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Nelspruit is in the north east of South Africa and is the capital city of Mpumalanga - arguably South Africa’s most beautiful and geographically diverse province. Branded as the ‘place where the sun rises’ Nelspruit is known for its sub-tropical climate, lush hills and valleys and for being the trading centre for citrus, tropical fruit and nut production. It is loved for being the gateway to the Kruger National Park and the place where exploration and adventure awaits its visitors.

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Nelspruit (Mbombela) is well-positioned between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border, and close to South Africa's famous Kruger National Park. Along with outdoor adrenaline-pumping activities, Nelspruit has several nature, wildlife and historical features that are great for day visits.

What to do in Nelspruit

Sudwala Caves

Sudwala Caves

Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world, resting in dolomite rocks – the second oldest known sedimentary rocks in the world. Aside from this intriguing history, the caves are beautiful and an unforgettable experience.

  • Lowveld Botanical Gardens

    Lowveld Botanical Gardens

    Lowveld Botanical Garden is one of the nine National Botanical Gardens in South Africa. The gardens are thought to be one of the primary reasons that visitors embark on a journey into Nelspruit, making it an essential trip!

  • Chimp Eden

    Chimp Eden

    The only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa, Chimp Eden is situated in the Umhloti Nature Reserve just outside of Nelspruit. Chimp Eden was created for chimpanzees rescued from being mistreated and is a true wholesome experience for any Nelspruit tourist.

Jan Braai Explores Nelspruit with Airlink

Jan Braai, the creator of the South African National Braai Day initiative, recently visited Nelspruit, located in the heart of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.