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NelspruitSouth Africa

Search for South Africa’s big five game animals at one of the world’s most famous game reserves, then unwind in a beautiful botanical garden.  

Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga and the gateway to some of the province’s most popular attractions. Gaze in awe at natural wonders, go on a big game safari and relax by waterfalls surrounded by exotic vegetation.

Many visitors use Nelspruit as a stopover on their way to Kruger National Park, which is approximately 41 miles (66 kilometers) east of the city. There are many ways to experience the large game reserve, such as a 1-day guide tour, a 3-day safari and bush walks. Whichever tour you take, search for South Africa's big five game animals. They are the buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros.

If your Kruger visit has given you a desire to see more animals, stop by Chimp Eden, 9.3 miles (15 kilometers) outside Nelspruit. The sanctuary is operated by the Jane Goodall Institute and provides a refuge for chimpanzees that have been displaced from their homes.

Nelspruit is surrounded by some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery. Hike or mountain bike along routes that pass by rivers and dams and through ravines and mountains. Go tubing and whitewater rafting along the Sabie River. Take a guided tour of the Sudwala Caves, believed to be among the oldest caves in the world. The cavernous complex with its strange rock formations is cut deep into the Drakensberg escarpment.

Just north of Nelspruit, is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. After the sprawling grasslands and mountainous regions, the garden offers a more colorful and organized setting. Follow paths bordered by plants of vivid colors and walk above forested areas on a suspension bridge.

To enjoy the city’s social scene, watch a show at the Barnyard Theater then head into the center for the clubs and restaurants. If you are feeling lucky, play the slots and tables at Emnotweni Casino.

Reach Nelspruit by flying into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 17 miles (27.4 kilometers) northeast of the city and get around by rental car. With a subtropical climate of hot summers and warm winters, Nelspruit’s stunning natural features and game reserves can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Top hotels in Nelspruit

Nirvana Country House
Nirvana Country House
4 out of 5
R40 Barberton Road, Entrance 47, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
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Situated in a regional park, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Sonpark Centre and Nelspruit ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"We booked Nirvana Country House very last minute and ended up staying two nights, due to the incredibly warm welcome we received upon arrival, the great atmosphere at the property, great staff and splendid food! Great and stable connection for a remote workspace - too! 5/5 experience and we will ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Nirvana Country House
Nelspruit Lodge
Nelspruit Lodge
3 out of 5
3 Webb Street Sonheuwel, Nelspruit 1200, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
The price is £35 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Located in the heart of Nelspruit, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sonpark Centre, Nelspruit Crossing Mall and Mediclinic Nelspruit. Busamed Lowveld Private ...

4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay, only that the dstv was not working the whole of Saturday and Sunday."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Nelspruit Lodge
Chill Pepper Boutique Hotel
Chill Pepper Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
8 Ripple Crescent, Riverside Park, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
The price is £90 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan

Located in the heart of Nelspruit, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Riverside Mall and Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Nelspruit Market and Nelspruit Golf ...

4.4/5Excellent! (49 reviews)

"Amazing"…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2020

Chill Pepper Boutique Hotel
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Top Holiday Rentals in Nelspruit

Be Our Guest Self Catering Accomodation
Be Our Guest Self Catering Accomodation
3.5 out of 5
12A Bracelet Crescent, Sonheuwel 1, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
The price is £43 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan

Situated in Nelspruit, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Nelspruit Nature Reserve, Mediclinic Nelspruit and Sonpark Centre. Nelspruit Crossing ...

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Accommodation in Nelspruit, Self Catering Units, Furnished Flats to let
3.5 out of 5
16 Andries Pretorius St, Sunshine Self Catering, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Situated in Nelspruit, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Sonpark Centre and Busamed Lowveld Private Hospital. Nelspruit Crossing Mall and ...

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Apartments - Accommodation to let in Nelspruit South Africa
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16 Andries Pretorius street, Sonheuwel, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Situated in Nelspruit, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Sonpark Centre and Busamed Lowveld Private Hospital. Nelspruit Crossing Mall and ...

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