With “Sustainable Tourism” as this year’s theme, the province of Mpumalanga is thrilled to host the 2017 World Tourism Day during the month of September. With an events calendar in build up to the main event on the 27th of this month, find interventions across various sectors of the economy in support of World Tourism day. Aimed at growing the provincial economy as well as addressing socio-economic challenges that affect the area, find month long events and happenings throughout the month and beyond aimed at advancing sustainable tourism throughout the province of Mpumalanga.
Just 35km out of Nelspruit there is a fairy tale small town gem - a place with majestic views, quaint small town charm and wild horses.
An unforgettable and action-packed 24 hours in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, left our group feeling like the luckiest people on Earth.
Mpumalanga has rightfully been dubbed “Big Game Country,” as it is home to the globally renowned Kruger National Park, plus a plethora of sanctuaries with an abundance of wildlife and birds, as well as some of the world’s best private game lodges. We highlight two of the wildlife adventures you have to experience at least once in your life.
The endless grassland plains that seem to stretch unhindered along the Highlands Meander escarpment are sometimes a surprise to those tourists coming to Mpumalanga for their perfect ‘African Safari’. The last thing they expect on their way to Kruger are the lush green pastures that stretch from eMakhazeni, formerly Belfast to eNtokozweni, formerly Machadodorp, which gives the Highlands Meander a Scottish feel.
Mpumalanga is renowned for its birding and the Genesis Route is no exception. Over 350 different species of bird have been identified along the Genesis Route, mainly around the Gold Rush town of Barberton.
In the incentive travel sector, a trip of a lifetime is a way of rewarding people working for big companies when they excel. “Incentive trips needs to ‘wow’ a person with something that’s special, exciting and unforgettable. We believe a trip to Mpumalanga can offer all that and more,” explains said Sma Dlamini, Events Manager for the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.
Why 24 hours in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve left me feeling like the luckiest person on Earth.
I was watching a juvenile bateleur preening in a dead tree when I heard guide Mike Palmer whisper, ‘Cheetah.’ Almost immediately there was a collective intake of breath as everyone in the game-drive vehicle refocused their gaze on the cheetah, frozen in the soft morning light.
Its body was poised long and low to the ground. Everything about its posture indicated action, despite the fact that it was standing dead still. Then suddenly, quicker than we could follow, it darted in front of us and out of sight.