8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

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Nelspruit
— 4 nights
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Barberton
— 1 night
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Pilgrim's Rest
— 2 nights
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Nelspruit

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Family-friendly places like Sudwala Caves and Elephant Whispers will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park), Hazyview (Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Katundo Leather Pty Ltd, &more) and Antiques & Artifacts (in White River). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip maker app.

Johannesburg to Nelspruit is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in August since evenings lows in Nelspruit dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Barberton.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Barberton

— 1 night
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 examine the collection at Barberton Museum, and then stroll through Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barberton trip planning website.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Barberton in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Pilgrim's Rest.

Things to do in Barberton

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Pilgrim's Rest

— 2 nights
Pilgrim’s Rest is a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa which is protected as a provincial heritage site. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and then explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pilgrims Rest, then explore and take pictures at Panorama Route, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pilgrim's Rest online travel route planner.

Getting from Barberton to Pilgrim's Rest by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Pilgrim's Rest can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pilgrim's Rest

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Mpumalanga travel guide

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National Parks · Nature & Parks · Geologic Formations
Hike through the world's third-highest canyon, and the only green one in the world; explore the world's oldest cave; and witness the diverse wildlife in the many reserves of Mpumalanga. This "place where the sun rises," as the name means in local tongues, features stunning mountain scenery, lush valleys, and charming towns with refreshingly cool weather. Mpumalanga's attractions draw crowds of visitors from far and wide: follow the trails of the 19th-century gold rush in old gold-seeker's towns, rappel down a waterfall, or just take a dip in the pools below after a hike through the rainforests.