The World-Class Province of Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga is another province of South Africa known to be a world-class destination, especially of tourists. The province was soon discovered in the late 1870 when the golden age of gold mining is still in place. The interests of people were captured by the existing flora and fauna in the region. Today, only a few places all over the globe can compete with the overwhelming beauty of Mpumalanga together with all natural reserves situated within the province.
The name Mpumalanga literally means “east”. It implies the direction where the sun rises. In other words, this province signifies the location where sunrise is extremely magnificent. The province occupies not more than 7% of South Africa’s total land area. With the location of the province in the east, Kwazulu-Natal can be accessed through the Southern border while Gauteng to its west, Limpopo to the north, and the Free State to the Southern West. All these provinces are easily accessible from people who settle in Mpumalanga.
The Western portion of the province consists of grasslands at higher altitude, locally termed as the Highveld. On the contrary, the eastern side of the province consists of grasslands at lower altitude, called as Lowveld or Bushveld – typically filled with Savanna settlements. The Lowveld area of Mpumalanga includes the Southern area of the world-class Kruger National Park. The mountainous part of the province lies at the center while the low-range Lebombo Mountains can be found at the eastern border of Mpumalanga and Mozambique.
The Southern East side of the province, people will be able to access the Crocodile River Mountains where the oldest rocks of the planet can be found – scattered around the area of Barberton. There are artifacts and rocks aging from two billion years that were still preserved within this region. Aside from this, the province of Mpumalanga is the only South African province which borders two Mozambique’s provinces.
The province is not only recognized as world-class standard; rather, Mpumalanga is also recognized as the living paradise in South Africa. The entire province offers exclusive opportunities that people can take advantage of in order to enjoy natural activities such as hiking, bird-watching, fishing, and horse-riding. The streams in the province once used to pan gold after mining are now inhabited by trout and anglers. The road to the Kruger National Park offers an exclusive opportunity to witness a stunning picturesque of Lone Creek Falls and the Sabie Town – a town filled with natural forestry capable of charming any passerby.
Photographers will love to take some images of the three Rondavels in Graskop, specifically, at the north end of Drakensberg Range. The three Rondavels stand on one of the River Blyde Canyon’s ends. These three huge natural structures are one of the most famous photographic objects across the globe.
Beyond the town of Sabie, the infamous Mac Mac Falls will awe people. It is indeed a sight worth to see. In fact, people may opt to plunge and swim in one of the clear pools. A detour from the falls will lead to the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest – a place that every tourist must never miss. Visiting this town is worth it, especially, if the destination is towards the Nature Reserve of Blyderivierspoort where people can enjoy the Canyon of Blyde River filled with numerous species of birds. The so-called “God’s Window” is accessible via the Southern edge of the Nature Reserve of Blyderivierspoort where anyone will love the scenery of Lowveld region together with the infinite horizon.
People residing within the province of Mpumalanga enjoy two different climates brought about by its unique geographical structure. The Bushveld region experiences a subtropical climate due to its altitude parallel to that of the Indian Ocean. On the other hand, the Highveld region experiences cooler climate because of its altitude of 1,700 meters up to 2,300 meters above the ocean level. The Escarpment of Drakensberg enjoys more of the precipitation compared to any other region within the province while moderate thunderstorm can also be experienced in the Escarpment during the summer season.
Due to the different geography and climate in the Highveld and Bushveld regions, different agricultural products were being provided by the entire province – having mutton, beef, poultry, dairy, and wool as the their primary products in agriculture.
When it comes to mining, the operations continue to expand and numerous mineral were discovered including gold, silica, platinum, cobalt, copper, antimony, and many more. It was in the year 1883 when gold minerals were first discovered within the province of Mpumalanga.
Aside from these two, tourism is another primary economic industry of the province. With the 20,000 sq. km. land of the Kruger National Park, it is not doubt that the province of Mpumalanga can be recognized as a world-class tourist’s destination.