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. The ideal opportunity to start planning a drive-in breakaway to the warm and welcoming province of Mpumalanga, we share 3 superb road trip destinations to visit throughout Mpumalanga. So start packing the car, plug in the GPS and get ready to go Mpumalanga go!
1. Self-Drive the Panorama Route
For the creme de la creme in scenic self-drive options, the Mpumalanga Panorama Route doesn’t leave much to the imagination. With dramatic drops down the escarpment and picturesque grassland landscapes, the Panorama Route includes some of the most magnificent falls such as the Berlin, Bridal Veil, Lisbon, Lone Creek, Mac-Mac and Sabie falls. And lest not forget the breath-taking views belonging to the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, the Pinnacle, Wonder View, the Three Rondavels and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Offering an assortment of accommodation the Panorama Route passes through a number of towns from Lydenburg to Graskop and Pilgrims Rest to Kiepersol through Hazyview to Ohrigstad in a just under 400km.
2. Home of the Cultural Heartland
Nothing compares to the generously warm and welcoming nature of the native Ndebele. Oozing with their creative culture, sharing their great wisdom and paying homage to their heritage a visit through Mpumalanga’s Cultural Heartland must include stops at the towns of Twoline, Waterval, Matibidi and Kwaggafontein
3. The Corners of Cosmos Country
The lesser frequented parts of the province, but by far some of the fairer, welcome to Cosmos Country running along the borders of the Free State and Gauteng provinces. Towns such as Greylingstad, Balfour, Standerton and Bethal, Secunda, Delmas and Leandra all fall within the region and make for some of the prettiest overnight stays and drive through tours. Blooming in the late summer and lasting well into the cooler months, Cosmos in pink, purple, white and mauve colour Mpumalanga with marvel!
Whether it be the well know or the lesser travelled tourist destinations, the province of Mpumalanga offers visitors with one of the largest variety in dream drive-in destinations across the diverse landscapes. From the pitched highlands to the dramatic escarpment and the abundant Wetlands and Lowveld, we have only highlighted a few of our favourites but have not forgotten about other regions of great interest and well worth visiting.
For travellers visiting from further afield, Nelspruit or Mbombela, just a stone’s throw away from the delightful White River is located in the Lowveld and just over 100km’s from Mozambique. With two airports for a fly in option and central to all major motorways throughout the province, Nelspruit is further serviced by all leading car rental companies.
So regardless of if you are travelling from abroad looking for a self-drive adventure or a local seeking a fly in, drive through travel option, Mpumalanga offers much to be admired by way of self-drive leisure travel.