Tag: mpumalanga

  • Witbank

    The name Witbank means “White Ridge”, as it was named by wagon drivers that used the white sandstone outcrop as a resting place. It wasn’t long before coal was discovered and farmers came from far and wide to transport the coal. Of course, with the coal mining industry gaining momentum, so did the number of residents, and Witbank was officially established in the year 1890. This Mpumalanga ...

  • Middelburg

    The Stainless Steel Capital of Africa goes by the name of Middelburg. It is located in the Mpumalanga Province and has grown into an industrial hub since its establishment in 1864. It was originally named Nasareth, but was renamed in 1872 to reflect its location half way between Lydenburg and Pretoria. The town has developed not only as an economic center, but as a popular holiday ...

  • Komatipoort

    Komatipoort, a small town located in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, has the distinction of being known as one of the country’s hottest towns, and with an average winter temperature of 26 degrees Celsius it is definitely the place to be when the winter chill sets in. Its picturesque setting at the confluence of the Komati and Crocodile Rivers, creating a haven for wildlife, is ...

  • Graskop

    As with many little towns in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, Graskop owes its existence to the gold mining boom of the 1880s, although there is a record of Voortrekkers having been in the area as far back as 1843. Graskop is located at an altitude of 1,400 meters and has a temperate climate with a high rainfall which supports lush vegetation and the thriving timber plantations ...

  • Malelane

    The picturesque farming town of Malelane lies on the banks of the Crocodile River and on the border of the world-renowned Kruger National Park in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Visitors to Malelane come to appreciate the true meaning of the phrase “Sunny South Africa” as the area enjoys a hot climate, with azure blue skies brushed by wisps of white cloud being the order of the day.

  • Climate

    Mpumalanga is a province where the climate varies due to is topography, and traveling through this area you are likely to feel the distinctive change in climate. The Mpumalanga climate changes from the Highveld to the Lowveld area, and the vegetation in each area is determined by the climate it experiences.

  • Prospector's Trail

    In the 1800s, the small town of Pilgrim’s Rest in the Mpumalanga Province became a central destination for prospectors during the gold rush. They walked along the Robbers pass, over Blackhill and by Klipspringer Randjies. To follow in the footsteps of these gutsy adventurers, hiking enthusiasts can retrace history and face the difficulties that the prospectors had to overcome by packing ...

  • Blyde River Canyon Trail

    The Blyde River Canyon Trail is located within the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga. The Blyde River Canyon is probably the most scenic mountain view available in South Africa, with a 33 kilometer gorge and beautiful rock formations. The once rapid river formed spectacular swirl holes, and being the third largest gorge in the world, this breathtaking area, is undeniably a ...

  • Museum

    The town of Barberton was established in 1884 during the gold rush when Fred and Henry Barber, along with their cousin Graham, discovered gold in this area. Not having any champagne on hand, David Wilson, the Gold Commissioner, named and christened Barberton with a bottle of gin. Barberton’s flourishing life was short lived, as gold prospectors flooded the little town, and ...

  • Mount Sheba

    If you are a bird lover who is planning to travel through the Pilgrim’s Rest area of Mpumalanga, the Mount Sheba Nature Reserve is a must-see for you. The area is reputed as being one of the province’s best forest-birding localities and as such, it offers an excellent selection of birds – both typical escarpment birds and more localized specials. Though the reserve is privately owned, it is ...