South Africa is an extraordinarily beautiful country filled with some incredibly diverse mountains, forests and wild-life. Of our nine provinces, Mpumalanga is arguably the most breathtaking.
With attractions including the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi and the Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalnga's vast mountain ranges and lush scenery make for the perfect hiking location.
Here are three amazing hiking trails for you to consider during your visit to this magical province:
Located on a thousand hectare fenced nature and game conservancy at Five Assegais Country Estate, this trail starts at Aloe Kaya Camp descending the Bankspruit canyon to the foot of the ‘Uitkomste’ waterfall, the second highest in Mpumalanga. It then follows the spruit past pools and rapids and through the sandstone maze that is the Skurwerand.
Kruger Walking Safari
Conducted in the Greater Kruger National Park, this trail offers guests a wilderness walking safari in a “Big Five” game viewing area. 40 other mammal species and over 350 bird species can be found within the region of this trail. Of course being so close to wild animals built to kill can be a bit daunting, but there's always a professional, armed safari guide to lead the tour.
Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and is one of the country's most lucrative tourist attractions. So, it goes without saying, that a hike in this region is simply a must if you're visiting Mpumalanga. This trail can be tailored to guests requirement and can run from two to five days. The magnificent scenery is dominated by some sensational rock formations and indigenous riverine forests.