Mpumalanga is a stunning, activity filled, and extremely scenic holiday destination, however, not many know the more intricate, interesting and fun facts about the province. We thought we’d put together an article with a few quick, interesting, historical and fun facts about the beautiful province of Mpumalanga, the place of the rising sun.
Here’s a list of our interesting, fun and historic facts:
- Mpumalanga is home to incredibly diverse landscapes, wildlife, birdlife and mountain ranges.
- It is the home of exquisite and brag-worthy panoramic views that fade into the endless distance due to the vast difference in the landscape and mountain heights.
- It is home to one of the country’s largest and most famous nature reserves – The Kruger National Park which is home to the famous Big 5 namely, Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Buffalos.
- It has the third largest canyon in the world, measuring 26 946 Hectares, after the very well-known Grand Canyon in America and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. It is also the largest green canyon due to its lush subtropical foliage, with the deepest abrupt cliffs of any canyon in the world.
- It hosts the world’s oldest caves, the famous Sterkfontein Caves, where Scientists have discovered fossils from over three MILLION years ago. Yes, 3 million years ago, the birth of humanity! Two million year old stone tools have also been found at this fascinating Heritage Site.
- Originating an astonishing 180 million years ago, when Antarctica and Madagascar separated from Africa, Mpumalanga is home to the distinguished Drakensburg Escarpment which separates Mpumalanga in two.
- The gorgeous road-side scenery of Mpumalanga has turned an ordinary road trip into a scenic wonder known as the impressive and remarkable Panorama Route.
- Mpumalanga is in the Northern part of South Africa, with KwaZulu-Natal to the South, Gauteng to the West, Limpopo to the North and Mozambique to the East.
- The main source of income in Mpumalanga is from agriculture, such as farming, mining of mineral resources and tourism.
- Mpumalanga is extremely rich in history - rock art tells us that hunter-gatherers called the San people lived in the province. Other interesting history includes the discovery of gold in 1873 in a small stream in a town called Pilgrim’s Rest.
Ten more reasons to visit Mpumalanga on your next vacation, the place of the rising sun looks forward to welcoming you!