The Cultural Heartland Region, Mpumalanga

It is in the Cultural Heartland that both locals and foreigners alike get to embrace the warm spirit of Africa through the Ndebele people and their indigenous wisdom and creativity.

The Ndebele people made the Cultural Heartland area famous with their colourful geometric art works that are known around the world, from Cape Town to Cairo and New York to London.

Did you know? The Loskop Dam just north of Middelburg, is not only great for bass fishing, but it is a closer-to-Johannesburg alternative to the Kruger National Park, if you’re short for time. Three of the Big 5 make the reserve their home – white rhino, buffalo and leopard – whilst you will also see hippo, giraffe, warthog, numerous buck and sable antelope.

Highlights of the Cultural Heartland include colourful Ndebele arts and culture, crafts and curios. Visit colourful villages such as Kwaggafontein, Matibidi, Waterval and Twoline. Here community tourism is on the rise, allowing visitors to enjoy authentic South African rural life.

Stop by the village of Botshabelo, where the bible was translated for the first time from English into Ndebele.

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Destinations in the Cultural Heartland Region

Blinkpan

Blinkpan, contrary to its name's suggestion that it is but a flash in the pan, is a pretty little rural town that provides a peaceful, country-style setting for Gauteng holiday makers intent on getting away from it all, just 45 kilometres from Ogies on th...

Groblersdal

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Groblersdal is part of what is known as the Cultural Heartland of Mpumalanga in South Africa. Interestingly, Groblersdal all started because of the irrigation scheme of the spectacular Loskop Dam and is named after the original owner of the Klipbank farm,...

KwaMhlanga

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Mpumalanga Province is one of South Africa’s most diverse and beautiful destinations in terms of its natural beauty, history, wildlife and culture. KwaMhlanga is a small town set here, amidst what is known as the Cultural Heartland, and is acclaimed for b...

Marble Hall

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Rich in cultural and historical heritage, Marble Hall lies ideally in the Cultural Heartland of the Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. Marble deposits were discovered here in 1920 by Christoffel Visagie and family while on a hunting trip from Pretoria. ...

Middelburg

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Middelburg is a modern town situated in the Cultural Heartland of the Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. Middelburg serves as the agricultural, industrial and communications centre for the surrounding area. Initially, Middelburg was planned as an id...

Mkhombo Nature Reserve

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There are few things as dreamy and memorable as the grasslands and rolling hills that rise to meet the high blue of an African sky. And this is the setting in which the scenic Mkhombo Nature Reserve is nestled, in the heart of Mpumalanga. This reserve ...

Siyabuswa

Ideally situated in the Cultural Heartland of Mpumalanga, South Africa, Siyabuswa has plenty to offer the discerning traveller. Siyabuswa lies approximately 10km from Marble Hall and was established in 1970. It is a small town but also defined as a townsh...

Witbank

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Witbank is situated in the Cultural Heartland of Mpumalanga. Whether you’d prefer budget or luxury accommodation in Witbank, there is a guesthouse or lodge that is the perfect base during your travels to South Africa. The name Witbank is Afrikaans for...

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