The Wild Frontier Region, Mpumalanga

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.

Did you know? Situated in the Wild Frontier, one of the world’s largest game parks, Kruger has received a myriad accolades for nature conservation and, more recently, has begun lowering fences that separate the park from neighbouring reserves, allowing the wildlife within even greater access to land and water, and increasing the chance to spot game.

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.

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Destinations in the Wild Frontier Region

Barberton

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Nestled in the heart of the Makhonjwa Mountainlands in the De Kaap Valley, one of the oldest regions on Earth and the core of a proposed World Heritage Site, lies the quaint little town of Barberton. Some of the oldest sedimentary rock formations are ...

Blyde River Canyon

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The Blyde River Canyon Reserve extends along the Blyde River Canyon's winding path, which at every turn offers more and more impressive views over sheer edges dropping 800m into the riverbed. The fresh mountain scenery and panoramic views over the Klein D...

Hectorspruit

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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 the Maputo-Nelspr...

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 than a particul...

Komatipoort

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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 South Africa and Mozamb...

Kruger Park

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Lying in the heart of the Lowveld is a wildlife sanctuary like no other, its atmosphere so unique that it allows those who enter its vastness to immerse themselves in the unpredictability and endless wilderness that is the true quality of Africa. The l...

Malelane

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The little farming town of Malalane, as it has become known since July 2007 - a slight tweak from the original spelling of Malelane - lies on the N4 national road just outside the Kruger National Park. The surrounds of this rather hot part of the coun...

Marloth Park

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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 a town and a nature cons...

Sabi Sands

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The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is undoubtedly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa. The 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve is located on the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. There are no restricting fences between the Kr...

Skukuza

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Lying on the southern banks of the Sabie River, in the heart of the Kruger National Park, Skukuza is the largest restcamp in the park, and serves as its capital. There is some debate about whether to move this function to Phalaborwa, which is certainl...

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