What to do in Nelspruit this August

You probably can’t feel it from a distance, but the chill left by a snowy cold winter is finally starting to lift and Lowvelders and guests to the Lowveld are shaking away the last of their winter blues.

August is the very end of winter, and while there will still be a cold snap here and there before the spring makes her glorious return, now is the time of year when event calendars start filling up and the residents of Nelspruit start getting ready for the warmer days. 

August is quite a busy month for the social butterflies out there. And guests looking to spend a weekend away here will have a selection of things to get up to, every weekend of this beautiful new month. 

From supporting local businesses at the many new and old farmers and crafters markets to attending festivals and fundraising events, there is much to look forward to. If August is your month to travel to our town, you should consider booking your stay at Pensao. Our Nelspruit accommodation is comfortable and spacious, with big rooms and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy. We are also close enough to most of the events that we will list in this blog, making us the perfect place to stay in August. 

12 August – GBV Marathon & the CANSA Fundraiser 

August is women’s month and there is still much work and awareness to be done around the catastrophic incidents of gender based violence in our country. During this month, there will be various awareness drives and campaigns on the go, one of which will be the GBV Marathon taking place at Mbombela Stadium on the 12th. The event starts at 6:30 am and all of the proceeds go to charity. 

On the same day, at the picturesque Magnolia Restaurant and Café in White River, there will be a CANSA fundraising Safari high Tea, which will star at 11am. 

19 August – The Penryn Festival 

Each year, a highlight for the Lowveld community, is the Penryn Festival. It is a day full of fun and entertainment, with local small businesses setting up market stalls,beer and tea gardens for the adults, and a fun kiddie zone making it the perfect place for a family day out. Tickets will cost R180 for adults and R120 for children, and there will be park and ride facilities in Nelspruit and White River. 

31 August to 2 September – Mpumalanga Show  

What better way to welcome in the new spring season than with a festival that celebrates agriculture, wildlife, forestry and tourism? At the Mpumalanga Show, there will be plenty of entertainment as well as stalls and shops to browse through and explore. The show takes place over a couple of days and the evenings usually turn into a party. 

While Nelspruit is quite urban and well developed, at our core we are still very much attached to nature and the surrounds. This means the Mpumalanga Show is a fabulous place to get to know more about the people and the culture of our town.  

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