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Located in the northeast of South Africa, Mpumalanga, formerly the Eastern Transvaal, is a melting pot of history, culture and varied terrain, a treasure trove of attractions that are arguably amongst the richest in the world.

History has played a defining role in shaping the destiny of this beautiful region. From the early beginnings, through the magical legends of King Solomon and Queen Sheba, wonderful sites and artefacts of ancient civilisations, the heady days of the gold rush and the wagon trains forging their way through the veld, the iconic Jock of the Bushveld, to the Boer War battlefields that dot the landscape. They may have been in the past but they have left behind a legacy to their passing.

Zebra at Kruger National Park

In 1873 a prospector discovered alluvial gold on a farm near the village now known as Pilgrim’s Rest. Though the discovery was kept a secret, inevitably another prospector soon found gold and the gold rush was on! Officially proclaimed a gold field in September 1873, Pilgrim’s Rest attracted countless optimistic gold panners and prospectors from all over the world. The diggers, recognizing a true home after so many false trails and shattered dreams, aptly named the village Pilgrim’s Rest. A scatter of tents and rudimentary shacks soon gave way to a flourishing village with sturdy brick houses, church, shops, canteen, a newspaper and importantly, the well-known Royal Hotel. Today Pilgrim’s Rest has been preserved as a ‘living museum’ as a testimony to the strength and tenacity of its founding fathers.

When it comes to wildlife and bush, Mpumalanga offers more diversity and more excitement than any other country in the world, and has created more lifetime memories than any other experience or holiday could ever hope to achieve. The provincial capital, Nelspruit, is the perfect gateway to explore the wonders of the bushveld.

Home to the iconic Kruger National Park - one of the biggest wildlife reserves in the world, and certainly the most accessible - Mpumalanga is equally well known for the private game lodges and reserves that make the Province unique in this regard. The choices are endless.

Sporting opportunities abound and the plethora of rivers winding their way down to the Indian Ocean provide a variety of kayaking and white water opportunities. Mix game with adventure - try a walking safari, horseback safari, and elephant back safari - even a mountain bike safari. At a more sedate pace, the rarefied highlands of the Dullstroom and Lydenberg region are legendary in fly-fishing circles. Or experience the once in a lifetime opportunity of taking off in a hot air balloon in the crisp pre-dawn air, and survey the beauty of Mpumalanga - 'the place where the sun rises'. Or go underground in a unique caving excursion at the world-famous Sudwala Caves.

The 2010 Football World Cup has brought out the best in South Africa and the Mbombela Stadium has been erected in Nelspruit to cater for this prestigious global event. The stadium will remain as testament to the love of soccer by all South Africans and will be in use for generations to come.
For those wishing a nature-based experience, Mpumalanga has the natural wonders to satisfy your desire.  The iconic Blyde River Canyon with its mysterious Bourke’s Luck Potholes, for example, is the 3rd largest canyon in the world. Visit any one of the majestic waterfalls that dot the landscape - the mighty Berlin Falls, the historic Mac Mac Falls or the Elands River Falls outside Waterval Boven.
The subtropical climate of the Lowveld region of Mpumalanga make this a year-round destination for anyone wishing to experience the best wildlife and bush that this planet has to offer.


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