Malelane is a small farming town in Mpumalanga that was founded in 1949. The name is either derived from the Swazi expression "eMlalani", which means "place of the palmsâ€, or the expression "lalaâ€, which means "to sleep". Today, Malalane is an attraction to many tourists because of its proximity to the Kruger National Park, but it is also a farming town producing sugarcane, subtropical fruit and winter vegetables.
The Malalane area was originally a bush area and was known as “The Kruger Shooting Concessionâ€, where leopard, lion and buffalo were often shot as a sport, but in 1926 the area was proclaimed as the Kruger National Park and hunting stopped.
As of July 2007, the town name was officially changed from "Malelane" to "Malalane".