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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

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. It was only years later, long having returned to South Africa, cut m...
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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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2010 Host City Nelspruit
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2010 Host City Nelspruit

Nelspruit, 2010 Host City and the capital of Mpumalanga, lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River and has been called the gateway to Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park. The Lowveld botanical gardens just outside Nelspruit boasts a rare collection of plant species and the first man-made rain forest which attracts the majority of Nelspruits visitors. Nearby Sudwala caves, a dinosaur park and cultural centre will expose your senses to the most primitive of Africa’s history. A short distance away from Nelspruit is the gold mining town of Kaapsehoop where the mist filled evenings a...
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A hop, skip and a jump to Pilgrims Rest
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A hop, skip and a jump to Pilgrims Rest

Getting to Pilgrims Rest from Johannesburg takes longer than you think it will. It shouldn't, as the obvious route along the N4 is pretty straight forward - Witbank, Belfast, Waterval Boven - but this is where it starts getting fuzzy, because by this stage not only were we tired, having only left work at around 3pm, but by the time we hit Sabie there was also a not-so-fine mist to contend with. Oncoming traffic became somewhat indistinct, the world took on the ambiance of Narnia (I kept waiting for Mr Tumnus to come trotting out from under a lamppost) and my stomach took the opportunity to ...
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Self-drive the Mpumalanga Escarpment Route
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Self-drive the Mpumalanga Escarpment Route

Take a little escape on the Escarpment Route in Mpumalanga, a specific section of the greater Panorama Route. Buckle up and head out on the road of the 'land of the rising sun' with a journey departure timed with the sunrise. An early start ensures that all of the thirty plus points of interest that fall on this stretch of tar and occasional dirt road, can be ticked off your "to-see" list by the time the colours of dusk take hold of the heavens and the sight in the rear-view mirror takes hold of your contentment. Mother Nature makes grand gestures of rock and water amongst pockets of plain...
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Leopard by Greg Lumley
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Leopard by Greg Lumley

SA-Venues.com are proud to present a series of photographs by well know Cape Town photographer, Greg Lumley. Greg is a freelance photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa who shoots most anything such as  Lifestyle / Editorial, Portraits and Events and Greg is also as a very popular wedding photographer in Cape Town. Greg shares some of his beautiful photographs of South Africa with us ... Leopard at Sabi Sabi Bushlodge in Kruger National Park, South Africa - By and © Greg Lumley Save
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Mpumalanga Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Mpumalanga
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Mpumalanga Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga is often referred to as the 'adventure capital' of South Africa, and it is not hard to imagine that this paradise of lowveld, spectacular mountains, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests, set on the eastern borders of the country and including a portion of the Kruger National Park, serves as one of the Big 5 experiences of the world and a riveting outdoor activity experience ... Mpumalanga, bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland, is set mainly on high grasslands which appear to roll indefinitely in an easterly direction. Mountain peaks rise in the north east of the province, prov...
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Sabie Waterfall – Photograph
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Sabie Waterfall – Photograph

Submitted by Suzaan Minnaar is this beautiful photograph of a waterfall on the famous Panorama Route in Mpumalanga. Highlights of the Panorama Route include the exquisite waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, the Echo Caves and of course the Blyde River Canyon Reserve, home to spectacular wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in all South Africa ... One of the many waterfalls on the Sabie Route - By and © Suzaan Minnaar (South Africa) Save Save
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Zebra Mother and Foal
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Zebra Mother and Foal

Taken in the Kruger National Park, this photograph taken by Franciska Pile of a Zebra mother and foal really stands out as a special one! One of nature's great mysteries is why the Zebra has stripes. One theory is that the stripes help the zebra cool down. The stripes are also used as camouflage to confuse predators when zebras huddle in great numbers or mingle with herds of antelopes ... For additional information about these graceful animal please see: Zebra. Mother & Child Reunion, Kruger National Park - By and © Franciska Pile (South Africa) Save
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Photo of Bourkes Luck Potholes
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Photo of Bourkes Luck Potholes

More thanks for all the photographs - they keep coming and you can view selected photos at South Africa Photographs, July 2009. Just a note to anyone planning to submit photos - please remember that we need then to be BIG! Some people have submitted lovely photos that are too small. They need to be at least 800 pixels in width. Here's a fabulous photo received yesterday of the Bourkes' Luck Potholes. About the Potholes: Bourkes Luck Potholes are a natural water feature found the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga. The potholes were formed over countles...
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Discovering Mpumalanga
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Discovering Mpumalanga

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. On the Lowveld there are many excellent game viewing opportunities with all kinds of animals populating many game reserves, including a portion of the famous Kruger National Park. The Kruger Park offers luxury accommodation and excellent game drives taken by well-trained guides. The Highveld area is no less packed with adventure. You can enjoy fly-fishing on the well-stocked ri...
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