Mpumalanga (Zulu name for “the place where the sun rises”) is a province in the eastern South Africa, bordering the nation of Eswatini formerly Swaziland and Mozambique. It embraces the southern half of Kruger National Park, a huge nature reserve with abundant wildlife including big game. The province’s iconic Blyde River Canyon, among the world’s largest, is known as a green canyon because of its subtropical foliage.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is the first of South Africa’s parks containing significant numbers of all the big 5 game species. Many travelers choose to visit during the dry winter months (April – September), when animals are easier to spot, especially at waterholes. At this time of the year, days are warm and nights are cool, sometimes colder. November –February weather is hot and balmy, and rainfall is common. Migratory birds and windflowers are common during this period, but foliage is denser.
Formerly Mbombela, Nelspruit, is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It’s a gateway to Kruger National Park, home to Elephants, Zebra, Rhino and other wildlife. The City’s lowveld National Botanical Garden features a man – made rainforest. Northwest are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with unusual rock formations. South Umhloti Nature Reserve contains the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden Sanctuary
Graskop is a small town in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It was set up in the 1880s as a gold mining camp but it now serves as a tourist destination and the timber industry. The name is Afrikaans for grassy hillock, “God’s Window”, a scenic view from the escarpment of the Lowveld below, located outside the town. Graskop is 14 Kms south east of Pilgrim’s Rest and 28 kms north of Sabie. It was laid out between 1880 and 1890 on a farm belonging to Abel Erasmus, native commissioner of the Transvaal Republic. Named after a grassy hillock. Originally it was a mining camp. It is the best place to view the “Edge of the Lowveld”, with a sudden drop of 700 meters.
There are a number of reasons that one would want to venture to Graskop, Mpumalanga. However, it probably is the splendor of God’s Window that drives most people to the area. The spot is located on the Panorama Route and it offers quite the panoramic view of the Blyde River Canyon. One can stand on top of the Drakenberg Escarpment and look down over the cliffs that plunge almost a kilometer down to the Lowveld.