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The province of Mpumalanga, which straddles the Drakensberg mountain range, combines the best of both the Lowveld and the Highveld, with humid grasslands below, and cool, quiet forests blanketing the peaks above. Most famous for the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga offers a wealth of natural and historical attractions … MORE \ Discover Mpumalanga \ To find the perfect place to stay visit Mpumalanga Accommodation or see Mpumalanga Hotels on SA-Venues.com. (Popular searches include Nelspruit, White River, Hazyview and Kruger park).

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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… Continued

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

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 Coachman catered for Dullstroom. Well, that swayed us and after canceling at The Mayfly we headed for the Coachman! Continued

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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 looking to discover a rather different side to South Africa. Such secrets are best when shared, though, so here are some of the mysteries of Dullstroom uncovered … Continued

Monday, 30 December 2013

Why I love the Kruger National Park

Why I Love Kruger

Why I Love Kruger

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 Safari Lodge and went out before the sun rose and again before sunset to witness animals at their most active times… Continued

Friday, 22 November 2013
What to wear in South Africa

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 the air, this can become rather uncomfortable for those not accustomed to the heat. Winters are slightly drier (but not significantly so), with daily highs of about 20 to 22 degrees Celsius. The Lowveld includes the famous Kruger National Park. Continued

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

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 built with a spectacular view over the dry riverbed and our outdoor dining area where we could choose to have our meals.  Continued

Monday, 28 October 2013

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 stood beneath stairs leading up to the breakfast area and on every table was a set of wonderful wildlife books to browse. Continued

Friday, 25 October 2013

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 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. Continued

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

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. Continued

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

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 find joy here and whilst the flowers are known to be spectacular in Spring, Winter time yields the most beautiful orange colour in Aloes which are dotted around the bushveld. The Anglo Boer Monument called Berg-en-dal is only a short drive away. Continued

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

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 dinner on your deck in your chalet. Continued

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Go Bos at Innibos Kunstefees

Innibos Kunstefees

Innibos Kunstefees

Every year for the past nine years, the Innibos Arts Festival has welcomed an influx of people to Nelspruit, in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Recently, these people have exceeded 100 000 in number. In the annual Fiesta Awards in Cape Town, Innibos was voted the country’s most popular festival and, watching the attendance numbers escalate every year, this is not surprising.

Innibos began in 2003 and will, therefore, be celebrating its tenth consecutive year in 2013. So, the next festival is likely to be an even greater success as locals and tourists flock from all over to share in the fun and celebrations.

Being an arts festival, Innibos focuses on theatre and children’s theatre, cabaret, literature, dancing, drama, and so on. More than 200 artists, actors and musicians attend it each year, eager to showcase their talents and creative ingenuity, and to receive feedback, inspiration and comments from their valued spectators. Continued

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Exploring the Panorama Route

The Panorama Route

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 waterfalls that thunder down in an impressive display of the power of nature. These verdant surrounds are, naturally, home to a number of awesome animal species, which combine with the flora to make the Panorama Route a very memorable must-see for locals and international visitors alike. Continued

Friday, 18 January 2013

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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Lowveld Botanical Gardens

Lowveld Botanical Gardens

The Mpumalanga Province is known around the world for its natural beauty and vibrant abundance in terms of the trees, flowers and general vegetation that flourishes here. The Lowveld National Botanical Gardens are the perfect place in which to immerse yourself in this beauty and to appreciate the natural wonders of real South African flora. These gardens are situated just off White River Road in the province’s capital city, Nelspruit.

The gardens are intercepted by the Crocodile River and the Nels River, which converge right in the heart of the gardens, creating stunning waterfalls that thunder down with majestic power. There are two viewing points (Nels and Cascades) from which these spectacular falls are best enjoyed. Continued

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Explore Marloth Park

Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Sanctuary

The wildlife sanctuary of Marloth Park is a stunning holiday hotspot on the southern border of the world-famous Kruger National Park. This part of South Africa is acclaimed for its richness and diversity in terms of the fauna and flora that have made this their home.

Some of the animals include four out of the Big 5; namely rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion. The boundary between Marloth Park and the Kruger National Park is formed by the magnificent Crocodile River, and the African Elephants of Kruger (the fifth member of the Big 5) are frequently spotted drinking from its cool waters.

Lion’s Spruit is the game reserve at Marloth Park and homes the predators as well as an array of antelope (including the Blue Wildebeest, Nyala, Impala and Kudu), zebra, giraffe and warthog. These herbivorous animals roam freely, giving guests and visitors the unrivalled experience of living amongst them.

Of course, the more dangerous species are kept in large enclosures for their own safety as well as that of the visitors. The abundance of bird species that soar overhead guarantees excellent sightings for those that are keen bird-watchers. Continued