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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. S...
The Secret Season: WINTER in South Africa – Where to Travel, and Why
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The Secret Season: WINTER in South Africa – Where to Travel, and Why

South Africa does not do blizzards and snow banks. You will never (except on very rare occasions) find your plane grounded for ice on the wings. In fact, the deepest snow you'll find is deep in the mountains, or on their peaks. The daily average temperat...
Ten Otherworldly South African Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind
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Ten Otherworldly South African Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

It’s not difficult to come up with a list of out-of-this-world destinations in South Africa - the country is not exactly short on beauty: indigenous tracts of forest meet towering peaks, effortless cliffside beaches and crashing seas, whilst inland the flatlan...
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 incl...
Weekend Road Trips perfect for Locals
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Weekend Road Trips perfect for Locals

South Africa is one of the best country's in the world for road trips – with nigh on 750 000 kilometres of road (the longest road network on the continent, and one of the ten longest road networks globally). The country is probably best known for its Garden...
Luxury Health Resorts In Mpumalanga
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Luxury Health Resorts In Mpumalanga

Nothing compares to the sheer indulgence of a health resort, where your body, mind and soul are treated to refreshing and ultimately relaxing treatments. Some resorts are more medically-oriented in their approach, which results in more stringent eating program...
The Sudwala Caves
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The Sudwala Caves

At 240 million years old, the Sudwala Caves are believed to be the oldest caves in the world. They were opened as a tourist attraction in 1965 after being used for decades as a hideaway and even a home to some of Africa’s early indigenous folk. The Sudwala ...
A Little Taste of Nelspruit
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A Little Taste of Nelspruit

Now known as Mbombela, Nelspruit is the capital of the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. This town, known for its prime positioning within the fertile valley of the Crocodile River, is 330 kilometres from the commercial, cultural and tourist hotspot of Joha...
A Diversion en Route to Barberton – Boondocks Labyrinth
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A Diversion en Route to Barberton – Boondocks Labyrinth

Stuart and I get off on the wrong foot with one another. It doesn't help that I hear incorrectly when he introduces himself, and proceed to call him by the wrong name until he graciously corrects me when I finally shake his hand at the gate. He bears this i...
Nukain Mabusa’s Painted Mountain
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Nukain Mabusa’s Painted Mountain

“You can't miss them,” Stuart instructs as we leave Boondocks, “head off that way, go past the whatsit, down a slight dip and they're on your left”. Stuart is busy giving us last minute directions to find Nukain Mabusa's flower garden, advertised on most of th...
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 ...
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 rest...
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 wit...
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 ...
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...