Nelspruit is situated in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River and acts as the gateway to Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park. With abundant sunshine, moderate sub-tropical climate, lush landscape, and a host of nearby attractions, Nelspruit is an ideal base to explore Mpumalanga. Discover this region for yourself by booking a stay at one of the tranquil Nelspruit accommodations.
The internationally acclaimed Kruger National Park is the biggest tourist attraction in Mpumalanga. As the largest reserve in South Africa, it covers 19 480 km² and is home to a diverse population of wildlife, including the Big 5, birding Big 6, and more species of mammals than any other African game reserve. Enjoy an unmatched safari experience with self-drives or guided tours. Excellent infrastructure includes picnic sites, rest camps, waterholes, and hides. Other popular Mpumalanga attractions include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Nelspruit, officially renamed Mbombela, is the capital of Mpumalanga and has something for everyone. Nature lovers will love an amble through the Lowveld Botanical Garden, which boasts a rare collection of over 650 plant species, the first man-made rain forest, and a tranquil pool where the Crocodile River meets the Nels River (which cascades down a waterfall in the west). The mountains surrounding Nelspruit have fantastic hiking trails for all levels of fitness. Nelspruit Nature Reserve offers several walks between one and six hours. Enjoy indigenous vegetation and a variety of birds and small antelope along the easy-going Green Heritage Hiking Trail; or discover interesting facts about Nelspruit's past along the Nelspruit Historical Walking Trail.
Nelspruit Golf Course is the busiest in the region and offers excellent opportunities to not only score birdies, but also spot a variety of birdlife. Mbombela Stadium is an excellent venue for sports matches, live entertainment, and exhibitions, so keep a look out for what’s happening while you’re in the region.
Another major attraction is Sudwala Caves, regarded as the oldest known caves in the world. The caves feature a series of caverns with stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone formations. Next to the caves is Dinosaur Park and cultural centre where you can roam amongst life-size replicas of dinosaurs, the extinct Cape Lion and Cape Quagga, a 3m long Nile crocodile, and pre-historic man. Situated outdoors, in a sub-tropical garden with ancient cycads, the park provides an educational experience for all ages.
The most popular time to explore this region is in the winter months, when the days are still warm but it's not as humid or wet as it is during the summer. Enjoy warm and welcoming hospitality at one of the Nelspruit accommodations. As jy in Afrikaans wil bespreek, kan LekkeSlaap jou help. Soek vir Nelspruit akkommodasie.
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