The great thing about Nelspruit is how easy it is to reach loads of excellent attractions in the area. But stay a while in the town itself, because Nelspruit is a pleasant place with lots of interesting things to do. Then head off to explore the wonderful Kruger National Park and the stunning scenery further north in Mpumalanga, all at your doorstep. As a touring base for the region, there’s an excellent selection of hotels and restaurants in and around the town.
Getting to the Kruger and the other attractions became a lot easier thanks to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA). It’s 23km outside the town and is a sweet little place with thatch-roofed buildings and African bush decor. Shuttle services for game lodges in the area are usually happy to collect guests there, or you can hire a car. Get a 4x4, just to be safe on Mpumalanga’s twisty roads and the dirt roads in the game reserves. Weather-wise the area gets very toasty in November to January, and crowded in December, so rather visit in the cooler months.