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Formally known as Eastern Transvaal, Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse places in South Africa. Mpumalanga means "Place of the Rising Sun" and is the name given to the "new province" in the far East of South Africa in 1994 with the dawn of the new South Africa.
Mpumalanga has three distinct geographical features. The "Highveld" is set high in altitude with an average of 1800m above sea level. The low lying "Lowveld" in the east borders Mozambique and has an average altitude of only 400 m above sea level.
In between is the Escarpment which is also called Panorama or the Drakensberg Escarpment, but must not be confused with the Drakensberg area in KwaZulu Natal. In some places this escarpment plunges hundreds of metres down and offers stunning mountain passes, thundering waterfalls, enchanting forests and crystal clear streams.
For many the Mpumalanga Highlands is the "Gateway to the Lowveld", a place to pass en route to the Kruger Park, however, this area it is unlike any other as it is a region of waving grasses that go on for as far as they eye can see and a host of incredible sites and wonderful attractions await. It is a region perfectly designed for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, with the space and tranquillity for those looking for quiet and solitude alongside a whole host of exhilarating activities for those wanting fun and excitement.