The Drakensberg escarpment divides Mpumalanga in a westerly, high-altitude grassland and an easterly low-altitude savanna Lowveld. The mountain range in itself is home to viewing points and waterfalls beyond comparison. Some of the oldest rocks on earth is found in the Baberton area and these ancient greenstones and metamorphosed granite form the Crocodile River Mountains in the southeast part of the province.
The Kruger National Park, a world famous game reserve, has a high density of animals including the famous Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo in an environment designed to least interfere with nature. All along the Parks border luxury game viewing private parks with first class accommodation has opened and boosted tourism greatly.
In other parts of the province the diverse, beautiful and special fauna and flora are also protected in other nature reserves, including Sabi-Sand Game Reserve, Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve and The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest in the world. The towering cliffs of this “river of joy” rises nearly 800m above the valley, therewith providing epic views of natural rarities such as the Three Rondavels, God’s Window and The pinnacle. Bourke’s Luck Potholes are found at on end of the canyon where hundreds of years of water flowing through and over the rocks, created natural rock formations that is awesome. Scenic waterfalls rounds off an outing around the canyon.
Considered the oldest known caves in the world, the Sudwala caves insists on a visit. In the cave are fossils of the first oxygen producing plants on earth – collenia – dating back 2,2 billion years.
Museums there are a plenty, but one stands out – Pilgrim’s Rest. Visit this town that are as a town declared a national monument and museum. Everything in the old town just is it was around 1895. The visual story of a gold rush that did not last.
Kaapsehoop – a place of ghosts, political intrigue in days gone by and wild horses.
Then there is abundant, exciting adventure to be found – rock climbing, abseiling, river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, cycling, balloon riding, cave crawling, fly fishing, angling, gold panning and cultural festivals to attend and be part of.
Really – Mpumalanga will have the sun rising over things you would love to do, see and experience.