Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsThe Wild Frontier
Situated in the south eastern part of the Mpumalanga Province, the Wild Frontier region shares borders with Mozambique, Swaziland and the southern tip of the Kruger National Park.
The Wild Frontier is made up of the historic towns of Barberton, Komatipoort, Kaapmuiden and Badplaas amongst others. The region also holds rich historical sentiments for the people of Mozambique, because of the Samora Machel monument erected in a small village in this region where his plane crashed.
The Wild Frontier is referred to as the cradle of life, owing to the archaeological discoveries dating back more than three billion years. Evidence abounds in the imposing Mkonjwa mountains, which is said to be one of the oldest in the world.
Highlights of the Wild Frontier region include the historic town of Barberton (a fascinating reminder of the old gold rush days), Komatipoort, a major Southern African crossroad in the region, linking Africa’s diverse people. You could visit three countries in just one day: Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa when you visit the Wild Frontier of Mpumalanga.
Popular Towns of the Wild Frontier
Overnight? Accommodation in Barberton
It’s no surprise that within a 12 kilometre radius of Barberton you have access to half a dozen nature and wildlife reserves - within an hour, you can find your way to the Kruger National Park - or that there are some lovely hiking routes...
More information and photographs: Barberton Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Hectorspruit
Situated due east of the Malalane Rest Camp in the southern reaches of the Kruger National Park, Hectorspruit rests on the popular N4 that connects it with Komatipoort to the east and Nelspruit to the west. This narrow corridor is called...
More information and photographs: Hectorspruit Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Kaapmuiden
The route along the N4 between Nelspruit and Malelane passes a number of uninspiring little towns, few of which are particularly appealing to visitors, although Kaapmuiden (Cape mouth) - essentially a small farming village with little more...
More information and photographs: Kaapmuiden Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Komatipoort
With one of the most perfect winter climates the country has to offer, Komatipoort lies at the point at which the Komati and Crocodile rivers meet on the western slopes of the Lebombo Mountains, which form a natural barrier between...
More information and photographs: Komatipoort Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Malelane
The Malelane gate is one of the main entrances into the Kruger National Park, which means that the little town, and the farms that surround it, cater for visitors to the park, and there are some excellent lodges and Bed & Breakfasts...
More information and photographs: Malelane Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Marloth Park
Marloth Park is, for many, the very definition of the South African bushveld. It explores it, showcases it and lays it bare for the small local community and the tourists that come here for utter peace and tranquillity. It is both...
More information and photographs: Marloth Park Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is undoubtedly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa. There are no restricting fences between the Kruger Park and Sabi Sands Reserve and the wildlife roams freely between the two game...
More information and photographs: Sabi Sands Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Skukuza
There is some debate about whether to move this function to Phalaborwa, which is certainly more central to the park but for the moment, Skukuza acts as the main centre for conservation and research, and visitors get to share the camp...
More information and photographs: Skukuza Information