The capital of the Mpumalanga province, Nelspruit South Africa is located in the northeastern part of the country. Nelspruit is a major South African hub for fruit production, as well as an ideal destination for travelers who wish to visit the Kruger National Park. Whether your trip to Nelspruit figures in your South Africa vacation plans as a pit stop or a main event, there are several things to do during a visit, and vacations to Nelspruit are sure to be rewarding.
Nelspruit South Africa
While visitors can enjoy shopping malls and entertainment complexes within Nelspruit South Africa, the real draw in Nelspruit is the natural attractions. Owing to the region's fertile soil and subtropical climate, Nelspruit is a major producer of citrus fruits, mangoes, avocados, bananas, pears, and nuts. In the spring and summer, blooming lilac jacaranda, purple bougainvilleas, and bauhinias burst into beautiful color. Visit the beautiful Lowveld National Botanical Garden on the Crocodile River banks, and step next door to visit a crocodile farm. Of course, the summer is also a very hot and humid time to visit, so you may consider scheduling your Nelspruit travel for a cooler season.
The winter is a great time make a trip to Nelspruit if you're headed to the Kruger National Park. Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest game reserve. It spans 7,332 square miles (18,989 square km), and southern access to the park through the Malelane Gate—one of eight entrances to the park—is less than 40 miles away from Nelspruit. Numerous species of wildlife live within the reserve, including lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinoceroses, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, spotted hyenas, impalas, African buffalo, and more than a hundred reptile species. Kruger National Park is a great place to take tours or safaris, including luxury safaris.
During your trip to Nelspruit, you can also visit the stunning Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most popular attractions. The sixteen-mile canyon is one of the largest canyons on the planet—by some accounts, it is the third largest on the planet, after the Grand Canyon in the United States and Fish River Canyon in Namibia. It is also the second-deepest canyon in Africa, after Fish River Canyon. There are numerous popular lookouts and rock formations; the most popular is the Three Rondavels. Other popular points are the Pinnacle, God's Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, and Wonderview. In addition, you can see many waterfalls.
Nelspruit South Africa may be a less common destination than Durban or Cape Town, but Nelspruit travel is not difficult to plan. Nelspruit has a train station and an airport that have connections several times a day to elsewhere in the country, and the city is reachable by main roads as well. When it comes to finding accommodation during Nelspruit travel, travelers can choose from a number of guesthouses, lodges, and self-catering apartments. Whether you're on your way to Blyde River Canyon or the Kruger National Park, Nelspruit makes a convenient stopover and offers its own attractions as well, leading many tourists to add the city to their travel plans.