A journey to experience and feel the warmth of the African sun, the genial hospitality and the vibrancy and energy of Africa starts with a visit to Africa’s most southern tip, South Africa. The lovely melting pot of the African continent and as any sincere tour guide or past visitor will tell you, South Africa’s true worth is in the landscape, but what is most exceptional about this country, is its wildlife.
Mpumalanga is no different. Aptly called “the place of the rising sun”, this place is the closest thing to the sun’s golden corona, and allows one an exceptional view of the varied and fascinating wildlife that Africa has to offer. None is more fascinating than the heavily armoured and fierce rhino.
The Kruger National Park, the largest protected national park in the world is leading the fight to conserve this temperamental beauty. A visit to the Kruger Park allows one a view of the majestic Big Five and a chance to play a hand in the conservation efforts of the over 3000 left rhinos in the park.
The Kruger National Park offers a wide range of options in the park itself and surrounding areas. Accommodating those of luxurious tastes and those on a more economical budget. Leading places to stay in at the park include the meticulously furnished and extravagant Lukimbi Safari Lodge as well as a wide variety of other accommodation options that offer various self-catering and catering options.
Sabi Sands provides tourist a more opulent option. It’s location as the affluent neighbour of the Kruger National Park means that tourists enjoy the fine trimmings of an African wildlife safari but still enjoy the luxury of fine living and dining.
The establishment boasts over 20 lodges, all of varied personality and flair in the 65 000 hectare private game reserve.
Establishments like Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Sir Richard Branson’s safari lodge located in the Western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, is one of the reserves many built gems.
Sabi Sands boasts fine dining and a few exquisite restaurants, leaving one with abundant eating options.
Beyond the dining and site seeing, Mpumalanga offers a wide variety of things to do at the reserve. It being the size of Slovenia, allows one ample space for 4×4 tours, canoeing down the abundant Olifants River that flows into Mozambique’s Gaza Province or even hot air ballooning.
The nature reserves in Mpumalanga allow one to partake in the cause to save one of the world’s most iconic animals, the rhino while still urging you to have fun doing it. Marking the province as a top rhino haven in South Africa. PHOTO BY TWNA
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