Welcome to Mpumalanga, home to the Kruger Lowveld, South Africa’s premier inland tourism destination and paradise on earth for the wildlife enthusiast, nature lover, adrenaline addict, romantic, rambler, historian and culture junkie.
We know without a shadow of a doubt that few people are as qualified or as passionate as Kruger Lowveld Tourism Executive Director and Marketing Consultant, Lisa Sheard to give us the lowdown. And you’ll realise very soon – why!
Lisa’s zealousness rubs off on us, “few parts of the world can match the Kruger Lowveld for its natural and cultural diversity. The magnificent Kruger Lowveld region prides itself on being the outdoor capital of South Africa, with more than 100 different activities, all within 100km. And this is just the beginning of an adventure that will last visitors a lifetime!”
Lisa shares some history details that only someone who really lives and breathes the province is likely to know. “One cannot visit the Kruger Lowveld without visiting what is likely the oldest mountain range on earth, the Barberton Mokhanjwa. The rugged Makhonjwa Mountains are perhaps the most complete portrait of the earth approximately 3.2 to 3.5 billion years ago.”
A story like this would be remiss without a peppering of Jock of the Bushveld. “Jock of the Bushveld, immortalised in the book by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick published in 1907, is a story that lies closest to the hearts of those who live in the Kruger Lowveld. This is not only because Jock’s plucky spirit speaks to the dog lovers among us, but also because it tells the story of a time when the Lowveld was still frontier country, and young men headed east to seek their fortunes.” We won’t spoil the rest of the story, but if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, best get on that.
Mpumalanga plays hard in the conferencing space too having outbid four other provinces to bring the SATSA 2016 Conference home.
“The warmth of welcome and great Lowveld hospitality offered to conference delegates, and the vast array of activities on offer in the region – including the world-renowned Kruger National Park – make it a fantastic area in which to host a conference.”