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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest
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15 inspiring South African Rainforest Facts – South Africa’s Only Rainforest

We explore South African rainforest facts. South Africa's only rainforest rests on the edge of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of Nelspruit, in a place so unlikely that hardly anyone knows it exists. It isn't a naturally occurring rainforest. South Africa's erratic dry periods mean that the chances of a tropical rainforest, as they occur in Africa, is virtually impossible. Rainforests receive, on average, 80 inches of rain a year – an average highly unlikely in a place like Nelspruit (just outside the Kruger National Park), which gets an annual rainfall of about 800 mm, and li...
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8 Waterfalls of the Secret Sabie Waterfall Route
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8 Waterfalls of the Secret Sabie Waterfall Route

The Lowveld's Sabie Waterfall Route is an insider secret in South Africa. Few people have written about it, despite its being just 60 km west of the famous Kruger National Park. And even fewer visitors know of the route - often cast in the shadow of the more spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Yet the Sabie Waterfall Route connects eight of the most spectacular waterfalls of Mpumalanga, the province with the most waterfalls in the country. Waterfalls are an irresistible draw for travellers. And you will journey miles before managing to combine the effortless beauty of so many falls wit...
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Mpumalanga Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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Mpumalanga Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

In Mpumalanga tented camps in the bush are about getting away from it all in lush green surrounds where bird life predominates, and where on many of the game reserves you can stroll without fear of predators. Have a look through these 14 Mpumalanga Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend Hamiltons Tented Camp, Manyeleti In the heart of the Kruger National Park, each of the six magnificent tents at Hamiltons has teak floorboards, mosquito nets, baths, outdoor showers and a private deck with beautiful views. These canvas havens each have air conditioning, a double bed, a desk and a ...
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8 Best Small Towns of Mpumalanga
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8 Best Small Towns of Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga lies between Johannesburg and the kingdoms of Swaziland and Mozambique. Its main attraction is the southern section of the Kruger National Park, but its sub-tropical weather, unbelievable scenery, and the Blyde River Canyon are the other reasons for visitors from all over the world. Yet so many make the mistake of passing through the country's smallest province without exploring the byways and back roads beyond the Kruger's boundaries. Mpumalanga, which in Zulu means the place of the rising sun, has an extensive network of little towns in amongst its green valleys, citrus grov...
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I Love White River Because …
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I Love White River Because …

Hi, I’m Amanda from umSisi House and umSisi Cottage just outside White River on the way to the Kruger National Park and just minutes away from the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. White River IS BEST KNOWN FOR its proximity to the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN IN the Blyde River Canyon and show your friends what it looks like to be 'on top of the world'. THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Three Rondavels where the sign says 'Do not go any further'. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT God's Window and Wonder View. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO tak...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In Mpumalanga
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In Mpumalanga

It is not difficult to find exceptional scenic spots in Mpumalanga. This province is riddled with picture card moments designed to keep Instagrammers happy. The Blyde River Canyon, the province's main draw card, is not its only geographical wonder. Others include: Bourke's Luck Potholes, a long list of waterfalls, the Three Rondawels, and God's Window. But if you want to avoid the tourists, particularly in summer, then here are 20 secret scenic spots in Mpumalanga for those #instagram_sa #thisissouthafrica moments... THE PLATEAU OVERLOOKING THE BARBERTON VALLEY AT KAAPSEHOOP High up o...
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Walks in the Wild – 7 Kruger Wilderness Trails
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Walks in the Wild – 7 Kruger Wilderness Trails

Wilderness trails are one of the only true ways to experience the essence of nature. They imply an escape into the great beyond, a following of your heart, rather than any designated paths. They necessitate the absence of people, society and the noise and bombardment that come with it. Wilderness trails in the bush are totally unique to the African continent. Those who walk them claim they are the only way to know Africa. For once you have done a wilderness trail in the Kruger National Park, there is only one way to be in the bush, and that is to walk it. There is, however, a proviso... I...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga's rare combination of lowveld and escarpment, sub-tropical weather, summer rains and unbelievable scenic beauty makes the province one of the country's best-kept secrets. Yet despite the millions of tourists who enter the Kruger National Park annually a huge proportion pass through Mpumalanga without exploring the richness of natural beauty beyond the park's boundaries. Mpumalanga, place of the rising sun, has a history and natural beauty that will take your breath away. Explore the Top Ten Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga ... THE BLYDE RIVER CANYON It's hard to beat th...
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Dining at Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane
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Dining at Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining not once, but twice in the same day at the superb Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane. Located just outside the well known Leopard Creek Golf Estate and named after Stevenson Hamilton, the first Kruger National Park ranger, Hamiltons offers good quality food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Originally a trading store and now a family run restaurant Hamiltons is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike...  Our first visit of the day was for breakfast. As the only customers we had our pick of tables and to take advantag...
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Dining at The Royal Coachman in Dullstroom
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Dining at The Royal Coachman in Dullstroom

We recently did a bit of a road trip to Malelane in Mpumalanga and spent a night en-route in the quaint town of Dullstroom. Although we had booked a self catering unit at Treelands Estate, who really wants to self cater when there is such a choice of restaurants to dine at? After strolling through the town on our arrival two venues caught our eye; The Royal Coachman and The Mayfly. We decided on The Mayfly and reserved a table but after chatting to our host at Treelands and asking his opinion of the two, he summarized by saying that The Mayfly catered more for Sandton while the Royal Coachm...
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Dullstroom’s Secrets
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Dullstroom’s Secrets

Dullstroom is a tiny village situated halfway between the urban epicentre of Johannesburg in Gauteng and the world-famous Kruger National Park. It is situated in Mpumalanga Province and is known for the five F’s: fly-fishing, fauna, flora, food, and the beautiful fresh air that permeates every part of its charm and allure. In fact, it is one of the top fly-fishing destinations in the country and, as a result, attracts some regular anglers, despite its being so small. However, there are some little-known facts about Dullstroom that make it an even more intriguing getaway; ideal for those loo...
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Why I love the Kruger National Park
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Why I love the Kruger National Park

As young girl, I first visited the Kruger National Park with my parents and brother.  We stayed in a camp just outside and drove in during the day seeking out animals and waiting for them to burst out from the bushes. For large chunks of the drive we didn’t see much except bush, acacia trees and large rocks forming little mountains. But each time my brother and I laid eyes on an elephant herd making its way across the road or a giraffe bending over to eat the leaves of trees, it was magical. This year, I was able to visit this wildlife haven again.  We stayed inside the park at Jock Safa...
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What to wear in Mpumalanga – The Mpumalanga Packing List
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What to wear in Mpumalanga – The Mpumalanga Packing List

Mpumalanga’s topography is a varied one, comprising of the Highveld (high lying) and the Lowveld (low lying) regions. Naturally, due to their altitudes and physical characteristics, these regions display different climates. This makes Mpumalanga an even more interesting place to visit at almost any time of year. The Lowveld of this province enjoys a tropical climate that is hot and humid during summer, and temperate during winter. The annual rains occur mainly during the summer months. Between December and March, daily highs often reach well into the 30’s. Accompanied with the moisture in t...
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The wild reveals its secrets at Jock Safari Lodge
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The wild reveals its secrets at Jock Safari Lodge

From the time we pulled up at Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, I knew that it was going to be a bush experience of note and a luxurious one at that.  Smiling staff came straight to the car and offered to carry all of our suitcases, backpacks and bags to our rooms.  We were offered an ice cold glass of juice whilst checking in and even the general manger, Louis Strauss, came out to meet and introduce himself. Our villa in the bush captivated me immediately.  As we were shown around the room, I took in the splash pool built on a wooden deck, our shaded A-frame lounging area buil...
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A Stay at Maqueda Lodge
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A Stay at Maqueda Lodge

We arrived at Maqueda Lodge in the heat of an Mpumalanga day.  It was close to 40 degrees Celius and all I wanted to do was lay my burdens (suitcase) down and dunk my head into a freezer.  Francois met us upon arrive with a smile, a smile that never seemed to leave his face for the duration of our stay. He showed us their spa treatment room fit with its own splash pool, couches and light material acting as a shade cloth.  We walked into the open-air lounge with treasures for the eye in every corner.  White drapes seemed to sway ever so slightly behind two blood-red matching chairs.  A piano...
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