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Kaapsehoop – wild horses, blue swallows, historical buildings and time away
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Kaapsehoop – wild horses, blue swallows, historical buildings and time away

We round the corner at the top of the plateau, having left Nelspruit behind and below us, and there suddenly in a clearing in amongst a series of rough sandstone rocks, Kaapsehoop makes its presence known. The gorgeous little hamlet lies high enough above the towns of Nelspruit and Barberton to experience a completely different set of weather patterns. Residents will tell you that you can anticipate a difference of at least five degrees. It's usually a lot cooler up on the mountain, in amidst numerous pine plantations with names like 'Berlin'. Often white blankets of mist swirl in and the w...
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Adam’s Calendar
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Adam’s Calendar

“Oh, sorry, no we don't organise tours to Adams Calendar”, the rather disheveled youth who seems to be managing Koek 'n Pan single handedly through an unanticipated brunch rush, tells me. I good naturedly fail to mention that I've already taken the trouble to fill out the form he thrust in my hands earlier, when I broached a tour to the stones. I'm beginning to wonder if Adam's Calendar is deliberately ellusive and difficult to find for visitors. Perhaps it's fitting that the stones, shrouded in mystery, remain that way ... There is a book lying on the table in front of me called 'Ad...
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I Love Komatipoort Because …
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I Love Komatipoort Because …

Hi, I’m Sue from Trees Too Guest Lodge in Komatipoort, Mpumalanga. Komatipoort IS BEST KNOWN FOR the Crocodile Bridge Gate into the Kruger, being next to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders and for prawns! GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Kruger National Park with an obliging elephant or lion as your backdrop ... subject to availability! THE BEST wildlife PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the section of the Kruger between Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the stunning Samora Machel monument or from a micro light flight up the Crocodile River. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOO...
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Nelspruits Lowveld Botanical Garden – a little piece of heaven
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Nelspruits Lowveld Botanical Garden – a little piece of heaven

Nelspruits Lowveld Botanical Garden is where I not only lose, but find my hat. Having dropped it somewhere on the pathways through their incredible African rainforest where my mesmerised self lost track of both time, and my hair covering. I was to have it restored to me by one of the entrance attendants who carefully placed it to one side to wait for my return visit, which obviously I was then destined to make. The Lowveld Botanical Garden lies amidst sprawling strip malls and the Tsogo Sun Casinos in the heart of the 'new' part of town that is given over principally to automobile show room...
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A visit to Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit
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A visit to Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit

A visit to Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit - There is no greater peace than contentment. The best reward in life is peace, something that cannot be given to us by the Buddha or any God. We need to create the conditions and environment for peace within ourselves.  The key to peace is contentment.   (Ven. Master Hsing Yun) I'm standing in the vast reception area of the Nan Hua (flower in the south) Buddhist Temple reading various meaningful passages by the Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order ... The temple, which is actually a village that take...
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Day Trips from Nelspruit
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Day Trips from Nelspruit

There is a lot more to Nelspruit, or Mbombela, than its proximity to the Kruger National Park alone. It is true that this qualifies as a major attraction for visitors. That it lies within an hour's drive of the huge national park is a tempting possibility for day trips into the park (and is no doubt the reason why everyone in Nelspruit drives around in an SUV). But there is a lot more to do and see within 80 kilometres of the popular Lowveld city, through which the Crocodile River meanders (and continues to wend its way through much of the surrounding countryside; one seems to cross it a my...
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When in Nelspruit: shop ’til you drop
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When in Nelspruit: shop ’til you drop

Nelspruit is fondly known as Nellies by those who live there, and Mbombela by all that is official, although you are still alright for signs on the highway – most of these still indicate Nelspruit, for those as distracted as I am. There has been an official name change. Nelspruit, home of Radio Laeveld 100.5 fm, is called Mbombela. But since this happened only in 2009, and the city was still officially referred to as 'Nelspruit' for the World cup, and all road signs (as I already mentioned) still call the city Nelspruit, there is some obvious confusion. The only people unconcerned are th...
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Anvil Ale – Handcrafted Ale Anyone?
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Anvil Ale – Handcrafted Ale Anyone?

The first indication that Dullstroom is the home of Anvil Ale, a micro brewery that produces artisinal beer exclusively for the town, is the unobtrusive sign, strategically placed at the entrance to the popular weekend town. Admittedly it is at ground level, but it is obvious enough that even I see it, and it indicates that at the other end of the main road is the promise of beer. South African's love their beer, and seeking out an ale house, particularly when on holiday, is something just about everyone who sees the sign is wont to do. So the garden of Anvil Ale House, even at half past th...
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I Love Nelspruit Because …
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I Love Nelspruit Because …

Hi, I’m Charmaine de Lange from Eco Eden Bush Lodge in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Nelspruit IS BEST KNOWN FOR its excellent climate, bushveld and nearby Kruger National Park. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT God’s Window on the Panorama route, an easy day drive with numerous waterfalls as well as the gold diggers town of Pilgrim’s Rest en route.  The scenery is literally breathtaking as you stand on top of the escarpment, looking into the KNP and Mozambique in the distance. THE BEST action PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT The Big Swing in Graskop or doing white water rafting on the Sabie River. O...
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Bourkes Luck Potholes Photographs
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Bourkes Luck Potholes Photographs

Begin your wander around Mpumalanga with Bourke's Luck Potholes, for they are without doubt incredible. To see these geological wonders (it is no surprise to learn that Bourke's Luck Potholes made it onto Frommer's 500 places to take your kids before they grow up) that are an amazing array of white, yellow and dark brown eddies of colour because of the soil present in the water, you'll need to travel roughly 35 kilometres due north of Graskop on the R532. They are on the Panorama Route and are one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa, so best get there ahead of the bus tours...
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Mpumalanga Top Things To Do
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Mpumalanga Top Things To Do

They speak about Mpumalanga as the place of the rising sun. Indicative in many ways of the outdoor lifestyle that is the essence of time-out in Mpumalanga, one goes there for the wide open spaces, the sweeping mountains, torrentous rivers and waterfalls, and valleys enshrouded in mist. The  romance of the lowveld beckons with its game farms, lodges and bush breaks in the southern parts of the Kruger National Park. Think Mpumalanga, and Bourkes Luck Potholes come to mind, followed swiftly by other geographic icons like God's Window and the Three Rondawels. So much of the Mpumalanga provi...
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Adams Calendar and Stone Circle Ruins in Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga
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Adams Calendar and Stone Circle Ruins in Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga

Adams Calendar and Stone Circle Ruins in Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga ~ Like many South Africans I took a gap year after school and went to the UK to work and experience life. Which ultimately ended up in me working in a pub for pittance and spending most of my time drinking. Still I did manage to see a little of the United Kingdom and spent some time in Somerset county after going there for the Glastonbury festival. While I was there I saw Stonehenge, the Avebury stone circle and developed quite a liking for the strange, symmetrical stone formations that apparently were maps of the stars....
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One of South Africa’s most impressive wonders: the Sudwala Caves
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One of South Africa’s most impressive wonders: the Sudwala Caves

Area 51 in New Mexico, the Bermuda triangle, the location of Osama Bin Laden - everybody likes a good mystery... Take the Sudwala Caves for instance. Legend has it that the Sudwala Caves have no end and they may stretch for more than 40km under the mountains. There is also an unexplained constant flow of fresh air in the caves that no one can find the source of. Ok, so it’s not exactly a Sherlock Holmes type mystery, but it still is interesting. Towering above the valley of the lively mountain stream Houtbosloop, the vast Mankelexele (rock upon rock) mountain range holds one of South Afr...
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Leopard Encounter in the Kruger National Park
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Leopard Encounter in the Kruger National Park

Janet & John Wills from Porcupine Ridge Guest House in Sabie had this unexpected, heart-stopping Leopard encounter on a recent break in the Kruger National Park ... At around 8.30am on 18 December 2009 my husband, our adult son and I, left Tamboti Tented Camp and drove east along the H7 towards Satara Camp. We soon came to the turning for N'wamatsatsa Waterhole and decided to check it out. Rounding a corner on the dirt road we saw two tiny leopard cubs running across the road with the mother leopard following closely behind. The cubs soon disappeared in the long grass, follow...
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