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Mbombela formerly known as Nelspruit is a vibrant city. With adventures like visits to the crocodile farm, elephant sanctuary and some of the oldest caves on earth, Mbombela is a holiday destination like no other.

Aside from the magnificent attractions that make up this city, Mbombela is also the capital of the province of Mpumalanga and the gateway to the major tourist’s attraction-the Kruger National Park. A place of discovery and magical African wonders this city is a must-see holiday destination.

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Why visit Nelspruit?

  • Spend the day at the National Botanical Garden featuring over 500 indigenous plants, man-made rainforests and spectacular exhibitions, it is the best way to spend your day!
  • Embark on an underground adventure to The Crystal Tour, which takes you 200m into the heart of underground caves to an array of sparkling aragonite crystals.
  • Enjoy a night out at the loved Barnyard Theatre in the Casterbridge Centre for entertaining shows and great food.
South African Rand, ZAR
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00 + 27 + Local Number
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Type C / D / M / N (frequency-50Hz:voltage-230V)
Nelspruit Airport

This city features a humid sub-tropical climate, with mild winters and warm summers it is a perfect holiday destination any time of year.

But, if we were to suggest a perfect time to visit, it would be from May through to September when the temperatures are ideal for visitors to explore the City and its scenic surroundings.

Summer seasons begin in September and end in March, and the winter begins in May through until September.

The most common language that is spoken in this city is siSwati as well as isiZulu, Xistonga, and isiNdebele.

Some useful Afrikaans phrases to help you put are:

  • Hello - Goeie dag
  • Goodbye - Totsiens
  • Sorry - Jammer
  • Thank you - Dankie

  • Nelspruit was founded in 1905 by three brothers from the Nel family, they grazed their cattle around Nelspruit during the winter months.
  • Mbombela means ''lots of people together in a small place”.
  • Nelspruit served briefly as the seat of the government for the South African Republic during the Boer War, which took place during 1899-1902.

Explore the many attractions of this city, from extreme adventures to family fun-filled activities.

Experience a rush of adrenaline by visiting the rugged Mpumalanga Mountains with quad bike trails, you can explore the natural beauty of this place. Mbombela is a city that is known for offering the best in outdoor attractions.

From Chimpanzee Eden where you can get up-close-and-personal with this loving species, to the 4 X 4 Bushlane Trail which is such a thrilling experience. There are many activities to fill your stay up, they include:

  • I'langa Mall
  • Blue Moon
  • Cave Crawling
  • Barberton Nature Reserve
  • Ghost and History Tour

This city has plenty of eateries which cater to a variety of tastes. Nelspruit’s most distinctive ingredient has been said to be peri-peri which is a Mozambican spicy relish that is made from chilli, garlic and lemon.

Places like Chez Vincent and Orange Restaurant offers contemporary cuisine which is quite popular among locals. Visitors can indulge in the best braai, from fish, beef, lamb, chicken, pork and game meat like kudu, ostrich, crocodile or wild boar. Mpumalanga is also famed for its fresh trout.

The best restaurants in Mbombela include:

  • Saffron Restaurant
  • Orange Restaurant
  • The Food Fundi
  • Mediterranean
  • Greek Kouzina
  • Zest Restaurant
  • The Farm Stall at Halls

The majority of South Africans are Christian. The other faiths that are practised include Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions and Judaism.

This is a place with so much diversity and culture, which is what makes it so intriguing to many. South Africa has been considered to be a 'Rainbow Nation' due to its diversity.

In South Africa the constitution protects freedom of religion, where everyone is free to follow any faith of their choosing. Mbombela is a city that is very accommodating and welcoming, every visit to this beautiful place will be a cultural experience worth the visit.

This city is a busy little city, and like every city in South Africa it has its good and bad parts. There is the odd occurrence of crime which includes mugging, which is why it is advised to remain vigilant at all times, especially after dark.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Nelspruit
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 100
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 22.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 21.22
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 11.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 37.00

Nelspruit Airport (Code: NLP) is an airport in Nelspruit, South Africa. Nelspruit Airport has mainly been replaced by the nearby Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Below are the major Airlines that service Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport:

  • British Airways operated by Comair
  • Pelican Air Services
  • South African Airways operated by Airlink
  • South African Airways operated by South African Express

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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