Now that lockdown permits inter-provincial travel, you may like to explore the province of Mpumalanga, “the place of the rising sun”, in the north east of South Africa, especially this Heritage Month.
Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s favourite tourism destinations with its beautiful mountains and forests. And don’t forget that it is the home of wildlife’s “big five”.
Here are four of the top tourism attractions in the province for visitors:
- KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
The Kruger National Park is one of the continent’s best-known and largest parks. The then-president of the Republic of South Africa, Paul Kruger, established it the 1898.
Known as “the Kruger” it is a home to more than 753 species of animals and 1 982 species of plants. The park is also home to the country’s big five animals, namely lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino. This is a strong attraction for locally and international tourists.
The Kruger also has excellent infrastructure and accommodation with 15 private safari lodges, 12 rest camps, five bush-veld camps and two bush lodges.
- SUDWALA CAVES
The Sudwala Caves is one of only two show cave sites in Mpumalanga (the other is the Echo caves near Orighstad). They contain some of the world’s oldest dolomite rocks. Geologically the caves began forming around 240-million years ago.
Sudwala or “Sidwaba” was the name of the person the chief left to protect the cave entrance against the warriors of Swazi King Mswati. They are 8km from the N4 highway outside Mpumalanga’s capital city, Mbombela.
- GOD’S WINDOW
God’s Window in Graskop offers a viewpoint to one of the world’s greenest canyons with its high cliffs surrounded with shrubs, trees and other wild life. It is in the Mpumalanga lowveld within the Blyde River Canyon nature reserve and offers the best view of the canyon.
- MATSAMO CULTURAL VILLAGE
Heritage Month is a time to learn other cultures, so the Matsamo Cultural Village should definitely be on your list of places to tour in September.
Matsamo Cultural Village is a place where you get to practise and learn more about the culture of Swati people. It also provides tour guides to showcase huts and other traditional spaces, and visitors can interact with villagers in their day-to-day activities.
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