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Intro to Mpumalanga - Limpopo (provinces) hotels and accommodations

Mpumalanga Introduction

Travelling to Mpumalanga is venturing into adventure country. It may be 1 of the smallest provinces in South Africa, but Mpumalanga's astounding natural beauty makes up for its size. It's full of dramatic scenery, created by the contrast between the towering Drakensberg Escarpment with the plains around it. Mpumalanga is full of natural reserves popular for hiking and watching wildlife, especially the Big Five game animals (the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo). Its bodies of water attract anglers and water adventurers alike. Its cities are full of character and rich history.

Hotels in Mpumalanga

There's plenty of accommodation in Mpumalanga, given that it's a top tourist destination. Guest lodges and B&Bs make up the majority of these options. The guest lodges cater to a wide variety of travellers. Those that serve backpackers have low-key dorms and offer little by way of amenities. Some do have restaurants and living rooms where guests can socialise; others also feature gardens and barbecue areas. The more upscale picks may have swimming pools, meeting facilities and fitness centres. Those that are near major attractions like Kruger National Park also provide transfers and guided tours.

Where to stay

Nelspruit is the capital city of Mpumalanga. It's an important financial and commercial centre, as well as a major agricultural and manufacturing hub. The city has a cosmopolitan vibe, with many family-friendly attractions and an active nightlife. Dullstroom is a quiet little town in the highlands. It draws crowds to its trout fishing, and is 1 of the finest fishing destinations in South Africa. It's also popular for its foodie and craft beer scene. Hazyview is one of the more diverse towns in Mpumalanga. Located on the banks of Sabie River, it's the closest town to Kruger National Park's Phabeni Gate.

Things to see

Kruger National Park is one of the jewels of the Mpumalanga Province. It's South Africa's largest game reserve, covering nearly 2 million hectares. These hectares are divided into different regions, each region displaying a different landscape. The reserve teems with wildlife, including Africa's Big Five. Another jewel of the Mpumalanga Province is the Blyde River Canyon, 1 of the largest canyons on the planet. The red sandstone of the canyon creates a sharp contrast with its lush tropical greenery. Going on the Panorama Route will let you explore the canyon and take you to other attractions in the region, such as the Three Rondavels and God's Window. The Sabie Waterfall Route is one of the more underrated attractions of Mpumalanga. This route spans 50 kilometres and follows Sabie River on the R532 road. Following the route will let you see 8 magnificent waterfalls.

How to get to Mpumalanga

There are many ways you can get to Mpumalanga. One option is flying, as the region has 8 airports. The biggest of these airports are Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Skukuza Airport. Kruger Airport connects with Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Skukuza. Skukuza Airport, on the other hand, handles flights from Nelspruit, Cape Town and Johannesburg. You can also ride an intercity bus bound for Nelspruit from Johannesburg and Pretoria. If you feel like driving, Mpumalanga is well-connected on the South African road network system. Highways N2, N4, N11, N12 and N17 run through it.

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