“Mpumalanga” means “the place of the rising sun” and is the most easterly province of South Africa. Once the scene of an early gold-rush, the region is now more famous for its riches of wildlife and scenery. The Kruger National Park is not the only attraction to this area - there is some excellent trout fishing to be found here, as well as hiking trails and luxury game lodges. The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is the third largest canyon system in the world, after the Fish River Canyon in Namibia and the Grand Canyon.
Pilgrims Rest is an old mining town which has been lovingly restored under the eagle eye of the Historical Society. To walk down the main street of this charming town is to step back into history, and is well worth a stopover en-route to the big game attractions of the Kruger Park.