Mpumalanga, also known as “Place of the rising sun” is one of the most beautiful and scenic Provinces in South Africa. This place lies on the eastern part of South Africa and shares its borders with Mozambique and Swaziland. Mpumalanga is also home to the 8th largest national park in the world; Kruger National Park. Below is a list of Top 10 things to do in Mpumalanga.
1. A drive through the Panorama route
This is perhaps the most scenic road in Mpumalanga, it takes you through the most beautiful misty mountains and through to all major tourist attractions in Mpumalanga. I definitely would drive here every day if I had a chance.
2. Sudwala Caves
If your a fan of indigenous natural attractions, well this is the place for you. Formed over 200 million years ago, sudwala caves are the oldest caves in the world. Entrance fee is between R80.00 – R100.00
3. Mac Falls
What could be more amazing than seeing water falling 65 meters into the ground then form rainbow colours naturally? You wouldn’t know unless you visit Mac-Mac falls. Entrance fee is R10.00
4. Graskop Gorge Lift, Mpumalanga
If you are not scared of heights, then why not test your adrenaline by taking a 50 – 70-meter jump into the forest. This will cost you between R170.00 – R190.00, but if you just want to go and clap hands for others as they jump, then entrance fee is just R20.00
5. Lisbon Falls, Mpumalanga
With water falling 92 meters to the ground, Lisbon falls are the highest falls in Mpumalanga and the 9th highest in South Africa. I felt like I could jump in and be a part of nature for a moment. Entrance fee is R10.00
6. Three Rondavels
Some people argue that if you visit Mpumalanga and not go to the Three Rondavels, then you are considered as not having been to Mpumalanga, of-course I agree with them. Entrance is R25.00- R40.00
7. Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga
This is the 3rd largest Canyon in the world, which therefore means that it’s a must-visit when in Mpumalanga. Entrance fee for Blyde River Canyon is included in your entrance fee to the three rondavels, these two are in the same area. It’s so peaceful you can even get a nap.
8. Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Trust me you haven’t seen potholes this beautiful, these potholes mark the beginning of the Blyde river canyon. Entrance is R50.00-60.00
9. God’s Window
Whether or not you have been to Mpumalanga it is obvious you have heard about God’s window. The first time I went to God’s window I thought maybe I would see a glass window, but guess what? You need to pay an entrance fee of just R10.00 to go find out for yourself.
10. The Pinnacle
Have you ever seen a rock that goes up to approximately 30 meters high? If not, then what are you waiting for if R15.00 can get you there.
Note: All the places above are located on the Panorama Route.
Words and Images By Ria Makhale
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