Like many provinces, Mpumalanga’s tourism sector has unfortunately been hard hit by the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. On 11 and 12 of September, the Mpumalanga Department of Tourism in partnership with Jakada (Pty) Ltd hosted the very first Mpumalanga Tourism Expo.
This event was aimed at providing local businesses with the opportunity to showcase their work, while also re-igniting the provincial tourism sector by encouraging travel into and within the province.
In the spirit of Tourism Month and embracing the freedom to travel which comes as a result of eased lockdown restrictions, take a sho’t left and experience the province of the rising sun.
Here’s what you can get up to.
Along the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga lies God’s Window; an offering of breathtaking views, waterfalls and unique rock formations. Standing on the edge of the escarpment, one is spoilt with views of the world’s greenest canyon.
God’s Window is the ideal place to experience scenic splendour as you allow your soul to be filled with the beauty of nature. Although cloudy days can steal away from the gorgeous view, it is quite fortunate that the weather in Mpumalanga tends to be quite generous with sunny days. For the cherry on top, pack your basket and enjoy not just any picnic but a memorable one with an unbelievably beautiful view.
A trip to Mpumalanga undoubtedly calls for a visit to the iconic Kruger National Park. Being the largest game reserve in South Africa, it covers over 20 000 square kilometers of land. The reserve is also home to hundreds of animal species including the Big Five.
For the best safari experience, align yourself with ‘animal kingdom time’ by embarking on a game drive either early in the morning or late afternoon. At the park, you will be able to learn more about the happenings of the animal kingdom as you live out your safari dreams. So, grab your binoculars and camera. Who knows? You may just spot your favourite animal.
On the outskirts of White River is a beautiful and chic escape, the Country Boutique Hotel. Once the homestead to an avocado-farming family, the intimate hotel offers the quintessential experience of luxurious and opulent living.
You are guaranteed an experience characterized by scrumptious food, fine detail with chandeliers and mirrors as well as exceptional service. The hotel rooms come equipped with the usual amenities such as a Nespresso machine, mini-bar, TV and more. So whether you are looking for a luxurious stay, or simply want to indulge in fine dining for lunch or dinner, the Country Boutique Hotel is here to make your experience an unforgettable one.
For tasty braai’ed meat, good music and good vibes, head over to Coyotes Pub & Shisanyama in Nelspruit. The lifestyle lounge offers entertainment from the best of Mpumalanga’s DJs, and occasionally some of South Africa’s biggest artists, providing patrons with an unforgettable experience.