Mpumalanga is rich with culture and there is a lot of beautiful and interesting places to visit that are a bit different than the main attractions. Here are some of the attractions that are a bit off the beaten path


Dullstroom is one of the coldest towns in South Africa but is also known as one of the best flyfishing destinations in the country. This quaint little town is surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings with stunning views. Dullstroom is also rich in history and is also home to the Birds of Prey rehabilitation centre that focuses on rehabilitating local species. Dullstroom is a peaceful and laid back town located out, away from the hustle and bustle.

Sudwala Caves

The Sudwala Caves were said to be the oldest caves in the world and is said to be formed about 240 million years ago. These caves have had some interesting history as it was used as shelter during the prehistoric times, it was also the site of many bloody battles during the fight for the Swazi throne. You can explore the caves and experience the beauty the caves hide. You can also visit the Dinosaur Park as well as the amazing Butterfly Circle that houses hundreds of different butterfly species.

Pilgrims Rest

Pilgrims Rest, as well as Barberton, were precursors during the Transvaal Gold Rush and were instrumental in the discovery of gold in Johannesburg. You can visit Pilgrims Rest to relive the History of the Transvaal Gold Rush. The whole town has been declared a National Monument and a wonderful way to experience this historic town is to go on the Ghost Tour.

Shangana Cultural Village

At the Shangana Cultural Village, you can visit one of the traditional villages of the Shangaan people. At the village you can experience these people’s way of life and appreciate the beautiful and traditional hand crafted tools and their beautifully painted houses. You can also visit the Marula Market where local craftsmen trade and sell their hard made goods. One of the best times to visit the Shangaan Village is during the Evening Festival in the Chief’s Kraal where a variety of choirs, traditional dancers and actors tell the story of the Shangaan People.

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is a beautiful stretch of land stunning views and amazing natural sites to see. You can visit the breathtaking Gods window, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Mac-Mac Waterfalls if you want to experience untamed nature.