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Nelspruit, Lowveld Legogote

Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

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Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga, lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River and has been called the gateway to Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park. The Lowveld botanical gardens just outside Nelspruit boasts a rare collection of plant species and the first man-made rain forest which attracts the majority of Nelspruits visitors.

Nearby Sudwala caves, a dinosaur park and cultural centre will expose your senses to the most primitive of Africa’s history. A short distance away from Nelspruit is the gold mining town of Kaapsehoop where the mist filled evenings and herds of wild horses grazing in the town will transport you into memories of the past. The mountains in and around Nelspruit provide much in the way of camping and hiking traills with varying levels of intensity.

The Nelspruit Nature Reserve offers several walks through the reserve, lasting from one to six hours. The Green Heritage Hiking Trail offers a pleasant, relaxing way to enjoy the indigenous vegetation, a wide diversity of birds and small antelope. Take a walk along the Nelspruit Historical Walking Trail. Stretching from the Promenade Centre to the Civic Centre, the one-hour historical route brings interesting facets of Nelspruit's past to life. Features include a restored ox-wagon in the library gardens.

With its sub-tropical climate, abundant sunshine and lush hills and valleys it forms the ideal base from which to explore Mpumalanga. The inhabitants are warm and welcoming, catering to every need and providing you with exactly what you need to make your holiday a pleasant one.

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Nelspruits Lowveld Botanical Garden - A little piece of heaven
A little taste of Nelspruit
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Crocodile Bridge Gate

Crocodile Bridge Gate is the most eastern entrance to the Kruger National Park. It lies roughly 12 kilometres from Komatipoort, close to the Mozambican border. For those who enter the south-eastern parts of the park, this is the most direct way of doing so. Named after the Crocodile ... more information

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA): The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, (also referred to as KMIA) is a privately owned airport, operated by Primkop Airport Management (Pty) Ltd. The airport was constructed in an African theme with the Airport Terminal building being under ... more information

Kruger National Park

The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is larger than Israel. Nearly 2 million hectares of land that stretch for 352 kilometres (20 000 square kilometres) from north to south along the Mozambique border, is given over to an almost indescribable wildlife experience. Certainly it ranks with the ... more information

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

One of the main reasons to visit Nelspruit, the Lowveld National Botanical Garden lies just outside of town, a beautiful 159 hectare space dominated by rugged, rocky river scenery, and home to over 600 naturally occurring plant species, and a further 2000 that have been introduced to the ... more information

Mbombela Stadium

The Mbombela Stadium located just 7km outside of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga has been designed to ensure it enjoys a life beyond the 2010 World Cup tournament as an adaptable sports, entertainment and exhibition venue. Mbombela Stadium has been proposed as for both the first and second round matches ... more information

Nelspruit Golf Club

A must to play when visiting the Kruger National Park and this outstanding tourist area and the busiest golf course in the region. The course offers all indgenous Lowveld trees and over 256 different species of birds. The Nelspruit Golf Club is host to the annual Jock of the Bushveld Festival of golf when hundreds ... more information

Numbi Gate

An unusual name: Numbi. The popular south western entrance gate to the Kruger National Park takes its name from the Siswati word for the little milkplum, a small sweet fruit used to make mampoer - an Afrikaans alcoholic drink, a little like brandy in quality. Numbi Gate is set in amongst a... more information

Perry's Bridge Reptile Park

Perry's Bridge Reptile Park is conveniently located just 14kms from Phabeni gate and Numbi gate to Kruger National Park and on the panoramic route to Blyde River Canyon. This is an opportunity not to be missed when you visit the Lowveld. Species to view include: anacondas, reticulated pythons, black ... more information

Phabeni Gate

Phabeni Gate is the closest entrance into the Kruger from Hazyview – just 10 kilometres. For those travelling to Kruger from Nelspruit for the day, Phabeni gate makes the already easy journey even simpler – you're in the Kruger in just over an hour and a quarter. The gate was built as recently as ... more information

Sudwala Caves

A series of caverns featuring stalactites and stalagmites. The Sudwala Caves, which are said to be about 2 000 million years old, are one of the major attractions in the Region. The caves contain not only stalagmites and stalagtites, but also the fossilised remains of 'collenia' a form of algae that it is believed ... more information

Three Rondavels

Exactly as they sound, the Three Rondavels are three round mountain tops with slightly pointed tops, very similar to the traditional round or oval African homesteads made with local materials called rondavels. They are sometimes also called the Three Sisters (although this confuses them with a similar ... more information

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Where: Nelspruit
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Kadai is an Indian restaurant that offers authentic dishes from all over this Asian country. Open seven days a week, it is popular amongst t ... more information

Kaapschehoop Trail

Where: Kaapsehoop
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Start: Kaapschehoop, just outside Nelspruit Finish: Kaapschehoop Duration: 3-days Fitness: moderate to diffic ... more information

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'The Yellow Caravan'

Where: Nelspruit

Portugal comes to Mpumalanga; Mozambique flavours wash inland. A friendly yellow caravan stationed in the local strip mall parking lot has had trolley pusher's mouths watering and shopper's bellie ... more information

Adega Restaurant Nelspruit

Where: Nelspruit

Portuguese cuisine and hospitality are what Adega is all about. Nelspruit is now home to one of these popular franchises, which began in the late 1990’s and have continued to be popular amongst Portug ... more information

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