A Priceless African Safari Experience
An unforgettable and action-packed 24 hours in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, left our group feeling like the luckiest people on Earth.
Mpumalanga's Esther Mahlangu wins arts and culture veteran award at the Ubuntu Awards
Meet Big Game Country
Mpumalanga has rightfully been dubbed “Big Game Country,” as it is home to the globally renowned Kruger National Park, plus a plethora of sanctuaries with an abundance of wildlife and birds, as well as some of the world’s best private game lodges. We highlight two of the wildlife adventures you have to experience at least once in your life.
Mpumalanga Economic Regulator Bill 2017
Mpumalanga Economic Regulator Bill 2017
Exploring the Highlands Meander
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 Best Climb in Africa – At The Restaurant At The Edge Of The Universe
How Ed Viestur’s quote about climbing the 14 biggest peaks, “getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory”, just popped into my head at that precise moment I will never know. When it did I was halfway up my own mountain, a 15 m rock climb with a group of strangers I had only met an hour previously and who were at the bottom trying to encourage me on.
The Journey to the Birth Place of the Sun Begins in Emgwenya, formerly Waterval Boven
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.
Towns of the Highlands Meander
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!
Welcome To the Highlands Meander!
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.
A Riot of Colour
Traditionally September is the month for flower enthusiasts to pack-up their bakkies and 4x4 trailers and head to Namaqualand in time to be dazzled by the daisies. For the real diehard fans, this is then followed by a trip to the West Coast for the fynbos flowers in October.
Don’t Fly Past the Bypass!
One of the biggest mistakes to make with the Highlands Meander is to believe it is nothing more that the route from Gauteng to Kruger and the Lowveld. A seemingly never-ending road, that just goes on and on and on, as you make the ‘great-trek’ from the traffic and smog of the cities, to the warmth and freedom of the Lowveld.
Get Lost in the Trout Triangle
Most people have heard of the Bermuda Triangle and the lives it has claimed, but few realise that this is not the only sinister Triangle out there. The Devil’s Sea Triangle in the Pacific has claimed countless ships; The Michigan Triangle over the USA Lake has downed aircraft and made boats vanish; while America’s Bridgewater Triangle is responsible for hundreds of strange sightings.
Highlands Meander Protecting a National Treasure!
The endless grassland plains that seem to stretch unhindered along the Highlands Meander escarpment are sometimes a surprise to those tourists coming to Mpumalanga for their perfect ‘African Safari’. The last thing they expect on their way to Kruger are the lush green pastures that stretch from eMakhazeni, formerly Belfast to eNtokozweni, formerly Machadodorp, which gives the Highlands Meander a Scottish feel.
Highlands at Heart
To find the heart of the Highlands Meander you first need to find the tiny hamlet of Tonteldoos. Dwarfed by its well-known neighbour Dullstroom with only 40 permanent residents you wouldn’t be blamed for wondering ‘what could this town possibly offer?’ The answer is loads as Tonteldoos is one of those places that are full of surprises and once you’ve found it you are unlikely to forget it.
Hiking the Highlands
Hiking might not be the first thing that pops into many people’s minds when thinking about the Highlands Meander Region of Mpumalanga, trout fishing “yes”, hiking” no”! Yet this small section of South Africa’s “Big Five” province is home to some of the best hikes in the Country.
Wild About Whisky!
“There is no wrong way to drink whisky – it’s yours, just enjoy it” – Steve Adams, Dave and Eve Gunns, Wild About Whisky
Wrapping Up The Highlands
After an incredible two weeks exploring everything the Highlands Meander region of Mpumalanga has to offer, it is time to wrap up this campaign! However, this would be impossible to do without one more blog. A blog for the ‘Bucket Listers’ amongst us, one for the ‘attraction seekers’ or those simply looking for a recommendation of what to do while visiting this uniquely beautiful part of the province
Invitation to register for the exclusive SME Market Access Programme - deadline 15 December 2016
SATSA is pleased to offer historically disadvantaged small- and medium-sized tourism operators the exciting opportunity to attend training, be part of a peer-to-peer mentorship programme and ultimately meet and present to 45 large South African inbound trade members and DMCs.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE AT INDABA 2017
The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) will be participating at the Indaba Trade Show which will take place from 16 -18 May 2017 at the Albert Luthuli International Convention centre in Durban. MTPA has deemed the show as one of the essential platforms in its efforts of promotion and positioning the destination.
Artisan Shopping With No Mall In Site
When it comes to shopping in South Africa, Malls reign supreme! They are convenient, air conditioned and provide easy parking but let’s face it, whether the malls is in Durban, Cape Town or Gauteng they are all very much the same. You see one, you’ve seen them all. The shops are the same, the merchandise is the same and the food spots are the same, which can leave you feeling flat and underwhelmed.