South Africa is located right at the Southern point of the African continent. Its beautiful African landscape has intrigued many travellers from all around the world. South Africa has incredible wildlife, beautiful rainforest and so much more. Here is our guide for exploring the beautiful Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

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Mpumalanga is located in the east of South Africa. It’s home to the world-famous Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon which is the largest Canyon in the world. The word Mpumalanga means “east”, or “the place where the sun rises” in the Swazi, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu languages. The Capital city of the Mpumalanga province is Mbombela which is formally known as Nelspruit. In this guide, we have everything you need to make your trip to Mpumalanga unforgettable.

Things to do in Mpumalanga, South Africa

1. Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga.

The most popular attraction in Mpumalanga has to be the Kruger National Park. In the park, you can see all the animals of Africa which include the Big Five. The Big Five is made up of the Elephant, the Lion, the Rhino, the Leopard and the Buffalo. The Kruger National Park is the perfect safari trip for many international and local tourists.

2. Sudwala Cave, Nelspruit.

The Sudwala Cave is one of the oldest caves in the world. The Caves was formed over 200 million years ago, and are part of the Drakensberg escarpment. The cave is over 30 kilometres in length, however, only 600 metres are accessible to visitors. It has 4 main rooms including the beautiful Fairy Wonderland room.

3. Kaapschehoop, Nelspruit.

Kaapshehoop is a small charming village. It’s famous for the wild horses that roam around freely. With its misty mountains and tall plantations, Kaapschehoop is a dreamy destination. It has delicious restaurants, bars and antique shops. Spend a night in one of the very cosy hotels or guesthouses here in Kaapshehoop.

Wild horses in the small town of Kaapshehoop in Nelspruit Mpumalanga, South Africa

4. Lowveld Botanical Gardens, Nelspruit.

The Lowveld Botanical Gardens is situated at the junction between the Crocodile River and the Nyls River. With miles of beautiful trees and flowers, a waterfall and long suspension bridges this is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or a picnic.

5. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Graskop.

Over the years, raging waters have created this unique geological rock feature. The cylindrical potholes are now admired from above where you can see a network of tunnels, tubes and whirling pools that are interconnected. The colours are unique in each hole which creates a beautiful colourful landscape.

6. God’s Window, Graskop.

This breathtaking view of the Lowveld is known as God’s Window and it’s situated on the Drakensberg escarpment. By taking just one glance over this panoramic landscape, you will easily understand why it’s called God’s Window. You can admire canyons, rock formations, waterfalls and magnificent views.

Gods window look out point in Mpumalanga South Africa

7. Graskop Gorge.

Graskop Gorge is one of the most adventurous locations in Graskop. You can take your pick between ‘The lift’, ‘The Forest’, ‘The big swing Zipline’ and the ‘Suspension Bridge’. The newest activity here is ‘The lift’. You can take the 51-metre high lift down to the gorge and into the forest. From here you follow a beautiful trail through the forest and enjoy some educational facts about nature. The highlight of the trail is definitely the waterfall.

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8. The Pinnacle Rock, Graskop.

The Pinnacle Rock is a beautiful freestanding quartzite rock that stands 30 metres high. This rock towers over the indigenous forest of Driekop Gorge and is accompanied by a beautiful waterfall. Be sure to take some time to enjoy this miracle when you are on the Panorama Route.

Ways to get to Mpumalanga, South Africa

  1. Nelspruit International Airport
  2. Rents a car from OR Tambo
  3. Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  4. Skukuza Airport

Restaurants to try in Mpumalanga, South Africa

1. Harrie’s Pancakes, Graskop

Harrie’s Pancakes is famous for its savoury and sweet pancakes. It’s located in Graskop Town and they have become a favourite among local and international tourists. Rate on Tripadvisor: 4 / 5

Harrie's Pancakes in Graskop Mpumalanga South Africa

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2. Mrs Simpsom Restaurant, Dullstroom

Mrs Simpson Restaurant has at-home dining feel to it and serve some favourites among South Africans. They serve anything from Springbok Carpaccio and Bobotie to Malva Pudding. Rate on Tripadvisor: 4.5 / 5

Mrs Simpsom restaurant in Dullstroom Mpumalanga South Africa

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3. Pioneer Butchery and Grill, Hazyview

Pioneer Butchery offers a unique dining experience that will exceed all expectations. It’s not your ordinary steak ranch. It’s the perfect restaurant for meat lovers. Rate on Tripadvisor: 4.5 / 5.

Pioneer Butchery and Grill, Hazyview

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4. Cattle Baron Restaurant, Kruger National Park

This restaurant is located inside of the Kruger National Park right by the Skukuza Park. If you are exploring the Kruger National Park, this a nice restaurant to stop at for a delicious meal. It’s most famous for its delicious fillet steak, however, it has many delicious dishes to satisfy all cravings. Rate on Tripadvisor: 4 / 5

Cattle Baron Restaurant, Kruger National Park

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Places to Stay in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Loerieroep, Nelspruit

This Guesthouse is located 11 km outside of Nelspruit and 75 kilometres from the Kruger National park. There is free parking for everyone coming in their own car. Loerieroep is a self-service guesthouse. They are rated 9.5/10 on booking.com and prices start from R1,000.

Loerieroep Guesthous in Nelspruit Mpumalanga, South Africa

Mercure Hotel Nelspruit.

This hotel is only 45 minutes from the Kruger National Park and they provide airport pick up services if you are flying in. There is private parking available at the hotel if you have your own transport. They are rated 8.9/10 on booking.com and prices start at R1,100 per room per day.

Mercure Hotel Nelspruit, South Africa

Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

This rest camp is perfect for you if you are looking for that unique camping experience without the hassle of setting up your own tent. It’s located inside the Kruger National Park close to the Numbi Gate and is a 50-kilometre drive from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. They are rated 8.3/10 on booking.com and prices start at R1,000.

Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in Kruger National Park

Aha Casa Do Sol Hotel & Resort, Hazyview

This hotel and resort are located 20 kilometres from the Kruger National park. Some other beautiful attraction close by including God’s Window and the Blyde River Canyon. They are rated 8.5/10 on booking.com and prices start at R1,200.


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