5 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

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Pilgrim's Rest
— 2 nights
— 2 nights



Dullstroom, also known as Emnothweni is a small town in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, and along with Underberg, it is one of South Africa's premier flyfishing destinations. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tee off at Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate.

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Johannesburg to Dullstroom is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Dullstroom reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pilgrim's Rest.
Golf · Outdoors
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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. On the 18th (Wed), stop by Delgoa Arts & Crafts, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, then take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, and finally take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Panorama Route, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Long Tom Pass.

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Getting from Dullstroom to Pilgrim's Rest by car takes about 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dullstroom in December; daily highs in Pilgrim's Rest reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
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Nelspruit — 2 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.
On the 20th (Fri), hike along Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail and then explore the striking landscape of South African National Parks. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, sample the fine beverages at Rottcher Wineries, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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Traveling by car from Pilgrim's Rest to Nelspruit takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
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Mpumalanga travel guide

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.