Mpumalanga Nature Reserves Open for Business


Emerging from its retreat after prioritizing the health and safety of its residents, local business owners, esteemed guests and tourists, the Province of Mpumalanga once again welcomes local day visitors to the many splendours of the 'Place of the Rising Sun'. Following the announcement made by the national government lifting lockdown regulations to Alert level 3, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has reopened selected provincial nature reserves, once again welcoming self-drives, hiking, fishing and hunting activities to our glorious province on Mpumalanga. 

While our borders remain closed to international leisure tourism and domestic or interprovincial movement remains prohibited except travel with the purpose of work, as we move through each revised alert level, the recovery of the tourism sector is in sight.

As of 23 June 2020, the MTPA has opened its doors to selected nature reserve including those along the popular panorama route such as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Three Rondawels and Pinnacle. Thrilled to once again welcome guests and day visitors to the many splendours of Mpumalanga’s public parks and private game farms, local residents of the province of Mpumalanga province may now visit all parks and game farms open to the public for day visits and self-drive excursions operating between 06:00 and 18:00. 

While adhering to the strict health and safety protocols put in place to safeguard both staff and guests, the MTPA encourages all those intending to visit our nature reserves to make the necessary bookings prior to your visit by contacting our central reservations office on or +27 13 759 5432.

While adhering to lockdown alert level 3 safety regulations, braai facilities, picnic sites, swimming pools and camping sites will remain closed for the public. The MTPA administration would also like to encourage full booking payments made upfront making use of electronic methods prior to your arrival which will further reduce person to person contact with guests and park officials. Observing road regulations aligned to alert level 3 lockdown regulations, guests will also be required to wear face masks at all times while maintaining social distance and following the necessary directives relating to transport capacity.

The following nature reserves will be open to the public with the following activities being offered:
  • Loskop Dam Nature Reserve - Self drive 
  • Barberton Nature Reserve - Self drive
  • Songimvelo Nature Reserve - Self-drive, hunting and fishing
  • Manyeleti Nature Reserve   - Self drive
  • Blyde River Canyon   - Self guided walk and hiking trails (Belvedere day walk hiking trail   available from 07h00-12h00)
  • Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve - Fishing and hunting
  • Andover Nature Reserve - Hunting

Working hours at all the above listed nature reserves will vary during this period and will be from 07h00 to 16h00. 
Aligned to the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and Department of Health guidelines and advice, the MTPA will also share the standard protocols as developed by The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) for the operation of all types of tourism businesses and facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep a look out for our next blog insert for detailed explanations.

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