Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Shangaan cultural village in Hazyview.

Hazyview is a rather low key town in very pretty surroundings. Close to the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park, it is surrounded by cute guest houses, backpackers hostels and campsites. The Sabie River, which is good for a fun day's rafting, runs nearby and there are hot air balloon trips on offer. It is a drive of about five hours from Johannesburg.

Hazyview, is nestled on the slopes of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, this town also has a history of gold mining and played an important part in the development of the Lowveld area. Hazyview is a small farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa and is renowned for its banana industry. The name is derived from the shimmering haze that occurs here during the heat of summer. Most of Mpumalanga's private game reserves are found just east of Hazyview. The town is strategically placed midway between spectacular scenery of the escarpment and the wild life experience of the Kruger National Park.

Hiking trails through the beautiful forests with cool, rushing streams and picturesque waterfalls are truly a delight. Hazyview offers sporting facilities such as golf, tennis, bowls, and the area is well known for its trout fishing. Hazyview provides the best of both worlds. With luxury hotels, upmarket guest lodges, time share resorts, caravan parks, accommodation for backpackers etc. Hazyview is well set to cater for all needs.

One can explore the local Shangaan culture at the famous Shangana Cultural Village, about 5 km west of Hazyview. The user-friendly cultural village offers visitors the opportunity to interact with the local Shangaan people and to enjoy a taste of traditional cuisine. Entrance is free to the reception area and its craft shop, but the village can only be visited on a guided tour. The tour follows a winding path through fields and bush to the kraal, where a family lives. You'll also meet a sangoma and learn about traditional remedies. The Nyani Shangaan Cultural Village is also an option, as is Matsulu Village - a traditional Ndebele Village.