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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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Visit Marloth Park – a unique conservation area brimming with wildlife
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Visit Marloth Park – a unique conservation area brimming with wildlife

South of The Kruger National Park, separated only by a fence and the Crocodile River, is Marloth Park - a unique conservation area that brims with wildlife and is thick with dense bush. If you are travelling to Marloth Park from Johannesburg / Pretoria Accommodation I would recommend going via the extremely scenic N4 Road the entire way until you reach Olifants Drive at which point you will turn north towards the Park. Toll roads dominate the N4 so be prepared to stop three times and bring enough cash with to cover these expenses. The drive time is approximately five hours. Another r...
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Exploring South Africa’s oldest private reserve, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
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Exploring South Africa’s oldest private reserve, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The first pioneers of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve date back to the late 1920’s.  They aimed to protect the beautiful fauna and flora of the land and today six of those families have third and fourth generation owners of the land. It was only in 1948 when landowners formed Sabi Sand private nature reserve.  Here you’ll find endangered species, surreal safari experiences, moving landscapes and world-class lodges. Endangered species on the reserve include Honey Badgers, Red-billed Oxpeckers,  Wild Dogs, Bats and Ground Hornbill. The Sand and Sabie Rivers supply this reserve with water and provi...
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A Winter weekend getaway to the Highlands Meander
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A Winter weekend getaway to the Highlands Meander

For Gauteng residents, it will only take a 2-3 hour drive from the bustle of the city to reach the tranquility of the Mpumalanga Highlands Meander.  This area calls to all lovers of nature, rock climbers, fly fishing enthusiasts and bird watchers.  For those who wouldn’t mind taking a walk through the history books of South Africa, you’ll find many reminders and monuments of a time gone by. The town of Belfast welcomes visitors as the gateway to the Meander.  This is a mining town and quality coal, iron, granite and black granite form a big part of this town’s economy.  Fly fishers will fin...
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Enjoy the view at Tanamera Lodge in Hazyview
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Enjoy the view at Tanamera Lodge in Hazyview

Head into the forest and find yourself at the 4-star graded Tanamera Lodge set on the slopes of the malaria-free Sabie River Valley. Enjoy breathtaking scenery on the Lowveld in comfortable, beautiful accommodation in Hazyview. You have the perfect base to explore the big 5 Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route on the R536. If you're a birding enthusiast then bring your binoculars and spend some time looking for the Purple Crested Turaco and Narina Trogan (just some of the feathered friends you'll find). If you're looking for a meal with a little difference you can enjoy a private din...
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Exploring the Panorama Route
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Exploring the Panorama Route

The Panorama Route is situated in Mpumalanga Province at stretches from the town of Graskop (the official gateway) and then includes famous South African attractions like the Echo Caves, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. As the home of these popular tourist favourites, the Panorama Route  is frequented by visitors from all over the world. The province of Mpumalanga is a particularly lush, fertile one, with tropical and subtropical vegetation. This means that vistas of the landscape are peppered with green mountains, densely vegetated valleys, deep canyons and pristine clear water...
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