Nelspruit

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Search for South Africa’s big five game animals at one of the world’s most famous game reserves, then unwind in a beautiful botanical garden.

Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga and the gateway to some of the province’s most popular attractions. Gaze in awe at natural wonders, go on a big game safari and relax by waterfalls surrounded by exotic vegetation.

Many visitors use Nelspruit as a stopover on their way to Kruger National Park, which is approximately 41 miles (66 kilometers) east of the city. There are many ways to experience the large game reserve, such as a 1-day guide tour, a 3-day safari and bush walks. Whichever tour you take, search for South Africa's big five game animals. They are the buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros.

If your Kruger visit has given you a desire to see more animals, stop by Chimp Eden, 9.3 miles (15 kilometers) outside Nelspruit. The sanctuary is operated by the Jane Goodall Institute and provides a refuge for chimpanzees that have been displaced from their homes.

Nelspruit is surrounded by some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery. Hike or mountain bike along routes that pass by rivers and dams and through ravines and mountains. Go tubing and whitewater rafting along the Sabie River. Take a guided tour of the Sudwala Caves, believed to be among the oldest caves in the world. The cavernous complex with its strange rock formations is cut deep into the Drakensberg escarpment.

Just north of Nelspruit, is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. After the sprawling grasslands and mountainous regions, the garden offers a more colorful and organized setting. Follow paths bordered by plants of vivid colors and walk above forested areas on a suspension bridge.

To enjoy the city’s social scene, watch a show at the Barnyard Theater then head into the center for the clubs and restaurants. If you are feeling lucky, play the slots and tables at Emnotweni Casino.

Reach Nelspruit by flying into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 17 miles (27.4 kilometers) northeast of the city and get around by rental car. With a subtropical climate of hot summers and warm winters, Nelspruit’s stunning natural features and game reserves can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Mercure Nelspruit Hotel
Mercure Nelspruit Hotel
3 out of 5
Coner Of N4 and Graniet Street, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
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The price is AU$101 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
Located in the heart of Nelspruit, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ilanga Mall and Nelspruit Crossing Mall. Sonpark Centre and Busamed Lowveld ...
3.8/5 Good! (274 reviews)
"Good value for money and proximity to all facilities. However, the place needs an update. remove the carpet and replace sofas. The cleaners need more supervision."

Reviewed on 19 May 2021

Mercure Nelspruit Hotel
The Capital Mbombela
The Capital Mbombela
4 out of 5
Mbombela, Nelspruit, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
The price is AU$134 per night from 30 Nov. to 30 Nov.
Situated in Nelspruit, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nelspruit Crossing Mall and Sonpark Centre. Busamed Lowveld Private Hospital and Promenade ...
The Capital Mbombela
Ekhaya Nelspruit Guest House
Ekhaya Nelspruit Guest House
3 out of 5
Cnr Figtree & Tambotie street, West Acres, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
Situated in Nelspruit, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Sonpark Centre and Nelspruit Crossing Mall. Busamed Lowveld Private Hospital and Promenade ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
Great Stay
"Great stay and the staff was very helpful, only problem is I stay 1 night would have loved to stay longer"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2021

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Ekhaya Nelspruit Guest House
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AtNature Luxury Self Catering Cottages
AtNature Luxury Self Catering Cottages
3 out of 5
Plot C 20 E, Claremont, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
The price is AU$81 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
Situated near the airport, this cottage is within 12 mi (20 km) of Nelspruit Golf Club, Promenade Shopping Centre and Nelspruit Crossing Mall. Nelspruit Market ...
AtNature Luxury Self Catering Cottages
The Capital Mbombela
The Capital Mbombela
4 out of 5
Mbombela, Nelspruit, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
The price is AU$134 per night from 30 Nov. to 30 Nov.
Situated in Nelspruit, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nelspruit Crossing Mall and Sonpark Centre. Busamed Lowveld Private Hospital and Promenade ...
The Capital Mbombela
Rene's Beautiful Place
Rene's Beautiful Place
25 Challenger St, 16, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
The price is AU$197 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
Situated in Nelspruit, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Nelspruit Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of Nelspruit Market and Promenade Shopping ...
Rene's Beautiful Place
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