Formerly known as Nelspruit, Mbombela is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It is the gateway to the Kruger National Park and is packed full of beautiful nature, gardens, vistas and wildlife. Here are our top five things to do in Mbombela.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park boasts an impressive 2 million hectares and is home to an extraordinary number of species. It is one of the most famous and largest nature reserves in the world and is nationally known as a home to the Big Five. It has more than 12,000 elephants, 10,000 rhinos, 27,000 Buffalo and 2,500 Lions and Leopards. Check out the Kruger National Park destinations page to find out the different ways to explore the park.

Sudwala Caves

The Sudwala Caves were thought to have formed 240 million years ago and are now one of the most popular attractions in Mbombela. These spacious chambers contain an impressive amphitheatre which can hold up to 500 people and is commonly used for local musicians and various choirs because of its incredible acoustics. Attractions inside the cave include the Devil’s Workshop and the Map of Africa in the ceiling of the cave.

God’s Window

The view from God’s Window has inspired many artists and photographers from all over the globe. It’s found along the panorama route, and down a steep stepped footpath to reach a magnificent viewpoint over South Africa and some stunning waterfalls. The majestic cliffs plunge down 700m to reveal the exact reason that this spot was given it’s name. If you visit on a clear day you can see as far as Kruger National Park and the Mozambique coastline. If you fancy a bit of adventure on your Lions Tour then this is a must visit.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Another of the natural wonders in the Mpumalanga area is Bourke’s Luck Potholes. These strange rock formations mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. They are a result of water erosion which has created a fascinating network of tunnels and tubes with interconnecting whirling pools that create a striking and colourful landscape. A 700m trail guides you across to the best vantage points of these cylindrical rock sculptures that wouldn’t look out of place on the moon.

Chimp Eden

Chimp Eden is the first and only Chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. Part of the Jane Goodall Institute, the sanctuary opened in 2006 as a rehabilitation centre for chimpanzees who have been rescued from traumatic situations. Take a short tour to learn about the residents of this sanctuary and their heart-warming survival stories. You might even recognise some of these from the Animal Planet series ‘Escape to Chimp Eden’.