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Nelspruit Snapshot

Serving as the hub of the Lowveld, Nelspruit might be fairly large, yet it manages to retain an element of country charm that is helped along by a wider setting of mountains, lush vegetation and the sluggish Crocodile River.

The town has a distinct safari vibe about it, with a number of private reserves and the nearby Kruger Park using it as a springboard into their wilder hearts.

Well laid out and tidy, and the local attractions within easy reach, Nelspruit is a pleasant experience. As a fuel stop en route to Kruger - the Malelane gate is only 45-minutes drive away - and other game parks, the town has a good range of shops, restaurants, and even a few malls to satisfy the buying itch.

Stepping outside the town, there are picturesque drives, hikes, waterfalls and natural splendour. 

Things To Do

  • Pay a visit to the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, where the Crocodile and Nels River surges through a riparian forest. The Garden boasts over 600 indigenous plant species, timber walkways and a tropical rain forest.

  • Lying jsut out of town, Chimpanzee Eden is a rescue centre for primates run by the Jane Goodall Institute. Guided tours are offered, which will bring you in close contact with the chimps.

  • For shopping, Riverside Mall is a firm favourite, with a good range of outlets, restaurants and coffee shops.

  • Hiking trails are in no short supply. The nearby Kaapsehoop Escarpment Walk is a moderate trail weaving through unusual rock formations. The views into the Barberton Valley a 1000m below are breathtaking.

  • Cool off at Battery Creek Falls, a short drive from town. Fed by a waterfall above, the natural pools are deep enough for swimming.

  • Visit the Sudwala Caves, a spectacular deep cave system lying within the Drakensberg escarpment, and considered to be the oldest known caves in the world.
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