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region which lies to the west and south of Kruger National Park in the Northeast of South Africa.

sweeps up a number of disparate areas ranged above and below the Mpumulanga Drakensburg Escarpment to the west of Kruger.

A visit to the reserve is therefore often combined with a stay in one or more of these fringing areas, with time spent on scenic drives, exploring historic gold mining towns and taking in a whole range of outdoor activities from hiking to white-water rafting.

Hazyview ... is the most commonly visited area by a distance and includes by far the best range of accommodations, which are generally concentrated in the beautiful subtropical farmlands and mountain forests of the area.

Blyde Canyon Upper ... is a scenic area to top of the main escarpment, one which contains some very famous view points, but very little in the way of accommodation, it is most usually visited from bases elsewhere.

Nelspruit ... is the main town in the area and location of the main airport servicing the region, so lots of our guests pass through here on the way to and from safari in Kruger, but very rarely have cause to overnight.

White River ... is a rather nondescript farming settlement north of Nelspruit, but which contains at least one decent accommodation option which we sometimes use for guests needing to overnight in the area when flying between the Victoria Falls and the Mozambique coast.

Barberton ... is a famous old gold-mining town which lies further to the south and is most commonly visited by self-drivers heading on south through Swaziland and on towards Natal.

Letaba ... is a quiet and beautiful mountain country of which lies above the escarpment to the north, an interesting option for a relaxing stopover either side of a longer self-drive safari.

Blyde Canyon Lower ... is an area of outstanding natural beauty which lies at the base of the escarpment and offers activities including hiking and ballooning. It is a natural stopping-off place for self-drivers heading for safari into the central part of Kruger National Park.

Hoedspruit ... is a rather modest town which lies on the Lowveld, surrounded by private wildlife reserves. Many of our guests pass through the domestic airport when heading out on safari in the immediate area.

Phalaborwa ... is another even less interesting town which lies a little further north on the Lowveld and is famous for its large open-cast mines. There are accommodation options here, but they are of very peripheral interest to the majority of our guests.
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