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Tourist Attractions of Mpumalanga

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Tourist Attractions of South Africa

South Africa is a vast and extremely fascinating country that packs a powerful tourist punch. Few countries can match it for variety and diversity in attractions, activities and cultural groups. From art and history to food and wine, wildlife and nature, nightlife, shopping and even places of worship – there is so much on offer to attract, entice and entertain.

The Western Cape with its mountains and oceans offers scenery that has inspired thousands of descriptions. It has great beaches, World Heritage sites, romantic winelands and museums that celebrate a rich cultural heritage. You can’t talk about a trip to Cape Town without discussing the fabulous cuisine and shopping options that draw tourists time and time again.

Gauteng’s brash exterior belies its depth, uncovered at numerous cultural and historical attractions. Places like Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto feature alongside chi-chi restaurants, funky galleries, shopping malls and fascinating visits to the Cradle of Humankind, where all our stories began.

In Mpumalanga you’ll find a host of nature-related attractions, arts and crafts outlets, country towns, cultural villages and stupendous scenery along the well-known Panorama route. Of course one of the major attractions is the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Limpopo shares this wildlife sanctuary - the size of a small country - and has many of its own nature reserves. It also boasts the fascinating Mapungubwe, where once an ancient kingdom developed a field of influence that spread beyond the continent. Intriguing groups such as the Venda and the Balobedu still practise culturally-rich traditions in the far north of this region.

The North West is all about Sun City, and the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves, but don’t forget the mampoer farms and the idiosyncrasies of the Marico, the cultural mélange at Lesedi on the shores of the Hartebeespoort Dam or the little town of Taung where the famous skull of the same name was discovered. From the Margaret Roberts Herbal Farm (De Wildt) to Sol Plaaitje’s house in Mafikeng, there’s much to explore.

Immense skies and enormous spaces characterise the Northern Cape, along with attractions such as the Big Hole in Kimberley, the Loeriesfontein Windmill Museum and the myths and legends as taught by the ancient San. The Augrabies Falls National Park, the Ais/Ais Richtersveld National Park and the Riemvasmaak community all offer interesting experiences and insights.

KwaZulu-Natal has its own brand of uniqueness when it comes to tourist attractions. Here you can visit a Hare Krishna temple in Durban, pay your respects at the Battlefields in the Midlands, come face to face with Zulu culture and celebrate some of the finest beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. Sunny year-round, the province has great places to shop, eat, and discover.

The Eastern Cape is a place of rich heritage and struggle sites. Here historic monuments find their place alongside fun aquariums and beachside establishments. Malaria-free game sanctuaries and numerous nature reserves thrill adventure-seekers and nature-lovers.

Small towns and homegrown hospitality are the distinctive attributes of the Free State. Visit the Basotho Cultural Village on the way to the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, visit the Choet Visser Rugby Museum in Bloemfontein or the Fertility Caves (outside Clarens). Make your way to the fun galleries of Clarens, feast visually on the sandstone sights of Ficksburg and drink in the fascinating history of the provincial capital, Bloemfontein.

Wherever you go around the country, you’re bound to find a fun attraction, a moving museum, a great place to enjoy the local vibes. Enjoy surfing the Nightjar site for the best attractions on offer in each of the provinces.

Articles & Blogs

Heads & Tales from Lydenburg

Valda 3:49pm 24 Apr

Words and pics: Sue Adams

Place of the Long Grass - On the Great Escarpment of Mpumalanga, Lydenburg has a history and magic that pervades the town and its surroundings.

Imagine a young boy, Ludwig von Bezing, growing up exploring the secluded river valleys and kloofs of this mountainous region in Mpumalanga. One day in 1957, he finds strange pottery heads quite unlike anything he has seen before. Over the years he re-visits this site and adds seven of these heads and masks to his collection of curiosities.

Many years later he mentions these masks to...

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Ngwenya Glass

Nightjar Travel 10:30am 7 Feb

Ngwenya Glass

Close to Swaziland’s Ngwenya (crocodile) border post, a group of Swazi craftsmen and women are hard at work recycling glass into a range of fantastic forms. As a recent visit to the Ngwenya Glass workshop revealed, they’re very, very good at it. The showroom shimmers and sparkles with the astonishing range of glassware on display. From the fragile beauty of tall champagne flutes balanced on the thinnest of stems, to the glistening heaviness of elephants and hippos sculpted from glass, there are so many products of astonishing beauty that it’s hard to...

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Bushveld Oranges

Nightjar Travel 11:20am 19 Jul

Bushveld oranges – nothing quite like them.

Driving from Hoedspruit to Ohrigstad, it seems like every single resident of the province is on the roadside selling oranges, and after a few kilometres I noticed that these oranges were nearly the size of my head, so I pulled over to investigate further. Large they were indeed, and juicy, soft and sweet. What surprised me more was that the orange & curio stalls lined the road right through the pass that holds the Strydom tunnel – as a Western Caper I am used to the mountain passes being rather devoid of humanity! Needless to say I...

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A stranger's shoe

Erik Brits 1:24pm 18 Jul

The intimacy of strangers

I recently went on a South African road inspection. Ok, not exactly, but after driving from Cape Town through the Waterberg around Polokwane to Nelspruit and then back to Cape Town, it certainly felt like it! I've put up a few of the more interesting things I discovered on this trip in the blogs already, but given the nature of today's date, I thought I'd reflect on one of my more unusual experiences.

On the final leg of my journey, I decided to make a straight run from Hoedspruit to Joburg - I was tired of finding interesting things, and was looking...

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