The beauty of Mpumalanga is not easily surpassed, and the access visitors have to incredible scenery, mountain landscape, sweeping rivers, waterfalls, and misty valleys make the north-eastern province a popular choice. Here are our top picks on what to do in this amazing province.
Blyde River Canyon
Situated along the Mpumalanga Drakensberg escarpment, the Blyde River Canyon reserve covers a large area extending from the Pinnacle and Gods Window in the south to beyond the mighty Marieps Kop in the north, and ending at Swadini. The reserve is administered by the Mpumalanga Parks Board and is known primarily for the outstanding natural beauty of the canyon as well as the numerous endemic and endangered fauna and flora species present.
Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route
The Kruger may be Mpumalanga’s most famous treasure, but it is certainly not the only one. The province’s perfectly named Panorama Route makes for the most panoramic of road trips. Here, you can take in the majesty of God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon (one of the world’s deepest canyons), Bourke’s Luck Potholes and other scenic viewpoints along this route. Travellers on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route are rewarded with rivers, waterfalls, canyons, rock formations and breathtaking views that stretch to the horizon.
Dullstroom is considered to be the fly fishing capital of South Africa. Located in the Mpumalanga province the area is known for its abundant dams and rivers; all of which are well stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Most of the fly fishing done is on a catch and release basis while some fishermen are given a quota of fish they can take home. Many guesthouses and accommodation establishments offer fly fishing and accommodation packages and guests can go fishing with trained guides.
Go on a safari
Game viewing in Mpumalanga is probably as good as it gets. Kruger National Park is the largest and oldest national park in the world. One of the many reasons why it’s so popular is because it’s practically guaranteed that you’ll see the big 5: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, and leopards. The best safari experiences in the world are said to be found here, with over 140 animal and 150 bird species. You can do Kruger as a self-drive or as a guided tour. Other exciting options include walking safaris, mountain bike trails and a self-drive 4×4 trail.
Mpumalanga is where you’ll find some of South Africa’s most dramatic scenery; more waterfalls than anywhere else in the country; mountains that cocoon Earth’s oldest life form; the oldest dolomite caves in the world; colourful cultures; and adventure activities for adrenaline junkies.
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