South Africa’s top holiday destinations, for South Africans, is generally the coast. After months spent in the stuffy cities, rushing through life and getting generally stressed out, most of us will head to coast for some fresh air. But if you have been to the coast during the holidays, you’ll know that the overcrowding is real. You can barely find a spot on the beach and if you do get to the beach, there are so many people that it is just about impossible to take a dip in the water.

If you are looking to shake up your holidays by visiting someplace new in 2020, Mpumalanga should be firmly on the map.

Over the years, Mpumalanga has gained a reputation for being one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa and tourism is definitely on the up. Home to gorgeous outdoor attractions and many wonderful natural sights, when visiting our province you are sure to find a real sense of peace.

A quick look at any map will show you that Mpumalanga is a big place. Split into the Highveld and the Lowveld, most of the best loved attractions can be seen in the Lowveld. Home to the provinces capital city, Nelspruit, the Lowveld is a botanical gem filled with countless places to see and things to do. This part of the province is also surprisingly affordable, making it the ideal place to have a holiday.

The Waterfalls

Did you know that there are more waterfalls in this part of the country than anywhere else in South Africa? Travelling along the Panorama Route is the best path to follow when searching for this kind of attraction. Some of the waterfalls are more famous than others and while some are free to visit, others require a small fee that goes towards the upkeep on the attraction.

Popular waterfalls include the Bridal Veil Falls, the Mac Mac Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. Many of the falls have a place where tourists can stop for a picnic and others require a little bit of a hike to get to.

The Mountains

From the exquisite views of Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, to the Kaapsehoop Escarpment, although it is called the Lowveld, this part of the province is filled with loads of mountains. When standing on the top of a mountain, it is quite easy to feel small amongst the gorgeous views, and it is also the perfect experience for those who want to find some peace and free their minds.

The Hikes

For those who want to spend their holiday outdoors, the hiking trails on offer in the province are ideal for anyone looking to break away from the city and immerse themselves in quiet and solitude. Hikes can take place in forests and mountains, and those hiking can enjoy sights that very few have the privilege of seeing.


You can find plenty of information about Mpumalanga’s numerous attractions online when doing your holiday planning. And if you are going to be staying close to Nelspruit book your stay at Nelspruit Lodge.

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