Mpumalanga – which means ‘the place where the sun rises’ – is one of South Africa’s most gorgeous provinces, overflowing with an abundance of breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife.  It attracts tourists from around the world and is home to the country’s biggest game reserve the Kruger National Park – which covers almost two million hectares – and the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest canyon on Earth.

Here are 21 photos of Mpumalanga that will inspire you to visit this beautiful province:

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Mpumalanga is renowned for its spectacular natural features, like:

1.The Blyde River Canyon

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Blyde River Canyon

2. The Three Rondawels

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Three Rondawels

3. The waterfalls

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Lisbon Falls

4. and more waterfalls …

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Berlin Falls

5. and the potholes

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Bourke’s Luck Potholes

6. Mpumalanga is renowned for its spectacular views

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View from Wonder View near God’s Window

7. There are forests everywhere…

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Pine forests in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga is renowned for its fascinating wildlife, like:

8. Impalas…

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Impalas in Kruger National Park

9. Zebras…

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Zebras in Sabi Sands Private Reserve

10. Elephants galore…

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Elephants in Kruger National Park

11. …and the King of the Jungle

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Lion in Sabi Sands Private Reserve

12. Mpumalanga has beautiful golf courses…

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Golf Course at Sabi River Sun

13. Beautiful flowers…

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Bird of Paradise flower aka Strelitzia

14. Craft markets everywhere

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Craft markets

15. Delicious indigenous fruits

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Delicious indigenous fruits

Need a place to stay? You have many options, such as

16. Family resorts 

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Sabi River Sun

17. Mountain Lodges

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Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge

18. The epitome of luxury

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Presidential Suite at Sabi Sabi’s Earth Lodge

19. Even the bathrooms are luxurious…

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Bathroom at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Villa

Did I mention the sunsets?

20. While ‘Mpumalanga’ means ‘the place where the sun rises’, the sunsets are also spectacular… Sunset in the bush

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Sunset in Kruger National Park

21. Sunset in the mountains

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Sunset at Crystal Springs

This article first appeared on Sara Essop’s blog, and is republished here with kind permission.

Sara EssopSARA ESSOP is a freelance travel writer and blogger, based in Johannesburg. She blogs about travel, events and experiences over at www.inafricaandbeyond.com. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.