8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

8 days in Mpumalanga Itinerary

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


Nelspruit — 4 nights

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 Lowveld National Botanical Garden will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Hazyview (Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Katundo Leather Pty Ltd, &more), Antiques & Artifacts (in White River) and Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and browse the fresh offerings at Bagdad Farmers Market.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Nelspruit is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nelspruit, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barberton.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
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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.
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.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
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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.