Name: Nelspruit. The city’s name has Dutch origins and means Nel’s stream.
Map: Google Map
Geography: Located on a low-lying plateau, known as the Lowveld, in the fertile Crocodile River valley in the north eastern part of South Africa.
Climate: Sub-tropical with temperatures around 23°C during winter and warming up to 29°C during summer.
Key Economic Sectors: Agriculture, Mining
Football Clubs: Mpumalanga Black Aces, Witbank Spurs (1st Division)
Stadium: Mbombela Stadium
Place to See
Kruger National Park – It is the largest game reserve in South Africa covering a total of 18,989 square km and extending 350km from north to south, and 60km from east to west. The two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga lie to the west and south of the Kruger National Park. The park has eight main gates that allow entrance to a variety of camps. The climate of the Kruger National Park and Lowveld is subtropical. Summer days are humid and hot with temperatures often soaring to above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is from September until May and the dry winter season is the ideal time to visit this region for a variety of reasons.
Shangana cultural village – Home to the Shangana people who speak isiTsonga, one of the official 11 languages in South Africa. The Village, which was built by locals, is situated midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park. The picturesque villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland, and are open every day. A bustling African market village forms the centre of Shangana, where local craftspeople make and trade their craft. From here, trained guides lead guests to villages on daytime tours, midday tours with lunch, and the famed Evening Festival in the Chief’s Kraal.
Sudwala caves – The oldest known caves in the world, and as such, are a `must-see’ on the itinerary of any visitor to the Mpumalanga Province. These incredible caverns lie in the Drakensberg escarpment which separates the Highveld from the lowlands of Mpumalanga. The caves are situated in Pre-cumbrian dolomite rocks of the Malmani Group, formed over a period of some 3000 million years, capturing in stone a time when the area was covered by warm shallow in-land seas. These are amongst the second oldest known sedimentary rocks on earth, and represented in the cave are fossils of the first oxygen producing plants on the earth, Collenia. One can clearly see in the different layers and textures of the rock, a reflection of the results of the various weather patterns which take place in the building of an ancient seabed. Besides the awesome rock displays, the caverns also boast an array of calcium formations, aged but active, anciently and patiently still growing.
Mac-mac falls – One of the envisaged places in Nelspruit is the Mac mac Falls, and while not much is known about the falls in South Africa, they are certainly one of the most artistic and innovative sites in the country. Mac Mac Falls is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the delicate charms of South Africa . It boasts a rich blend of beauty and nostalgia – stunning African beauty steeped in, and sometimes moulded by, the country’s fascinating history. The second highest falls in the Mpumalanga tour route, its shimmering waters plunge to a depth of 65m. Listen to the babbling waters of the turbulent falls and explore the natural beauty that nature has to offer. This is the best place to rejuvenate and bond with nature.
Lowveld National Botanical Gardens – Situated at the heart of Mpumalanga. They also have a Visitor’s Centre which contains a restaurant, shops and information centre.