Mpumalanga, the province of the rising sun is home to the Lowveld, an explorer’s dream with flat, lush grasslands and rich wildlife. This adventurer’s paradise will steal your heart with its charming towns, breathtaking views and natural wonders.
By Tamara Toti
The subtropical climate of the area sprinkles each season with magic as everything is transformed, waiting to be discovered by the next visitor passing through.
Mbombela, the gateway to Mpumalanga is abuzz with activity and a major stopover for tourists and local travellers making their way to the Kruger National Park or
Mozambique. Sitting on the fertile Crocodile River, this town is home to The Lowveld Botanical Gardens, the first man-made forest with about 2000 exquisite and rare plant species. The area has a large selection of luxury accommodation from which to explore, with a long list of bed & breakfasts, self-catering establishments, tented safari camps and holiday resorts to choose from, perfect for a family holiday or romantic getaway.
Nestled in the De Kaap Valley and fringed by the Makonjwa Mountains, Barberton is where you’ll hear homegrown stories of the South African gold rush. This newly named world heritage site is illed with charming restaurants, has a mild climate and an array of activities.
Go on an underground mining tour, visit Pilgrim’s Rest or catch a ride on the Barberton Steam Locomotive. There are also a variety of adventure sports to choose from.
Visit www.barberton.co.za for more information on this historical site.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
In the heart of the Lowveld lies the Kruger National Park, a land surrounded by legend, history and African wildlife. It’s vast landscapes of approximately 2 million hectares run across Mpumalanga and Limpopo and are known as home to hundreds of animals and a variety of birdlife.
Africa’s larges game reserve will take you on an epic tour of the imagination, where you’ll experience the greatest creation mother nature has produced. Young and old will be impressed by what they discover as they tour the Park. Choose from a guided tour, game safari, bush walk or wilderness trail, the list of activities is endless. Choose to stay at a rest camp, holiday resort or spend some time picnicking under the African sky.
For prices, tours and accommodation visit www.krugerpark.co.za.
Hidden in the Mankelekele Hills are the oldest caves on earth with their existence going back 300 million years. Prepare yourself for a once-in-a-lifetime caving experience at Sudwala Caves. Travel 600 meters underground to see naturally formed rock formations like the ‘Screaming Monster’ and the PR Owen Amphitheatre. For the more adventurous, travel 2000 meters below for the crystal tour and hear the magical sound of the lowstone.
Reserve some time during the trip for an exciting outing with the kids to the Dinosaur and Butterfly Park.
Tours are suitable for all ages and run daily all year round. To book a tour, other activities and accommodation visit www.sudwalacaves.com.
Sitting in the centre of the Blyde River Canyon, the Panorama Route is one of the most scenic self-drive routes in the Lowveld. Close to the Kruger National Park, and known for its dramatic landscapes and greatest attraction at Graskop, is God’s Window, make sure to pass through. God’s Window has seen tourists come from afar to experience its neverending skies and spectacular views. Travelling along the route, pop into Sabie, Hazyview or White River – all very popular for their luxurious accommodation and adventure. The route ends at Swadini Forever Resort on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. Swadini is great for the
whole family with a wide selection of things to do.