Nestled between the south-east border of Mozambique, and the Mpumalanga portion of the Drakensberg, the Lowveld is a both a well-known region in South Africa, and a vast biome which stretches from South Africa through Zimbabwe, and up as far north as Central Africa.
As a result of a 180-million-year-old failed rift cutting into the Southern African central plateau, the Lowveld was formed. Characterised by broad valleys which fall below 500m above sea level, it boasts a subtropical climate.
While once a region of eager gold-diggers, hunters, and adventure-seekers, the Lowveld is now most associated with the Kruger National Park, which occupies a large portion of its total area. The largest game reserve in South Africa, and one of the biggest in Africa as a whole, it covers an area of approximately 19400 km. Wildlife to be spotted on an enthralling game drive include buffalo, zebra, black rhinoceros, cheetah, leopard, elephant, hippo, giraffe, and blue wildebeest.
Mpumalanga’s capital, and the largest city in the Lowveld is Nelspruit. A major stopover spot for tourists travelling to Mozambique, and to the Kruger, the city features the Mbombela Stadium, the Emnotweni Casino, and many successful citrus farms. Nelspruit has two aiports - Nelspruit Airfield, and the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, which is located 25km north-east of the city. These connect Nelspruit with cities such as Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Livingstone, and Vilakulos in Mozambique.
Other interesting towns worth paying a visit to in the Lowveld are Komatipoort, on the Mozambiquan border, and the picturesque settlement of Barberton. Destinations which provide an ideal base from which to explore the Kruger National Park include Hoedspruit, Hazyview, Phalaborwa, Klaserie, and White River
One of the most fascinating attractions in this low-lying region is the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Characterised by the Crocodile and Nels Rivers which converge in it, the gardens feature stunning waterfalls, a lush rain forest, and a wide variety of captivating vegetation.
Accommodation in the Lowveld consists of beautiful safari lodges, welcoming guest houses, convenient self-catering units, and more. Make sure to visit Venues4Africa to book your Lowveld accommodation, today.