Mpumalanga Adventures and experiences.
The first part of South Africa to welcome the sun’s rays, Mpumalanga, Zulu for place of the rising sun, is South Africa’s premier safari province. Kruger National Park is the star of the show. Smaller private game reserves of outstanding quality piece together this province of endless savanna, natural rock sculptures, and spectacular thunder and lightning. Many adventures here are inextricably linked with some form of game watching; whether it’s a hiking or mountain biking safari, game viewing while white water rafting down the Sabie River, or a microlight game watching tour. Mpumalanga could be called ‘the naturalist’s province’. People eyeing a career in conservation or nature guiding flock here to do game ranger or field guiding courses.
The province has two main geological regions, the grassland-dominated Highveld to the west, and the game-rich savannas of the Lowveld in the east. Each offers distinct environments of natural beauty for visitors to explore.
On the edge of the plunging escarpment that separates the Highveld from the Lowveld, the world’s 3rd deepest gorge, the Blyde River Canyon, further expands the scope for adventure. Most of these activities can be accessed from the well-known Panorama Route. This high scenic circuit makes its way from one quaint and friendly town to another, passing numerous adventure hubs where abseiling, kloofing, ziplining and massive bridge swings bring a refreshing blast of exhilaration into the drive. The unique geological features of this province have birthed many other interesting kloofs with channels, potholes and waterfalls as well as some spectacular caves like Sudwala.
The range of activities in Mpumalanga, including the incredible opportunity for purer-type adventures like rock climbing, caving, trail running and fly-fishing in the pristine rivers tumbling from the higher regions, make this province a close contender for the title of Adventure Capital of South Africa.