When most people think of South Africa, one of the first things they mention is Kruger National Park. The world renowned National Park is home to the “Big Five” and an immense variety of wildlife, from mammals, invertebrates, vegetation and birdlife. The 19,623 km2 park itself stretches over two of South Africa’s provinces, namely Mpumalanga and Limpopo and became SA’s first National Park in 1926.
The park forms part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region and is part of the Man and the Biosphere (MaB) Programme of UNESCO.
There are also quite a few private game reserves that border Kruger Park and offer more tailored Safari packages.
Mpumalanga is known for its diverse flora and fauna and for amazing natural beauty. Popular attractions include Sudwala Caves and Blyde River Canyon which includes Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and The Three Rondavels.
Mbombela (also known as Nelspruit) is the main city in Mpumalanga and lies on the Crocodile River. The city’s Nelspruit Airport acts as a major gateway for those flying in to visit Kruger National Park.
Across the province are a few interesting towns, such as Belfast – a small town renowned for its excellent trout fishing conditions. Pilgrim’s Rest is a small museum town that was the second of the Transvaal gold fields that attracted a rush of prospectors in 1873. Mining in the town shut down in 1971 and the town now acts as a museum showcasing its gold mining past. The town is a living museum with most of the original architecture largely unchanged since its mining era days.
Popular areas for Non Residents purchasing property: Outskirts of Kruger Park in private game reserves.