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Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park

Category: Golf Holidays South Africa

Mpumalanga, which means "land of the rising sun" in the local SiSwati language, has it all - from the exhilarating wildlife of the Kruger National Park, to secluded mountain retreats, ancient ruined cities, wild water sports, and some of South Africa's most diverse and vibrant African cultures.

The province's year-round sunny weather, soaring peaks, steamy jungles and expansive waterways have also made it home to a bewildering array of adventure sports, from expeditions down the world's oldest caves, to taking flight at the continent's largest paragliding festival and many spectacular golf courses.

The Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is roughly the size of a small country, e.g. Portugal.

SAN Parks - Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. No other park can offer such an extensive safari experience.

Ecosystems within the Kruger Park are highly varied. Six rivers feed the park - an area that encompasses an astonishing 16 vegetation zones including 1980 plant species and 300 tree species.The dense Mopane woodland of the North changes to open savannah plains in the Central Region, speckled with Acacia and Marula Trees. The South is different again with its lush riverine vegetation amid granite boulders.

The diversity of its flora is matched by an equally dazzling variety of mammalian, avian, reptilian and amphibian species. 507 bird and 147 mammal species reside in Kruger, while recent surveys substantiate the presence of 7000 elephants, 2000 lions and 400 endangered wild dogs. These animals roam freely into the neighbouring reserves, such as the Sabi Sand and Timbavati reserves, and Thornybush in the Kruger Surrounds areas.

Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.


The province was formerly called the Eastern Transvaal region in the Transvaal Republic (and province). Mpumalanga is one of South Africa's top tourist destinations. Locals and foreign visitors are drawn by the the fauna and flora, beautiful scenery and the legend of the 1870s gold rush era in addition to a wealth of fascinating tribal legends.

The Lowveld and escarpment is one of the most picturesque regions in Africa. Majestic mountains, fertile valleys, countless rivers and waterfalls, panoramic passes and forests characterise this timeless landscape. Mpumalanga is also known as Big Five Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds.

Mpumalanga offers rewarding opportunities for the outdoors enthusiast: golf, hiking, trout fishing, bird-watching and horse-riding. Mountain streams and rivers crisscrossing the massive wilderness, which were once panned for gold have become the setting for lazy trout and fervent anglers.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Mpumalanga en route to the world renowned Kruger National Park. We can highly recommend a visit to the quaint town of Dullstroom and travel over the Long Tom Pass with its spectacular panoramic views to the charming forestry town of Sabie, before returning east to Hazyview.

This area is home to the Mac Mac Falls, The Bridal Veil, Horse Shoe Falls and many others cascades where you cool off in the crystal-clear pools. It is also well worth visiting the historic town of Pilgrim's Rest before continuing on to Burke's Luck and the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest in the world.

Mpumalanga Kruger Park Golf Holidays

A golf holiday in the Mpumalanga Province and the Kruger National Park is an awe-inspiring experience. There are so many world-class golf courses to choose from and it is hardly possible to play enough of these stunning courses during one single trip.

Nelspruit and it's surrounding area is home to fantastic courses such as Nelspruit Golf Club, White River and the Sabi River Golf Course. The region is home to South Africa's premier golf course - a Gary Player masterpiece located on the frontier of the Kruger National Park.

Leopard Creek is the famous Rupert family's pride and joy. The course is home to the annual Alfred Dunhill Open and has continually ranked as the number 1 golf course in South Africa (out of 500+) by the Golf Digest.

Come and enjoy an unforgettable golf safari in the Kruger National Park and enjoy some of the best private game lodges that Mpumalanga has to offer.

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Stay 3 nights at the luxurious Tinga Private Game Lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River, in the prime game-viewing area of the Kruger Park. The Sabie has the highest recorded density of leopards in Africa, and one of the highest predator densities. 5 star Tinga Lodge has an exclusive 5000-hectare concession within this area, where guests can view the wildlife on safaris or bush walks, whilst accompanied by SANParks-accredited guides. Play golf at Leopard Creek...
R 19 900 pps R 15 500 pps

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Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton's Tented Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early twentieth century, where grace and style were the epitome luxurious living.

Rediscover an era where the only thing more than the creatures, were the creature comforts. Historically themed along the lines of a big game hunter’s camp encompassing...

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Planned to be both a challenge for the best golfers and fun for the average player, this 18 hole golf course was meticulously laid out in 1995 by the owner of the premises, Johann Rupert and Gary Player.

Set in an exceptional location, innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure that the golf course is in harmony with the environment, while lakes and small streams have been diverted through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies.

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