8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

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8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h
1
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Barberton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pilgrim's Rest
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Venture out of the city with trips to Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park), Hazyview (Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Katundo Leather Shop, & more) and Antiques & Artifacts (in White River). There's still lots to do: stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market, and Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nelspruit trip tool .

Johannesburg to Nelspruit is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nelspruit when traveling from Johannesburg in August, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barberton.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, White River, Napi Wilderness Trail
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Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Barberton History & Mining Museum, then see the interesting displays at Barberton Museum, and then trek along Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barberton online route builder .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Barberton in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Pilgrim's Rest.

Things to do in Barberton

Museums Trails Outdoors
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Barberton Museum ©
Barberton Museum
Barberton History & Mining Museum ©
Barberton History & Mining Museum

2
nights
Pilgrim's Rest

Pilgrim's Rest ©
Pilgrim’s Rest is a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa which is protected as a provincial heritage site. On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and then take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pilgrims Rest, cruise along Panorama Route, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and finally take in panoramic vistas at God's Window.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pilgrim's Rest trip maker tool .

You can drive from Barberton to Pilgrim's Rest in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pilgrim's Rest

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Graskop, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route

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