Mpumalanga, South Africa

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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Mpumalanga is the safari capital of South Africa. With much of the Kruger National Park in the province and many private reserves, there is something for everyone. Divided into the Lowveld and the Highveld, this province is a little schizophrenic.

The Lowveld is hot and humid with long grass and broad-leaved trees. And, of course, it has spectacular game. Accommodation in the Kruger Park ranges from clean campsites to very comfortable lodges. The private reserves on its borders are, almost without exception, very luxurious. The Highveld is higher, obviously, and also much cooler.
On the opposite side of the Drakensberg to KwaZulu-Natal, it consists of rolling grassland with many wild flowers as well as streams. Much of the area has been cultivated as pine plantations, but there are still some pockets of indigenous forest. Trout has been introduced into some dams and streams in the Dullstroom and Lydenberg areas.

The town of Sabie is a popular tourist destination in its own right and also as a stop-over to and from the Kruger National Park. This whole area has a colourful history, particularly its gold rush era, when lawlessness was the order of the day and brave pioneers wandered through lion-infested bush to reach their claims.

Many people visit this lovely province just to do sightseeing as it is scenically magnificent. A long drive taking in God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes in the Blyde River, the small town of Graskop, the Three Rondawels (three almost circular mountains), the Swadini Dam and the Sudwala Caves can be done comfortably in a day.

The main city is Nelspruit, which, along with the many small towns, serves the tourist industry. Farmers here grow delicious sub-tropical products, such as bananas, citrus fruit, litchis, mangoes, avocados, macadamia nuts, pecan nuts and tea and coffee.