was once below sea level. Nearby are two great vantage points: Wonder View and God's Window. Despite the many tourist stalls it is really incredibly beautiful here. At God's Window, via a small path, it leads to a point where you overlook the low plains at 1000 m below you.

The Three Rondavels in Mpumalanga
Other special geological formations in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is the Three Rondavels. These three round hills have many similarities with the traditional huts of the Xhosa tribe. They are by the erosion made of soft stone worn under a hood kind of harder rock. It looks like roofs of the huts above the gorge.

The impressive Bourke's Luck Potholes are created by the confluence of the Blyde River (River of happiness) and the Weeping River (river of sorrow). The bizarre cylindrical holes where the first prospectors of where huge amounts of gold was picked up. At the nearby Visitor's Centre you can get more information on the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. From here some short walks start. You can also take the stunning Blyde River Canyon Hiking Trail of 60 km which takes about 5 days. This takes you through all kinds of scenic and geological highlights of the Blyde River Canyon.

You can also drive along the gorge with a car. Another attraction is the Panorama Route. But if you have the time to explore this area then definitely on foot! Not only do you enjoy the beautiful environment, but you also have a greater chance to spot the different animals. Here the following animals live: hippos, crocodiles and a variety of bird, reptile and antelope species and all species of monkeys found in South Africa.

Pilgrim's Rest in Mpumalanga
Pilgrim's Rest is a living museum that takes you back to the time of the miners. In 1873 Alec "Wheelbarrow" Patterson found gold here and soon sought it all along with about 1500 adventurers. Until 1971, Pilgrim's Rest was a gold mining town when the last mine Bete Mine was closed. Today it is restored to its former state and you as a visitor can visit all kinds of houses, restaurants, post office, St. Mary's Church and even the cemetery. On one of the graves there are mysterious words' robbers grave "... here you have a chance at fortune! The Diggings Museum organizes tours to go search for alluvial gold in Pilgrim's Creek. Pilgrim's Rest is located in the north-eastern Mpumalanga on the R533.