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Adventures in Mpumalanga: Where to go and what to do 

Bridge over the canyon at the Bourke’s Luck potholes in the Blyde river, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo via Adobe Stock

Mpumalanga is home to the Kruger National Park and the lowveld region of South Africa. It’s garnered a name for itself as being the slowveld. If you’re visiting the province and would like to find some adventures along the way, here is a look at what you can get up to…

Mpumalanga from an aerial view

For impressive views of the province from above, opt for a ride in a hot air balloon ride. One of the best viewing spots to try this is by the Blyde River, near the Drakensburg escarpment. Watch the sun rising as you take to the skies and lookout for wildlife roaming below you, from the Kruger to the Canyons Biosphere. 

If you’d prefer to (safely) fall off a cliff, paraglide off the Blyde River Canon‘s cliffs, in some of the best gliding in the country. You’ll spot the Three Rondawels spiraling from the canyon’s wall and God’s Window from above.

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River rafting

Go on an adventure down the Sabie River, where you’ll be amid white water rapids.You’ll pass indigenous forests and small rapids, taking a splash here and there. The Sabie River has a diverse fish and bird populations. This 8 km route offers the perfect experience for all, whether you or a novice or not. You can also opt for a tube instead in a 4 hour specially designed ride. 

Climb Mpumalanga’s cliffs

There are an abundance of mountains in the Mpumalanga province. If you’d like to find yourself climbing some of them, consider abseiling or rock climbing by the Elands River gorge at Waterval Boven above the waterfall. The cliffs here have been voted the best in the country.

This region is also one of the top rock climbing destinations in South Africa and where you’ll find the ‘Restaurant at the End of the Universe’. These cliffs are well-suited to keep experienced climbers on their toes, with some sections reserved for highly advanced climbers only. If you’d like to make your way down a cliff, there’s Makuhlu which sits at 27m. 

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Biking the backroads

Any keen mountain biker who is ready to experience Mpumalanga from the vantage point of two wheels will have a ball of a time biking. Cycle in a safe and controlled way with a guide to show you all the hotspots. Experience the Blyde river canyon on bike or the single tracks in Graskop forests. There are possibilities for all types of fitness levels, and if you prefer a motorised bike, visit one of the quad bike trails. You’ll find these in Hazyview’s scenic riverine area, in and around the Sabie River Valley and the bushveld surrounding the Kruger National Park.

Swing from tree tops

Visit Hazyview to experience the thrill of Africa’s longest aerial cable trail, ready to welcome families. You will be escorted by a guide as you travel above the natural forested valleys along the Sabie River and down into the valley basin, stopping along the way to take it all in.

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Seek the adventures where you may not have thought to find them before. Mpumalanga has no shortage of options to keep your adrenaline pumping. 

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