Description

Located in the Mpumalanga province of northeastern South Africa is the city which lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River – Nelspruit. Nelspruit is the capital of the Mpumalanga province and is known as the gateway to Mpumalanga and the...more

Nelspruit, South Africa

Profile-image
Loader

Description

Located in the Mpumalanga province of northeastern South Africa is the city which lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River – Nelspruit. Nelspruit is the capital of the Mpumalanga province and is known as the gateway to Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park. It is also known for its sub-tropical climate and lush hills and valleys. The city is home to a plethora of attractions which will keep visitors occupied for days. Most of the activities and attractions found in Nelspruit, and the surrounding areas, are family oriented, making the city a great destination for a family getaway. Muslim visitors must be aware that they will be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities in Nelspruit.

Visitors to Nelspruit must pay a visit to the The Lowveld Botanical Garden, which is located just outside the city. The Crocodile River and the Nels River run through the garden, making it quite unique. Visitors will come across a rare collection of plant species as well as the first man made rain forest, while here. The garden also boasts a beautiful waterfall and a gentle pool, which forms when the two rivers merge. The garden has a unique topical atmosphere and is known to attract a large number of Nelspruit’s visitors. 

Also located nearby; about a 30 minute drive away, is the Dinosaur Park. Set in a lush sub-tropical forest garden, this park has life size models of prehistoric animals on display. The models of the ancient reptiles, dinosaurs and the other displays are quite realistic and are scientifically accurate representations. Visitors here will also get to see monkeys running around and sub-tropical birds. This fascinating park will definitely prove to be an educational experience for all.

Next to the park is located the Sudwala Caves. These caves are believed to be about 240 million years old and therefore the oldest caves on earth. It is also said to encase the world’s oldest dolomite chamber. Those feeling adventurous can take a guided tour which involves getting down and dirty to reach a chamber filled with aragonite crystals. This is an epic underground adventure that the entire family will love. Unfortunately the tour is not suitable for everyone.

Also worth a visit is the nearby gold mining town of Kaapsehoop, The Nelspruit Nature Reserve, Hall Estate, the crocodile farm and the ostrich farm.

Nearby Airports

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is the nearest international airport to Nelspruit, and is located about 27 kilometres from the center of the city. OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg is the other closest international airport. This major airport is located approximately 330 kilometres from Nelspruit.

Halal Restaurants

Steers Total Super Motors is one known Halal restaurant in Nelspruit; however there should also be a couple of other lesser known ones in the city. Even though these restaurants claim to be Halal certified or Muslim owned, it is always best for Muslims visitors to double check before dining. Muslims visiting Nelspruit could also dine at local vegetarian and seafood restaurants after making sure the dishes served do not contain any non-Halal items.

Mosques

There is one known mosque in Nelspruit, namely the Nelspruit Masjid, the address being - 6 Petunia St, Valencia Park. This mosque is said to have prayer facilities for women as well. Since other prayer facilities for Muslims in Nelspruit are not easily found, visitors will have to offer their prayers in the privacy of their hotel room or can simply inquire with locals for a private area in the vicinity that can be used when traveling outdoors. The locals may also know of other small prayer rooms or prayer areas in Nelspruit.

Things to Do and See in Nelspruit

  • Mafunyane Riverside Water Park
  • Lowveld Botanical Gardens  
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Kaapsehoop
  • The Halls Estate
  • The Nelspruit Nature Reserve
  • Sudwala Dinosaur Park
  • Chimp Eden
  • CrocRiver Enviro Park
  • De Brug Ostrich Farm
  • No Airport found.
  • No Attraction found.
  • No Halal dish found.
  • No Blog found.


Score from 0 user