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Things to do in and around Nelspruit

Go on a walk, through the famous Botanical Garden with its magnificent collection of cycads and have a picnic with the sound of the Cascades waterfall in your ears . 


Visit the Sudwala caves just outside Nelspruit and the Dinosaur park next door or browse in the cultural village Sudwala Lodge.Tribal dancing for groups larger than 20 are presented. 


20km from Nelspruit Airfield lies the historic town of Kaapsehoop. At the nearby Coetzeestroom is one of the largest solid gold nuggets ever found : the Peacock 's Nugget about 5kg ! On foggy mornings the pack of wild horses come walking through the town streets. In town there are artists glass and pottery making and selling. Come and enjoy a cup of hot coffee and bring your binoculars for Kaapsehoop's rare Blue Swallow ( Hirundu atrocaerulea ) . 


Annually to the Innibos Festival ! ( End of June begin July).

Go for a weekend to the famous Kruger Park. 


Several hiking trails with beautiful landscapes and views over the Lowveld. 

Visit all the beautiful waterfalls and the Blyde Canyon on the Panorama route through Graskop , Pilgrim's Rest , Sabie and Hoedspruit. 

The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport ( KMIA ) is the only airport worldwide that can boast thatched buildings designers! A first for Nelspruit! 

The Casino by the Mall is a popular spot for night owls. 

Hall's Gateway to the Lowveld is located at the entrance to Nelspruit offering trinkets for the connoisseur, ranging from fresh fruit, dried fruit, juices and curios .

 And there is many more...


Something about Nelspruit


Although a village in 1884 , with the construction of the Eastern Railway , it is only really proclaimed as a town on January 27, 1905 . The town is named after the three Nel brothers, Louis and Gert Andries with sheep farming. The first building was the former Fig Tree hotel with a few shops, a church, the police station and of course the station. The farm which originally arose Nelspruit, was hired by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of the famous book Jock of the Bushveld. The village was established and developed at the beginning of the construction of the railway line from Nelspruit to Graskop via Rosehaugh, Sabie and Mac Mac. In 1922 Nelspruit obtained town status and in 1940 it became a municipal area. After the 2nd World War, Nelspruit almost went bankrupt but after 1965 the town again grew in the sugar mills in the Malelane area on shot as well as the creation of Sappi paper mill Ngodwana. 


Nelspruit "Capital of Mpumalanga "! Through the last century, has developed into one of South Africa's fastest growing cities and offers not only excellent service to its residents, but also visitors from neighboring countries that contribute a great deal in the local economy. 


Nelspruit boasts since last year with its own festival - Innibos! a Great annual magnet for visitors and exhibitors , especially since it is during the winter months and Nelspruit is known for its great winter climate. The festival takes place annually during the last weekend of June.


Nelspruit boasts beautiful gardens because of the wonderful sub - tropical climate, high humidity and above average rainfall throughout the year . 


High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

 Sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

 Of sun-split clouds – and done a thousand things

 You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

 High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,

 I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung

 My eager craft through footless halls of air,

 Up, up the long delirious burning blue

 I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

 Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;

 And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

 The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

 Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

- John Magee -