The name “Mpumalanga” means “Land of the Rising Sun”, and this province neighbours Gauteng in the north of the country, also sharing a border with Mozambique and the kingdom of Swaziland, the last remaining active monarchy in the world.
Perhaps the biggest drawcard of the province is its tourism appeal. The province shares the Kruger National Park with Limpopo Province. To give you some idea of the scale of the Kruger Park, it is roughly the same size as Wales, and offers a range of
accommodation, from camping to self-catering cottages. The park is home to the Big Five, as well as a plethora of other wild species. Adjacent to the Kruger Park there are other more expensive private reserves offering guided trips through the bush.
Mpumalanga province also includes a geographical feature known as an escarpment. This feature of the landscape can be seen in the breathtaking scenic views and precarious falls of the region, and forms the edge of the African Continental Plateau. The area is characterised by plunging cliffs and spectacular views, as well as some well-known waterfalls, such as the Lisbon Falls and the Berlin Falls, and also a canyon (the Blyde Canyon) and a huge free-standing pillar of granite known as The Pinnacle.
Other attractions in the province include the towns of Sabie and Pilgrim’s Rest, as well as the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, situated on the Crocodile River. The Gardens specialise in cycads, which are prehistoric palm-like plants that are legally protected in South Africa.
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