Nelspruit & Malelane – South Africa

An overview of the city

The city is inundated with the growth of flower-fringed avenues and boasts the first man-made tropical forest. Nature truly prevails in Nelspruit and even though the city is an embodiment of a modern concrete jungle, its vistas range from ancient cycad gardens to botanical gardens, flowing rivers and sun drenched hills.

The city is visited by many and opens the gate to world renowned attractions such as Kruger National Park where the African Big Five roam freely, as well as the gold mining town of Kaapsehoop.

Situated at the foot of Kruger National Park is the quant farming town of Malalane. The little town, like Nelspriut, is filled with views of agricultural landscapes that stretch from patches of sugarcane plantations to fields that flourish with the scent of tropical fruit. Located just outside of Malalane is the ancient Sudwala Caves, which dates as far back as 3000 million years, causing some to believe that it is the oldest caves in the world.

Best season to visit Nelspruit

Nelspruit graced by a humid subtropical climate so you can expect hot and humid rainy summers. Winters are generally humid and warm.

Rain falls mostly in the summer months starting in October to March, with up to 500 mm (30 in) rainfall a year. The dry season sets in from April to September with pleasantly warm days and cools to cold nights.


Advice from Safari Russ:

“The city’s name was changed in 2009 to Mbompela, and although that is it’s official name, road signs and locals all still refer to it as Nelspruit

Highlights and Activities of Nelspruit

Nelspruit is the ideal destination to base yourself in if you planning to explore the Mpumalanga Escarpment and the southern regions of Kruger National Park. If this is the case, we suggest a stay of about 2 to 5 nights.


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