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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

 

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.

Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks - Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

 

Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

 

Wild Dog at Kruger National Park

 

CHIMP EDEN - JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE

Set on a 1000 hectare game reserve, JGI Chimp Eden is a home to chimpanzees that have been misplaced from their natural habitat.

The world renowned Jane Goodall Institute has made this tranquil venue their South African sanctuary and has committed itself to the rescue and care take of chimpanzees in need of refuge.

 

Being the 1st and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa, this venue will be able to bring the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education, tourism and modern technology.

 

Entering the reserve, a mere 15 km from the bustling city of Nelspruit, visitors can expect to be captivated by the beautiful bush surroundings with most of the natural game species roaming the reserve.

KAAPSEHOOP

 

Kaapsehoop originally gained fame as a gold mining town once known as the Duiwels Kantoor – the Devil's Office – towards the end of the 19th century, when gold was discovered in 1882 in a small creek running through the town.

The town has become a popular weekend retreat with its period housing including accommodation establishments

 

Kaapsehoop is a haven for birds including breeding pairs of the endangered Blue Swallow.

The wild horses of Kaapsehoop roam freely.

 

The town has also become a haven for artistic development

THE LOWVELD BOTANICAL GARDEN

 

The Lowveld Botanical Garden in Nelspruit is shaped by the two main rivers that cut across it, namely the Crocodile River and the Nels River. Before these two rivers converge in the Garden, they form spectacular waterfalls which can be viewed at the Cascades and the Nels viewpoints.

 

When in bloom the clivias at the Garden's main entrance are a beautiful and welcoming sight. Walking through the enchanting African Rain Forest enables one to cross the Crocodile River across the famous suspended bridge, where the cascading waterfall can also be viewed.

SUDWALA CAVES

 

These incredible caverns lie in the Drakensberg escarpment Besides the awesome rock displays the caverns also boast an array of calcium formations, aged but active, anciently and patiently still growing.

 

The Caves are open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The standard tour lasts about an hour. Visitors are invited to check on arrival with the booking office just inside the entrance, to find out when the next tour is set to begin. The maximum wait for a tour is 15 minutes, and sometimes there is no wait at all.

 

THREE RONDAWELS

 

The ‘Three Rondawels' (also called 'Three Sisters’) are three huge spirals of dolomite rock rising out of the Blyde River canyon.

These three geological formations were also once known as 'The Chief and his Three Wives'.

 

The flat-topped peak was named Mapjaneng ('the chief') after a legendary Bapedi chief, Maripi Mashile, who defeated invading Swazis in a great battle near here. The three peaks are named after his three wives (from left to right) – Magabolie, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto.

 

MAC MAC FALLS

 

The 65 m high Mac Mac Falls in the Mac Mac River is a declared National Monument.

This waterfall was originally a single stream, but gold miners blasted it with dynamite to divert the river in an attempt to work the rich gold-bearing reef over which it plunges.

 

Swimming in the deep pool at the base of the tumbling water is not allowed, but there’s a great spot for swimming and cooling off about 2km before you get to the falls. These are the Mac Mac Pools, where for a small fee you can also use the braai area and picnic site.

 

HISTORIC PILGRIMS REST

 

The history of this small delightful village dates back to 1873 when a miner, Alex Patterson, discovered alluvial gold on the farm named Ponieskrantz.

The diggers called it Pilgrim's Rest because here, at last, after so many false trails and faded dreams they had truly found their home.

 

The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 in order to commemorate the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s.

 

BURKE'S LUCK POTHOLES

 

The Bourke's Luck Potholes occur at the confluence of the Treur and the Blyde rivers, about 35km north of Graskop.

 

The Burke's Luck Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby.  Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.

 

This beautiful, natural water feature, formed over thousands of years by water erosion, marks the beginning of the stunning Blyde River Canyon – one of the largest canyons in the world and said to be the world's largest 'green canyon'.

 

GOD'S WINDOW

 

With magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, God's Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour. Gods Window is so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld

 

At God’s Window on a clear day, you'll be able to see over the famous Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa’s border Mozambique.

Chimp Eden is a home to chimpanzees that have been misplaced from their natural habitat.

 

The wild horses of Kaapsehoop in Mpumalanga

 

The Lowveld Botanical Garden in Nelspruit

 

The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world.

 

The ‘Three Rondawels' (also called 'Three Sisters’)

 

Mac Mac Falls

 

The Royal Hotel in Pilgrim's Rest

 

Bourke's Luck Potholes

 

God's Window i

 

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