Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga and the largest town in the Lowveld. it is situated in the lush and fertile valley of the Crocodile River, just 330 kilometres east of Johannesburg.
The Malelane Gate of Kruger Park is situated about 60 kilometres away from Nelspruit, offering easy access to this world renowned wildlife sanctuary. Nelspruit is the gateway to the Mpumalanga province and all its scenic and wondrous attractions. Nelspruit is served by the new Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
The history of this fast growing metropolitan area dates back as far as 1892, when the construction of a station up at the Crocodile River valley attracted traders and farmers to the area. The station was built on a farm owned by the Nel family, and farmers and traders flocked there due to the natural richness of the soil, adequate for irrigation and a level valley floor.
Nelspruit is situated close to the Swaziland border and is a great stopover destination for people traveling to Swaziland from Johannesburg. Close by is the scenic splendours of the Sudwala Caves, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Blyde River Canyon and many other world renowned attractions.
Sudwala Caves is situated just 20 minutes outside of Nelspruit. This is a spectacular site, with many stone artefacts indicating that the caves were used as shelter and refuge since the beginning of time. In the early 1800's, the king of the Swazis, Sobhuza, found shelter in the caves as he was hiding from the militant Ndwandwe Zulu tribe and their leader Swide.
Another interesting site worth visiting is the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, situated in the west of the town on the banks of the Crocodile River. Right next door is a Crocodile farm.