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  • Thank you more particularly for arranging my trip to nDzuti, at such short notice and against all the odds of stolen passport and therefore also no currency exchange! I did so appreciate the utter trust you placed in me when you paid for the entire trip yourself! I hope you did not have a sleepless night! In recommending nDzuti I think you interpreted my wishes exactly! The style of the place suited me perfectly and it was the most marvellous experience. The facilities, as you will have found, were fairly basic but quite adequate for a comfortable stay. Brett and Sherie were welcoming and hospitable. Sherie supplied plenty of nourishing food for breakfast, lunch and supper in a friendly, homely fashion. Brett was a great guide on our safari drives. The lodge was full for the first night, including a lively and talkative family group, but when they departed midday on Monday it was then calm and peaceful, with just a young couple and myself, and it was a real joy to be in the midst of the vastness of the bush with no other people within sight or sound! The wildlife, apart from fairly ubiquitous impala, was somewhat scarce (not that I have any measure of experience to go by!) but I liked the feeling that there was no guarantee of seeing game that was free to roam far and wide. Sometimes fleeting glimpses were all the more exciting for being so brief! We did get very good viewings as well! On the first evening we saw quite a wide range of wildlife, including a close-up of a very large rhino who was not in any hurry! On the way home in the dark we came across a lioness with two 6 week old cubs (what a great guide we had!). I was amazed how unperturbed she was by our presence and was moving in a very leisurely way, so we had extremely good viewing. Brett found them again the following evening, just as relaxed, with the cubs playing within yards of the landrover - fantastic! Talking of lions, that same evening, as we relaxed after supper, Brett heard a couple of lions roaring some distance away and said "Let's go and find them!" - so he did, and in the spotlight we saw two fine males unhurriedly patrolling their territory. Again they were totally unfazed by our presence, stopping for a scratch and a lie down. While the lights were turned off to conserve batteries, a roar from a far distant lion prompted a response from our two, and their roaring just a few yards from us in the darkness was a spine-tingling experience! We spent some time tracking a leopard which was stalking impala and which Brett was determined to find, but we had to be content with leopard tracks! Elephant were unusually elusive and it was only on the final morning that Brett located a fine 25 year old male after hearing a solitary trumpet from across the river, so I did see all the big five except the leopard. Together with sightings of many other mammals, birds and reptiles as well as the bush, the scenery and stunning panoramic views it was a wonderful and memorable safari trip! Some people might want slightly more sophisticated accommodation and cuisine but the style of nDzuti in the hands of Brett and Sherie suited me very well. With many thanks for your excellent arrangements of my safari trip, best wishes, Gervase.
    - Gervase .UK
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Destination Guide

Mpumalanga

Overview

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga Province. South Africa.

·         Southern Kruger National Park.
·         Sabi Sand and other famous private parks.
·         The Highveld trout fishing areas.
·         The gateway to Mozambique.
·         The Blyde River Canyon.

This province is in the east of South Africa up against the Mozambique border and hugging the sovereign state of Swaziland. Mpumalanga translates into “Place of the Rising Sun” and this province includes the southern half of Kruger National Park. The Drakensburg Mountains  (mountains of  Dragons) divide the province into an East and West half. The western half is at a higher altitude and known as the Highveld. Portions of Mpumalanga Highveld are very scenic and the mountainous sections have a thriving trout fishing industry.
The eastern section of Mpumalanga is at a low altitude and referred to as the Lowveld. The Lowveld is flat with rocky outcrops and bordered by the legendary Lebombo Mountains in the far east on the border with Mozambique. The border post between South Africa and Mozambique is currently being upgraded and streamlined and the capital of Mozambique; Maputo and the Indian Ocean is only an hour and half away on highway.
The Lowveld has a subtropical climate with humid and hot in summer with mild frost free winters.  Warm weather crops and fruit like mangoes, bananas, avocados and tobacco are grown in this area. The Highveld is much colder and at high altitudes winters can be chilly with severe frosts.
 Close to Mombela (formerly Nelspruit), lies the town of Barberton which has an interesting geology and some of the oldest rocks on earth. Here visitors can go down a mine and pan for gold in one of the numerous creeks. Evidence of the San people is common in the mountains and the recent history of the gold rush make Barberton fascinating. Mpumalanga is well known for being the home to the BIG 5. Some of the original and now famous private reserves and game lodges are found in this province.
Another major attraction is the Blyde River Canyon the third largest canyon worldwide and the certainly one of the few green canyons. The Blyde River Canyon is a favourite hiking location with the Highveld section boasting beautiful views of the Lowveld below, then the low altitudes following the path of the river and lush indigenous forests mingled with baobabs and a variety of wildlife.
 
The capital of Mpumalanga is Mombela, one of the fastest growing cities in South Africa and this is largely due to the Maputo Corridor-a system of road, rail, border posts, port and terminal facilities, the corridor runs through the most highly industrialised and productive regions of Southern Africa, and connects Africa's most powerful economy with one of its poorest.  Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is close to Mombela and the area is well serviced by coaches and shuttles between major cities. 

Tours featuring Mpumalanga

Kruger and Canyon Tour

Kruger and Canyon Tour

Destinations:
Big 5, Blyde Canyon and flight over the reserve
Trip Duration: 2 night/ 3 days
Max. guests: Min 2
Two nights in the bush with evening and morning game drives in open safari vehicles, a microlight flight over the reserve and a exclusive boat cruise in the canyon with lunch and drinks served.
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