While the beautiful coastline of South Africa is alluring for most people heading off on their annual holiday, it can be overcrowded. If you are looking to escape the beach this year and find a new place to explore, you should consider making Mpumalanga your next holiday destination.

For many Mpumalanga is untouched territory. A mystical place in the North-Eastern part of the country, well away from the constant hustle and bustle of the city. But over the years, as tourism has flourished in the area, Mpumalanga has slowly started capturing the attention of South African holiday makers who are looking for something a little different. The province is home to all kinds of stunning attractions and it has all sorts of natural sights to take in and explore. The province will leave you wanting more, as it can’t all be seen in a day. That is the beauty of Mpumalanga. It is not a once off destination but rather a place that will become your slice of heaven.

Mpumalanga is a big province and as such no two parts of it is the same. The province is spilt into two; the Highveld and the Lowveld. The Lowveld is possibly the more popular of the two, and it is here that the capital city of Nelspruit is nestled away close to historical towns, hiking trails, forests and loads of exciting things to do.

The Lowveld also happens to be a wonderfully affordable place to have a holiday. And these are some of the things you shouldn’t miss out on.

Explore the cascades

Our corner of the country is home to more waterfalls than any other place in South Africa. The Panorama Route in particular has loads of cascades and while most are free to enter, others may have a small entry fee which goes towards preserving the area. Some of the waterfalls have a fascinating history and the ones that you should not miss out on visiting include the Mac Mac Falls, the Horseshoe Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. If you are in the vicinity of Horseshoe Falls, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to do a little trout fishing.

Climb mountains

The hills are truly alive in this part of the world and they offer the most magnificent views of the scenery. Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and the Kaapsehoop Escarpment are all popular places to enjoy a hike, and each is covered in lush greenery and is home to all sorts of animals. If you are looking for peace and quiet, the mountains are certainly the place where you will find it.

Go Hiking

An outdoor holiday is the perfect way to unwind and air your brain. There are countless hiking trails dotted throughout the province. Some require a fee and others are free, although you might prefer to stick to the paid for trails as they are generally considered safer and they are in a better condition than those trails which are free to use. To find out more about the trails you can enjoy in Mpumalanga, a quick Google search will provide you with everything you need to know.

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If you will be using Nelspruit accommodation, don’t forget to book your stay with us. Pensao is in the ideal location for those looking to explore Mpumalanga.