December is around the corner, and perhaps you are one of the lucky people planning to get away for a bit. After such a turbulent year, having the opportunity to treat yourself to some downtime is definitely something that you should grab with both hands.

One of the best ways to recover from a year that has without a doubt been one of the most intense and difficult ones in modern history is to get outdoors and take in the natural sights, sounds and smells that the world has to offer. Mpumalanga is one of the most beautiful places in South Africa, and our corner of the province, set deep in the heart of the Lowveld, is full of exciting places to see.

Guests visiting the province can look forward to days spent hiking, exploring historical landmarks and ancient towns, visiting waterfalls, and taking in all of the sites of the nature reserves.

Mbombela Lodge is a short drive from some of the most amazing places, and with our warm hospitality and exceptional accommodation, we are the perfect starting point from which to launch your holiday.


What can you do while on holiday in Mpumalanga?

It doesn’t matter where you want to go while on holiday, every destination has something fantastic to see and experience.

One of the best places to get started is the Barberton area. Barberton is well known for being an ancient gold mining town but it is so much more than that. The area has a rich and fascinating geological past that has caught the eye of geologists, archaeologists and those with an interest in such historical wonders. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountainland is one of the main attractions and can be explored via the geotrail that will take you to numerous look out points that showcase the best of the 3.5 billion year old rock structures.

Heading in the complete opposite direction, Pilgrim’s Rest is another pioneering town that is well worth the visit. When visiting the town, it is like taking a step back in time, as most of the buildings have been kept in pristine condition and now function as guesthouses, homes, and shops.

While in the Pilgrim’s Rest area, stopping off at Graskop is a must. This small town is a haven for peace and it is home to a number of truly beautiful attractions that will make the visit well worth it. The recently opened Graskop Gorge Lift is a

Other Notable Attractions

  • The Kruger National Park. Since it is a mere 45 or so minutes away, a day trip into the world’s oldest conservation effort, especially if you haven’t been there before is a must.
  • Adam’s Calendar. Up above Nelspruit lies the village of Kaapsehoop. Home to the wild horses, this place is also where you will see what is considered to be one of the oldest man-made structure on earth, known as Adam’s Calendar.
  • Okay, it’s not all that close to Nelspruit, but it is well-worth the visit. Chrissiesmeer is South Africa’s version of the Lake District.