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is the area which lies to the west and south of Kruger National Park
in the Northeast
of South Africa
The Kruger wildlife reserves lie down on the subtropical Lowveld, but most of this area is at much higher altitudes, crowned by the ridge of the Mpumalanga Drakensburg, whose spine runs north to south. Up in these mountains the climate is much more temperate and there is some spectacular scenery.
A visit to Kruger
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.