Mpumalanga Information Directory
Mpumalanga is a region of spectacular and scenic beauty coupled with an abundance of wildlife. Bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland to the east and Gauteng to the west, it is situated mainly on the high plateau grasslands of the Middleveld.
The province experiences summer rainfall with the occasional winter snowfall on high ground. Thick mist is common during the hot and humid summers.
The capital of Mpumalanga is Mbombela (Nelspruit) and is the administrative and business hub of the Lowveld. Sabie and Graskop provide a large part of the country's forestry products of which the plantations form an ideal backdrop for ecotourism opportunities. There are a variety of popular hiking trails, waterfalls and patches of indigenous forest coupled with many nature reserves. Lake Chrissie is the largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa - famous for its variety of aquatic birds, including flamingos.
Easily accessible with first-rate road and rail connections, Mpumalanga is a popular destination for many overseas visitors, with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
Mpumalanga played a large role in the discovery of alluvial gold in 1873 near what is today Pilgrim’s Rest, and led the world’s biggest gold rush of the time.
Business and Industry in Mpumalanga
Home to some of the country’s major coal-fired power stations, Mpumalanga is rich in coal reserves. The province produces around 80% of South Africa’s coal with eMalahleni being the biggest coal producer in Africa with two oil-from-coal plants.
Mpumalanga is a large region for agriculture with many towns yielding crops such as cotton, tobacco, wheat and vegetables. The province also grows an abundance of citrus and other subtropical fruits such as mangoes, litchis, bananas and pawpaw’s, as well as nuts.
Nature Reserves in Mpumalanga
- Loskop Dam : the largest dam in the Southern Hemisphere with the nature reserve home to many wildlife and plant life
- Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park : the park is managed as an integrated unit across three international boundaries which includes the Kruger National Park (South Africa), Limpopo National Park (Mozambique) and Gonarezhou National Park (Zimbabwe)
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve : made up of numerous private reserves
- Likweti Lodge and Sanctuary : 6 000 acres of bushveld privately owned
- Blyde River Canyon (Motlatse) : holds legendary viewing points such as God’s Window and the water-eroded Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Activities in Mpumalanga
There are many and varied activities in this province with special opportunities for bird-watching, fishing and hiking. The activities directory will provide more information on the advertisers for the areas.
Some exceptional things to do:
- Blyde River Canyon : a site of Natural Phenomena - the largest green canyon in the world and stretches over 26kms and over 800m deep
- Kruger National Park : largest game reserve in Africa
- The Sudwala Caves and Dinosaur Park : regarded as the oldest caves in the world
- Fly-fishing (Dullstroom) : a misty wonderland of sublime fly-fishing
- Shangana Cultural Village : traditions and cultures of the locals
- Gold Panning (Pilgrims Rest) : a little village submerged in an 1800’s lifestyle
- Lowveld Botanical Garden (Mbombela) : a beautiful day out
- Forests walks (Sabie) : surrounded by forests, Sabie is home to some spectacular walks
- Birding (Chrissiesmeer) : known as the Lake District of South Africa and home to amazing birdlife
- Rock Climbing (Waterval Boven) : located on the edge of the escarpment, perfect area for climbing
The provinces twisting mountain passes, steep valleys, rivers and pristine forests have given rise to alluring natural phenomena - all well worth a visit.
Accommodation options are many and varied, mostly fantastic game lodges. There are self-catering options, bushveld bed and breakfasts intermingling with brilliant camping. The accommodation directory has an extensive list of the advertisers for the province.