8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + 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.
Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Hazyview (Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Katundo Leather Shop, &more), Antiques & Artifacts (in White River) and Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit route website.

Johannesburg to Nelspruit is an approximately 3- hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Nelspruit is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can 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 examine the collection at Barberton Museum, and then stroll through Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, 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 Outdoors
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Barberton Museum ©
Barberton Museum
Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail ©
Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail
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. 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 find other places to visit, more things to do, 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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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