As part of the Mahushe Shongwe facility upgrade project, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency has contributed 120 non-motorised bicycles to the community of Nkomazi. In partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), the MTPA has identified the use of non-motorised vehicles as a viable and environmentally friendly mode of transport for community members.
With efforts aimed at cultivating the province of Mpumalanga’s economy, the MEC for finance, economic development and tourism, Mr. Sikhumbuzo Kholwane has shared an exciting programme in the build up to the 2017 Tourism month, to be hosted in September.
Although influenced by the landscape, Mpumalanga winters promise slight subtropical conditions for a mild and midrange gauge on the cold-ometer, just right for a self-drive school holiday getaway. Ah, the winter holidays, some of the longest in the school calendar offer reprieve from the bite of the cold in the dead of winter especially for road trip visitors to 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.
One thing I have found common across the globe is that often the most important discoveries are found in the most unlikely of places. Take Emgwenya for example, this is undoubtedly a beautiful small town that marks the end of the Highlands Meander if you are travelling from Gauteng or the start if you are journeying from Nelspruit and yet for many people travelling through, Emgwenya it is simply a landmark along the route.
Conjure up mental images of Mpumalanga and what do you get? The Kruger National Park, the iconic Lowveld heat, the dry bushveld scenery the province is famed for, or perhaps the vistas of the Panorama Route. Yet there is so much more to this province than simply savanna scrub.
With the exception of Dullstroom, the Highlands Meander region of Mpumalanga is too often viewed as the ‘Road to the Lowveld or Gauteng’. With people generally just passing through, rather than taking the time to see what the region is all about.
The Highlands Meander is a treasure trove of attractions, activities and adventures just waiting to be explored and over the next twelve days that is exactly what we will be doing. However, before we set-off on the journey into what you can do in this versatile region of Mpumalanga we need to first look at where you can stay!