The holidays are only a few weeks away and if there was ever a time to treat yourself to a holiday in Mpumalanga, it is now.

2020 has taken been one for the history books. To recharge from this most intense year, we invite you to bring yourself and your family to our beautiful province where you can embark on exciting day trips that will take you to the most unforgettable places. From weekend getaways to full week holidays, our province is that perfect, refreshing escape.

Hiking, historical tours, trips to waterfalls and nature reserves, and simply walking through nature and enjoying the clear skies and warm air, are all on the cards. And since our province is but a short drive from the cities, there is no need to worry about travelling too far from home.

A world of adventure is right on your doorstep and when you choose to stay at Nelspruit Lodge, you can look forward to the best accommodation in Mpumalanga, as well as our assistance when it comes to booking your days’ adventure!

What to do on your holiday?

If you are not yet sure where you can go and what the best things to do are, in this blog we are going to share some of the must see places and experiences.

The Barberton area, with its rich history and exemplary geological wonders, is the perfect starting point. The town is just a 30 minute scenic drive from nearby Nelspruit, and there is plenty to do here. Ideally, you should start at the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountainland. This is a World Heritage Site and it has various rock structures which date back some 3.5 billion years. The best way to see the area is to visit the geotrail. On this easy to navigate route, which can be travelled in any kind of vehicle, you will have a real view of what the world looked like before the time of the dinosaurs. And the spectacular rocks found here are only found in one other place in the world!

Pilgrim’s Rest is another off the beaten track place worth visiting. This ancient town still has the homes and buildings that were built during the gold rush era, although most have now been transformed into shops and restaurants.

Close to Pilgrim’s Rest is another must-visit place, Graskop. During the lockdown, this small town, which relies heavily on tourism, was severely rocked and now that we can travel again, making a turn here won’t only be a fantastic holiday experience, it will be directly helping the local economy get back on its feet. While here, make sure you visit The Graskop Gorge Lift. The only one of its kind in Mpumalanga, the lift is designed to take tourists to the bottom of the gorge and into the natural forest below. Visitors walk the wooden walkways and the suspension bridge as they make their way through the woods.

Other Notable Attractions

  • The Kruger National Park. Since it is a mere 45 or so minutes away, a day trip into the world’s oldest conservation effort, especially if you haven’t been there before is a must.
  • Adam’s Calendar. Up above Nelspruit lies the village of Kaapsehoop. Home to the wild horses, this place is also where you will see what is considered to be one of the oldest man-made structures on earth, known as Adam’s Calendar.
  • Okay, it’s not all that close to Nelspruit, but it is well-worth the visit. Chrissiesmeer is South Africa’s version of the Lake District and its beautiful attractions make it the perfect getaway.