Hidden gems of Mpumalanga

8 Aug 2016

Translated from Zulu, Mpumalanga means “Place where the sun rises,” and indeed it is. With majestic mountain ranges and scenic valleys that are sprawled over vast landscapes, Mpumalanga offers amazing locations to witness daybreak. From the Cradle of Life and the Kruger National Park to resorts including the Sabi River Sun, kick-start your day at one of many hidden gems in this amazing province.

Blast from the past         

Sudwala Dinosaur Park

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Take a step back in time and visit the Sudwala Dinosaur Park (near the Sudwala Caves). From ancient reptiles and prehistoric mammals to dinosaurs, take a snapshot next to the life-sized models of these ferocious beasts that once roamed Earth millions of years ago. The park is surrounded by a sub-tropical forest garden that adds to the experience, giving visitors an idea of these prehistoric animals’ habitat.

Take a drive

Skukuza Rest Camp – Kruger National Park

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Situated on the Sabie River, Skukuza Rest Camp is the park’s largest campground, where visitors can kick back and enjoy the bush. Besides the famous Big Five, other wildlife that can be spotted while on a game drive include spotted hyenas, thick-tailed bush babies, and warthogs. 

Take a detour


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Whether you end up in the quaint town of Kaapschehoop by accident or not, you’ll definitely be glad that you made your way here. Kaapschehoop is well known for its free-roaming wild horses and for its tranquil setting. There’s a variety of leisurely activities to enjoy, including horse riding and hiking. For shopaholics, don’t forget to walk into the many local shops to purchase souvenirs and more. 

Where to chill

Blyde Canon, A Forever Resort

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Considering the Blyde Canon, A Forever Resort has breathtaking views of the Blyde River Canyon below, it undoubtedly deserves all its four stars. With six- to eight-sleeper comfy chalets available, visitors can sleep in peace knowing they’ve chosen a top-class establishment. Rooms/units prices vary from R800 to R2700.

Sabi River Sun Resort

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Experience the warmth and true African hospitality that the Sabi River Sun Resort is known for. Not too far from the Kruger National Park, this resort boasts incredible views, abundant wildlife and of course excellent service. If you book a room adjacent to the lake, you may just get a glimpse of Africa’s renowned hippos.

Town Lodge


Whether you’re an avid traveller or a businessperson looking for comfortable and affordable accommodation, the Town Lodge in Mbombela is the perfect venue. From only R850 per night, you can expect a goodnight’s rest and more.

Protea Hotel Malaga

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Escape to the Protea Hotel Malaga that’s situated in the foothills of the northern Drakensberg Mountains. This affordable and ideal weekend getaway ranges from R662 to R840 per night.

Where to eat


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From Puttanesca to Carbonara pastas, enjoy the best in Italian cuisine at Stefano’s Trattoria. It’s the perfect venue for the whole family to get together and celebrate special occasions. For more information, call 013 741 1034.

There’s always something to do or discover in this beautiful province. Take a Sho’t Left to Mpumalanga and unearth incredible deals.