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When you arrive at Highveld Mall its hard not to be impressed, after all this is the biggest shopping and entertainment hub in Mpumalanga.

Highveld Mall – The Largest in Mpumalanga
08 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

The Cultural Heartlands is a region of contrasts. A rich mixture of wild grasslands, agriculture and mining that has left this corner of Mpumalanga with its checker board appearance and instantly recognisable landmarks.

Hidden Gems of the Cultural Heartlands
08 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

Gone are the days where Casinos can market themselves as providers of adult only fun. Now they have to have a suite of child friendly add-ons to keep the whole family entertained.

The Ridge Casino – Fun for all the Family
07 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

The beauty of the Cultural Heartlands is it is designed to be explored. As the deep valleys, hidden waterfalls, mountain springs and rolling grasslands reach out to be discovered. The mountain passes used in the early pioneer days now provide the perfect hiking trails or mountain bike routes and the small dirt roads that connect some of the quaint towns in the region make for great 4x4 adventures or for the athletic, trail runs!

Running, hiking, cycling or 4x4 there are many ways to explore the Cultural Heartlands.
06 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

“Breathe, just breathe”, I had to keep reminding myself as my feet neared the edge, my left hand clutching the carabiner on my safety harness as if my life depended upon it. While my right hand slowly let out the abseil rope millimetre-by-millimetre. Behind me the soothing voice of Iaan Botha guiding me backwards, while his father Jan assured me he had a firm grip on my safety rope. 

A Leap into the Gorge
06 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

It’s somewhat ironic that a city renowned for its pitch black coal mines and grey coal fired power stations was given the name ‘Witbank’ meaning “White Bank”. Now eMalahleni, the towns original name of Witbank originated from the early Dutch transport drivers who would stop here with their wagon carts. They used the white ridge of stone that originally jutted out from the mountains just behind the town as a landmark. Now more appropriately named eMalahleni, meaning coal in the Ndebele language, there is a lot more to this small city than perhaps first meets the eye.

eMalahleni the Gatehouse to Mpumalanga
06 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

The Lilizela Awards are all about showcasing to the World the best South Africa has to offer when it comes to tourism. A platform for celebrating service excellence and for recognising and rewarding those who work with passion and pride to deliver a world class product and service. To win an Lilizela Award isn’t easy, as the tourism industry in South Africa is well developed and considered to be one of the best in the world, so the competition is fierce!

What does it take to be a Lilizela Tourism Award Winner?
06 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

One of the first things that will strike anyone driving through the Cultural Heartlands is the vastness of this region. Unlike the mountainous Lowveld with its thick indigenous bushveld, the flat grasslands of the Cultural Heartlands spread uninterrupted to the distant horizon and a never-ending skyline that gives an almost overwhelming impression of limitlessness.  

Cultural Heartlands on Horseback
04 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands

If you are a lover of nature, enjoy escaping the city for the peace and quite of wild open spaces, and are looking for adventure. The numerous wild hikes at De Voetpadkloof are just the thing for you.

Wild Hikes at De Voetpadkloof
04 January 2016 by Katy La Grange
Categories: Cultural Heartlands
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