Incredible natural landscapes and fascinating wildlife. That and more is what surrounds Nelspruit (or Mbombela, Nelspruit’s current name). Experience some of Africa’s most famous treasures. Indulge in a vibrant shopping scene. And immerse yourself in the local’s passion for exciting sports events. There are many great things to do in Nelspruit. Fortunately, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10!
1. Kruger National Park
Nelspruit is less than an hour’s drive from Kruger National Park’s Malelane Gate. The park, South Africa’s largest, offers you an incredible diversity. There are magnificent landscapes, fascinating wildlife, as well as archaeological and historical sites. The park offers you many awesome things to do in Nelspruit that there’s not enough space to include it all! Explore the wilderness by 4×4 trails. Enjoy exhilarating experiences with bungee jumping and river rafting! See the wildlife with game-viewing drives and birding. You can even enjoy a round of golf! Always book in advance to secure a reservation.
|Phone:||+ 27 12 428 9111 / + 27 82 233 9111|
|Office Hours:||Monday to Friday, 07:30 – 17:00
Saturdays, 08:00 – 15:00
|Location:||Malelane Gate, Skukuza Road, Malelane|
|Entry cost:||R93 per adults, R47 per child|
2. Sudwala Caves
Explore the incredible caves of Sudwala, which formed around 240 million years ago. The caves have Precambrian dolomite rock, which is around 2800 million years old! You can enjoy guided tours through the many caverns of the Sudwala Caves. Visitors over the age of 14 years old and fall into a certain height and weight restriction can enjoy an activity made just for them. Discover glittery aragonite crystals by taking the Crystal Tour. Exploring the caves is only one of the superb things to do in Nelspruit that Sudwala Caves offer! You can also enjoy concerts in the amazingly appropriate amphitheatre. Those looking for a relaxing experience can enjoy special treatments at the Fish Spa!
|Phone:||+27 83 446 0228 / +27 72 497 8268|
|Office Hours:||08:30 – 16:30|
|Entry cost:||R100 per adult
R55 per child
R80 per pensioner
3. Lowveld National Botanical Garden
While you’re in Nelspruit, check out one of South Africa’s many beautiful national botanical gardens. The Lowveld National Botanical Garden sits just outside the city. It’s one of the top things to do in Nelspruit. Treat your eyes to gorgeous waterfall scenery, more than 600 naturally occurring plant species, and 2000 new additions. The national botanical garden also hosts many exciting events throughout the year for you to enjoy.
|Phone:||+27 13 752 5531|
|Office Hours:||Sep-Mar, 08:00 – 18:00
Apr-Aug, 08:00 – 17:00
|Entry cost:||R35 per adult
R15 per scholar
R20 per student (student required)
R35 per senior citizen (free on Tuesdays, ID required)
4. Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary
Animal lovers will love this 1000-hectare game reserve and animal sanctuary near Barberton. Fall in love with the rescued chimpanzees. Visit the sanctuary and you may end up committing yourself to the Jane Goodall cause: the saving of chimpanzees from the bushmeat trade. Enjoy the guided tours that take place three times a day. Learn more about the chimpanzees, their stories and the sanctuary. Each tour takes about an hour. After the tour, enjoy a meal and refreshments at their local restaurant. Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and discover one of the many top things to do in Nelspruit.
|Phone:||+27 79 777 1514|
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|Location:||47 R40, Nelspruit,|
|Entry cost:||R210 per adult
R95 per child
Free for children under 6 years old
R165 per senior citizen
Discounts are available for school and other groups.
5. i’langa Mall
Immerse yourself in Nelspruit’s premier shopping experience at i’langa Mall. There are 142 outlets in the mall, including the major stores of Woolworths, H&M, Game, Edgars, Pick n Pay, iStore, Mr Price and Truworths. It’s not just shopping delights that await you at i’langa Mall. Grab a bite to eat from numerous eateries at the piazza-style food court. Enjoy visually stunning entertainment at the Ster-Kinekor theatre. Have plenty of thrilling fun with the family at the Ice Rink!
|Phone:||+27 13 742 2293|
|Hours:||Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 19:00
Saturday, 09:00 – 18:00
Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00
|Location:||Corner of Bitterbessie & Flamboyant Streets West Acres, Ext 38, Nelspruit|
6. Mbombela Stadium
Next, there’s Mbombela Stadium, which was one of the ten stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The multi-purpose venue often hosts Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches. Experience the electrifying excitement by joining the fans to watch their favourite teams clash! You can also catch an exciting rugby match. Other major events include concerts, conferences, and more.
|Phone:||+27 13 757 4600 / +27 82 700 3664 / +27 13 757 4607 / +27 13 757 4633|
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|Hours:||Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 16:00|
|Location:||1 Bafana Road, Mataffin, Nelspruit|
7. Open Skies Wilderness Expeditions
Enjoy a personalised tour experience with Open Skies Wilderness Expeditions. Since 2007, the company has been offering some of the best things to do in Nelspruit. Activities include bicycle adventures, day trips to as well as game drives in the Kruger National Park. Open Skies has made it their mission to “not sell tours, but experiences”.
|Phone:||+27 78 715 8042|
8. Sudwala Dinosaur Park
Discover one of the most exceptional things to do in Nelspruit at Sudwala Dinosaur Park. You’ll be amazed by the life-size models in the park. Discover displays on a range of prehistoric creatures, including:
- amphibious reptiles,
- ancient reptiles,
- prehistoric mammals, and
- prehistoric man
The park additionally features a number of stone ruins at the foot of the Sudwala Caves. These ruins reveal the existence of mysterious inhabitants from many thousands of years ago!
|Phone:||+27 81 043 0706|
|Hours:||08:30 – 17:00|
|Location:||Sudwala, Schagen, 1207, Mbombela|
|Entry cost:||R70 per adult
R40 per child (older than 5 years old)
Free for children under 5 years old
9. Montrose Falls
Nature lovers will find themselves enchanted by the majestic scenes of the Montrose Pass on the N4. Your top highlight of the pass will be a stop at the charming Montrose Falls. According to some travellers, there are no paths leading to the falls. However, for those up to the challenge, a beautiful scene like this will be worth the effort.
Location: Off the N4, Nelspruit
10. Emnotweni Casino
Your time in Nelspruit doesn’t have to be without some more excitement! The Emnotweni Casino in Riverside Mall is a bustling establishment. Try your luck at numerous games. Enjoy good food and refreshments at the bar. The entertainment offered at the casino also extends to live music, a movie theatre and comedy feature!
|Phone:||+27 13 757 4300|
|Hours:||Open 24 hours|
|Location:||Government Boulevard, Riverside Park, Nelspruit|
Now you know about these amazing things to do in Nelspruit.
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