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Fun Fact about Mbombela!

The provincial capital of South Africa's Mpumalanga is Mbombela. It is situated around 360 kilometres east of Johannesburg in the country's east. The term "Mbombela" is a condensed form of "Mbombela Nkangala," which in Swazi means "a lot of people gathered in a limited place." Nelspruit, the old name of the city, was changed to Mbombela in 2009. Mbombela is a significant center for commerce and transportation in the area and is also home to a variety of educational institutions, hospitals, and universities.

Nelspruit, now known as Mbombela, is located in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, which is known for its beautiful landscapes and rich cultural history. There are many things to do in and around the city, including:

1). Take one of the most iconic self-drive routes in the World, The Panorama Route!

2). The oldest known caves in the world, the Sudwala Caves, can be explored.

3). Visit the Kruger National Park, one of World's biggest game reserves, and go on a game drive.

4). Visit the Lowveld National Botanical Garden to see the many different types of flora and animals that live there.

5). A stroll through the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve will reward you with breathtaking views of the surroundings.

6). Go on a hot air balloon ride over the Lowveld region to see the stunning landscape from a different perspective.

7). Visit the Sabie River to go white water rafting.

8). Visit the old community of Pilgrim's Rest, a town from the gold rush that has been maintained.

9). Visit the Barberton Museum to learn more about the local history.

10). Visit the Long Tom Pass, which offers breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys, for a lovely drive.

Read more of each Lowveld activity here:


- The Mpumalanga province of South Africa's Panorama Route is famous for its breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. The route passes through some of the most breathtaking and picturesque areas of the area, such as God's Window, which has several lovely waterfalls and hiking paths, and the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

Contact: 013 065 0860


- Anyone with an interest in the region's geology and natural history must visit the Sudwala Caves. These prehistoric caverns, which are regarded as the oldest in the world, present a rare chance to explore the underground environment and take in some of the breathtaking rock formations that have been shaped over millions of years.

Contact:  083 446 0228


-The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve that is home to a variety of species, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros). A terrific opportunity to observe some of the amazing animals that call this region home and to learn more about their routines and behaviours is to visit the park and take on a game drive.

Contact: 013 735 4000


- It's wonderful to visit the Lowveld National Botanical Garden to witness the diverse flora and fauna. The garden is a terrific place to learn about the local environment and view some of the amazing flora and creatures that call this place home because it is home to a variety of different plant types and animals.

Contact: 013 752 8880


- A stunning location to visit, the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve provides amazing views of the surroundings. The reserve is a wonderful area to spend a day exploring nature due to its variety of hiking paths and stunning waterfalls.

Contact: 021 424 1037


- Experience the beauty of the Lowveld region in a unique and unforgettable way – by taking a Hot Air Balloon ride! Floating high above the ground, you'll get a bird's eye view of the stunning landscape below, including the rolling hills, forests, and rivers of the Mpumalanga province.

Contact: 013 764-3399


- With a variety of rafting experiences available for people of various ability levels, the Sabie River is an excellent site to enjoy white water rafting. There is a journey on the Sabie River that is ideal for everyone, regardless of skill level.

Contact: 013 764-3399


- A fascinating area to visit and a fantastic chance to learn about the local history is Pilgrim's Rest. This historic town, which was established during the gold rush, has been meticulously restored to offer tourists an idea of what life was like back then.



- The Barberton Museum is a great opportunity to learn more about the area's local history. The museum features a wide range of exhibits, such as galleries devoted to the history of the gold rush, the native populations in the area, and the local natural history.

Contact: 013 712 4208


- Beautiful roads like the Long Tom Pass provide breath-taking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The pass, which is an awesome place to pause and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surroundings, is called after the Long Tom Cannon, which was used during the Anglo-Boer War.

Contact: 013 764 3399


Article by: Go Nelspruit (Pty) Ltd t/a Go Lowveld

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