21 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

21 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

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21 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Carolina
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Machadodorp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Barberton
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Malelane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Graskop
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
White River
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Carolina

Carolina ©
Carolina is a town situated on the Johannesburg to Swaziland route (R33 and R38) in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. On the next day, hike along Suikerboschfontein.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carolina trip itinerary maker site .

Johannesburg to Carolina is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Carolina. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Machadodorp.

Things to do in Carolina

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©

3
nights
Machadodorp

Machadodorp, also known by its official name eNtokozweni, is a small town situated near the edge of the escarpment in the Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Get out of town with these interesting Machadodorp side-trips: Dullstroom (Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre, Anvil Ale Brewery, & more). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the interesting displays at Krugerhof Museum, appreciate the history behind The Berg-en-Dal Monument, and identify plant and animal life at Wathaba Hiking Trail - Day Tours.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Machadodorp trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carolina to Machadodorp takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barberton.

Things to do in Machadodorp

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dullstroom, The Berg-en-Dal Monument, Safaris, Krugerhof Museum
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Safaris
Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate ©

3
nights
Barberton

Barberton ©
Barberton is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, which has its origin in the 1880s gold rush in the region. Go for a jaunt from Barberton to Kaapsehoop to see Adam's Calendar about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, get engrossed in the history at Barberton History & Mining Museum, and see the interesting displays at Barberton Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barberton road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Machadodorp to Barberton takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Machadodorp in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Barberton. On the 8th (Thu), you're off toMalelane.

Things to do in Barberton

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Adam's Calendar
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Barberton Museum ©
Barberton Museum
Barberton History & Mining Museum ©
Adam's Calendar ©
Adam's Calendar

3
nights
Malelane

Malelane ©
Malalane is a farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa situated on the N4 national highway. Get out of town with these interesting Malelane side-trips: Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park), Sabi Sand Game Reserve (in Sabie) and Matsamo Cultural Village (in Jeppe's Reef). There's still lots to do: tee off at Leopard Creek Country Club and examine the collection at Samora Machel Monument.

To find out how to plan a trip to Malelane, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Barberton to Malelane by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Malelane

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Matsamo Cultural Village, Samora Machel Monument, Napi Wilderness Trail
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Leopard Creek Country Club ©
Leopard Creek Country Club
Sabi Sand Game Reserve ©
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Samora Machel Monument ©
Samora Machel Monument

5
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Graskop: Lone Creek Falls (in Sabie) and Long Tom Pass (in Lydenburg). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window, make a trip to Pilgrims Rest, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lisbon Falls.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Graskop visit planner .

Getting from Malelane to Graskop by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to White River.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Sabie, Long Tom Pass, Ponieskrantz, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Pilgrims Rest ©
Pilgrims Rest
The Pinnacle Rock ©
The Pinnacle Rock

5
nights
White River

White River ©
White River is a small holiday and farming town situated just north of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around White River: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers, The Elephant Sanctuary, & more) and Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden and browse for treasures at Antiques & Artifacts.

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Traveling by car from Graskop to White River takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in White River, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in White River

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Nelspruit
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Zipline

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