Your guide to everything from budget to exclusive activities and attractions in the Lowveld region. So whether sightseeing or having fun with the family, you’ll find all the need to see and places to be in the Lowveld area.
All attractions you find on this page is also on the map below. Click the top-left corner to see a complete list.
From fine-dining to casual cuisine, we have it all!
Whether you are in the mood for a plate with a view, fancy finger food or something out of the ordinary, the Lowveld has an amazing selection of restaurants to cater for every taste.
You can literally enjoy a pub lunch, seafood, Indian cuisine, Mexican, Mediterranean, Greek, Asian or the best burgers all in one afternoon.
Apart from great food the Lowveld is also home to several breweries and distilleries as well as plenty of pubs and craft beer outlets so there is no reason you ever have to go thirsty in the heat.
The Lowveld is high on attractions
The Lowveld of Mpumalanga is the ideal place for a short holiday, but make sure your stay is not too short, since the area offers a myriad of attractions and activities to keep a family busy for days.
Energy to explore and enjoy shouldn’t be a problem with numerous gourmet restaurants offering cuisine of all kinds: Traditional, cosmopolitan, authentic and ordinary culinary delights. Even on the go, several popular franchises will provide that much needed quick meal during your rush to the next adventure.
Talking about adventure, whether you like action to the likes of skydiving, a toboggan or skyway trail, ice skating, rubbing shoulders with elephants, sliding down water canals or watching rugby or soccer with fans, the Lowveld caters for your choice. Four by four enthusiasts can explore the mountains and valleys by means of several routes and trails while others may prefer to do it on foot or on horseback.
If you prefer to take things a bit slower, the area offers plenty natural attractions like the Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon in the world and several waterfalls like the Horseshoe, Lone Creek, Mac-Mac, Lisbon and Berlin Falls. You can experience heaven on earth by peeping through God’s Window where no frame or glass mars the magnificent view or go deep into the earth at the Sudawala Caves, regarded as the oldest caves in the world.
The Genesis Route (on the Makhonjwa Mountains south of Barberton) features some of the oldest volcanic pieces on earth while the Bourkes’s Luck potholes will leave you in awe about the force of swirling water that carved out the rock formations that meet at the Treur and Blyde Rivers.
The Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa is not only home to the Big Five (animals) and Big Six (birds), but also to many small but interesting plants and creatures.
The park is not the only place which can satisfy the nature lover’s need for solace: There are also the Blue Swallows near Kaapsehoop, the chimps at Chimp Eden or the rescued birds of prey near Dullstroom. Although the dinosaur replicas at Sudwala would not fit into this category, they are also worth a visit and the Lowveld National Botanical Garden is just the place to have a final stroll and refreshment before hitting the road back to the city again.
That is, if you have already popped into the motor museum at Casterbridge, the White River Gallery and the museum in Barberton…
The glass elevator will offers a 360-degree view of the gorge, waterfall, trees, birds and sky.
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The Great Indoors
In the Lowveld we love to be outdoors as much as possible, but when it is simply not possible, there is no shortage of indoor activities to keep young and old occupied.
You can take a bet on lady luck, enjoy the latest movies, go to the arcade or visit the shooting range. Staying busy without taking on the hot sun is a popular option for locals and visitors alike.
Take the 360 tour
Let the kids have the time of their life at the new I’langa Mall entertainment section which boasts, among other attractions, an ice rink, arcade, bumper cars, trampoline park and more.
To view all that there is to offer you can now enjoy a 360′ virtual tour below:
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Lowveld National Botanical Garden was established in 1969 after the Nelspruit Municipality decided to embark on a journey to promote the area’s tourism, education and conservation.
The Garden was officially opened by the Administrator of the Transvaal on 10 September 1971. A portion of the 165 ha it occupies was donated by the local municipality and the rest by the Board of HL Hall & Sons.
Of the 165 ha, only 30 ha is cultivated or landscaped, while the remainder is natural or low maintenance areas.
You can take a stroll through the garden from the convenience of your computer or smartphone by sing the virtual tour below: