Nelspruit, South Africa
Famously known as the gateway to Kruger National Park, Nelspruit lies in the fertile valley of Crocodile River, 330 km (210 miles) east of Johannesburg in northeastern South Africa. Nelspruit boasts the Nelspruit Nature Reserve, with its rare collection of indigenous vegetation, and the Sudwala Caves, the oldest caves on earth. Nelspruit was renamed Mbombela by the South African government in 2009, although the city is still referred to as Nelspruit.
- Croc River Enviro Park
- Nelspruit Lowveld National Botanical Garden
- Barberton Museum and Heritage Walk
- Witness the wide variety of birds and enjoy the indigenous flora and fauna of the Green Heritage Hiking Trail in Nelspruit
- Wander amongst statues of long-named carnivores while subtropical birds tweet overhead at The Dinosaur Park
- Visit the tranquil Chimpanzee Eden, the only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa
Nelspruit summers (November to February) are warm at 25ºC-35ºC (77ºF-95ºF); winters (May to August) are mild at 11ºC-23ºC (52ºF-73ºF). Average yearly precipitation is 667 mm (26 inches). Winter is the best time to visit this lovely destination.
Getting There & Around
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is the nearest airport to Nelspruit. Taxis are available to take visitors to their destinations.
Getting around the bougainvillea-lined modern streets of Nelspruit is best by hiring a car or taxi to get a fantastic view its meandering mountain passes. Visitors may also opt to walk along the streets of Nelspruit.
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