Nelspruit at a glance
Nelspruit (now called Mbombela) is the gateway to the Kruger National Park. As the closest city to one of Africa's largest game reserves, it is a natural hub for the tourism industry. Over and above that, the climate in Nelspruit lends itself to growing citrus and tropical fruits, as well as pecan nuts and macadamia nuts.
The city, located on the banks of the Crocodile River, has become known as an industrial hotspot over and above the focus on tourism and agriculture. In addition, the area hosts a number of shows and exhibitions annually, including the Nelspruit Motor Show, the Mpumalanga Show and the well-loved Innibos Arts Festival.
A brief history of the area
Nelspruit gained its place on the map as a result of the need for a place to load and offload cargo on the railway line between Pretoria and Mozambique. While funds were raised for the completion of the railway, goods were transported to the interior from Nelspruit by oxwagon. Farming began in the area in 1890, when newcomer Hugh Lanion Hall established a citrus and fruit estate that, at the time, was one of the biggest in the country.
Nelspruit enjoys warm summers during which the area gets most of its rainfall. Temperatures in summer can easily reach the low 30s, with minimum temperatures falling to about 18°C. It is worth noting that temperatures in the Kruger National Park can get significantly hotter than this. During the dry winter months, temperatures in Nelspruit range between minimums of approximately 9°C or 10°C and maximums of about 25°C.
Schools in the area
Looking for an excellent school in and around Nelspruit? You will have no problem finding one that will help your little one achieve big things.
Primary schools in the area include Nelspruit Primary School, Carpe Diem Primary School, Laërskool Nelspruit and Laërskool Bergland, amongst others.
High schools in Nelspruit include Lowveld High School, Hoërskool Nelspruit, Hoërskool Bergvlam and Hoërskool Rob Ferreira, as well as various others. Independent schools in the area include Uplands, St Peter's School and Curro Nelspruit.
Healthcare in the area
Private hospitals in Nelspruit include Mediclinic Nelspruit and Busamed Lowveld Private Hospital.
There are plenty of doctors, dentists, optometrists and other medical professionals based in Nelspruit to take care of all residents' and visitors' medical needs.
Riverside Mall and i'langa Mall, with their wide range of shops, restaurants and services, have your needs covered if you are in or around Nelspruit.
Distance from closest airport
The distance from the centre of Nelspruit to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is approximately 26km, and this drive will take you just under half an hour.
Looking for a fun way to spend a day in and around Nelspruit? There are plenty of places to get outside and have a fabulous time.
1. Kruger National Park
If you want to experience Africa at it's wildest, Kruger National Park is the place to go. Visitors have the chance of spotting the big five, as well as of seeing an extremely wide range of other wild animals. The beautiful scenery, flora and fauna will not quickly be forgotten.
2. Sudwala Caves
Discover the amazing Sudwala Caves, which were formed about 240 million years ago. You can go on an underground adventure that takes you 2km into the caves, where you will be rewarded with the sight of amazing aragonite crystals in the crystal chamber.
3. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Be amazed at the sight of one of the largest canyons on earth! Blyde River Canyon is home to the famous viewpoint called God's Window, and the name goes a long way to describing the majesty that you will find here.
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