Experience Mpumalanga
Wildside Magazine|Spring 2019
A Tourists Playground

Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Striking rugged mountain ranges, the Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest canyons, cascading waterfalls, exquisite fauna and flora and a rich and diverse cultural history are what make this region one of South Africa’s much loved tourist playgrounds.

Getting Around

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, (KMIA) is 28km northeast of the provincial capital Nelspruit (Mbombela), There are daily flights into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Some of the private lodges within the region also offer charter flights from KMIA directly to the lodge.

Once on the ground, the best way to explore this region is to self-drive. Hiring a car is easy with all the major car rental companies being represented at the airport. The roads in Mpumalanga are generally good-quality tarmac, although there are places where you’ll find potholes and stray animals and for this reason we strongly advise against driving before sunrise or after sunset if possible.

Health Tips

Malaria occurs within the Lowveld areas of Mpumalanga, right through the year. Malaria is spread by the Anopheles mosquito, so preventing yourself being bitten is of paramount importance. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers to Mpumalanga Lowveld.

Mosquito nets and repellents are also strongly recommended after sundown. Try to avoid being bitten by wearing clothing that covers the arms, legs, and ankles and use repellent’

The Basics

Money: ATMs are found throughout the region and cards are widely accepted. If you are an international visitor you should inform your bank of your travel plans to avoid declined credit card transactions.

Tipping

Wages are low here, and tipping is expected.

Restaurants and cafes tip 10% to 15% of the total in restaurants; 10% in cafes.

Car guards: Offer R2, or R5 for longer periods.

Petrol stations: Anything from R5 – more if the attendant washes the windscreen and checks the tyres, etc.

Where to Stay

Kruger Shalati, Train on a Bridge

Thebe Tourism Group’ Kruger Shalati Train on a Bridge is a new luxury tourism and hospitality product in the Kruger National Park, housed inside a restored and reimagined train on the Selati Bridge. Consists of 24 rooms offering 48 beds in train rooms, spanning the Sabie river from bank to bank. 1 lounge carriage with bar and deck and pool, and game viewing scenery from the vista atop the river. 7 land-based rooms in Bridge House. Family suites with dedicated children areas and honeymoon suite. Bridge house dining and lounge areas including decked seating a pool overlooking the Sabie river. Tel: +27 (0)66 159 9972 Email: reservations@krugershalati.com Website: www.krugershalati.com

Woodlands Guest House: This upmarket luxury Guest House offers seven individually decorated suites, deck overlooking subtropical gardens, a pool with secure and safe parking as well as free WiFi. Woodlands is only 10kms from Kruger National Park’s Phabeni Gate. R1035 pps b&b Cell (+27) 630656930, 648 Blue Jay Crescent, Hazyview Residential area reservations@woodlandsgh.co.za www.woodlandsgh.co.za

Umsisi House: TGCSA 5-STAR COUNTRY HOUSE With panoramic views, beautiful gardens, abundant birdlife, swimming pool, jacuzzi, walking trails, extensive library, TV Room and free Wifi, umSisi House invites you to make yourself ‘At Home in Africa’. Located between White River and Hazyview, just 20 minutes from Numbi Gate, umSisi House is a gourmet getaway offering luxury villa accommodation for private groups (min 4 and max 10 people) looking to explore the Kruger Lowveld region. Children welcome | Prior booking essential | From R3300 – R3850 pps DBB or FB Website: www.umsisihouse.com Email: reservations@umsisihouse.co.za Tel: 082 479 9700

Little Pilgrims Boutique Hotel: Experience the pioneering spirit of the 1800s in a romantic quaint Pilgrims Rest lookalike little town. Thirty-five suites tastefully furnished to compliment the gold rush era, offers guests peaceful and private gardens. R950 PPS b&b Tel: (+27) 13 7373163 Main road R40, Hazyview reservations@littlepilgrims.co.za www.littlepilgrims.co.za

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