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Mpumalanga is the gateway to the world-renowned Kruger National Park – the heart of South Africa. When you book cheap flights to Mpumalanga with Domestic Flights South Africa, you know that touch down will be just the start of a truly authentic African wildlife experience.
Whether you fly into Nelspruit Airport (NLP), Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) or Skukuza Airport (SZK) which lies within the Kruger National Park, you will be in the ideal position to explore the province’s finest tourist attractions.
Arriving at the privately owned Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is a treat in itself. This African themed airport welcomes more than 260 000 passengers each year, offering all the modern amenities while still retaining the intimacy of a smaller airport.
Popular Cheap Flights To Mpumalanga
|Route||Departure Date||Airline Logo||Airline||Price|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Johannesburg||7 May||Airlink||R929|
|Flights To Nelspruit From East London||17 May||Airlink||R1,494|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Durban||3 Oct||Airlink||R1,534|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Port Elizabeth||22 Apr||Airlink||R1,624|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Cape Town||30 Aug||Airlink||R1,649|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Kimberley||3 May||Airlink||R1,759|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Polokwane||25 Apr||Airlink||R1,829|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Pietermaritzburg||20 May||Airlink||R1,834|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Durban||28 Apr||British Airways||R1,834|
|Flights To Nelspruit From Bloemfontein||3 May||Airlink||R1,909|
Meet Mpumalanga’s Finest
Actually, we’re talking about Mpumalanga’s finest tourist attractions and not simply your search of the Big Five! While we accept that you are undoubtedly be keen to spend much of your time traveling around the Kruger Park in search of the Big Five, there are other great attractions in the province. Whether you book flights from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or flights from Durban or Cape Town, these are some of the best attractions you could be making your way to:
- Nelspruit Nature Reserve
- 6 Magical Waterfalls of Mpumalanga (Horseshoe Falls, Lone Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Mac Mac Falls, Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls)
- Scenery of the Panorama Route which includes Sabie, Graskop, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window, Hazyview, Lydenburg, Kiepersol, Rhenosterhoek, and Schoemanskloof.
- Lowveld Botanical Garden
- Blyde River Canyon
- Bourke’s Luck Potholes
- Timbavati Game Reserve
- Sudwala Caves
- Chimpanzee Eden
- Elephant Whispers Sanctuary
- Graskop Gorge Lift
- Dullstroom Birds of Prey Rehab Centre
- Care for the Wild Rhino Sanctuary
Popular Flights to Mpumalanga | Mpumalanga Flight Routes
Looking for domestic flights in South Africa that will take you to Mpumalanga? Here are just some of the more popular routes and the airlines that serve them:
- Flights from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport | Flights from OR Tambo.
This route is serviced by South African Airways and takes approximately 45 minutes to Nelspruit.
Flights into Skukuza are also available with a 1-hour duration.
- Flights from Durban to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
There are flights to Nelspruit as well as Skukuza via OR Tambo Airport. South African Airways services the route. Low cost carriers can be used for the Durban – Johannesburg leg of the trip if you want to save some money.
Only Airlink offers flights from OR Tambo Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
- Flights from Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
Non-stop flights from Cape Town to Nelspruit are operated by South African Airways and have a duration of 2 hours and 20 minutes. Non-stop flights of 2 hours and 30 minutes are also available from Cape Town to Skukuza.
When is it Best to Visit Mpumalanga?
Mpumalanga enjoys a balmy subtropical climate all year round. It’s no wonder that the province is called “Mpumalanga” which means “Place of the Rising Sun”.
The summers are hot with showers and the winters are mild and dry. If you want to avoid the summer rains, which are most prevalent from October to February, it’s best to plan your trip for the winter (June to August) when the temperatures are more comfortable and the bush is less dense (for easier game spotting).
If music and the arts appeal to you then you might want to consider attending a music festival in the bush, check out the Innibos Festival, which is usually during the last week of June in Nelspruit. It’s a popular family oriented festival for both locals and foreign visitors.
Cheap Flights & World Class Accommodation – Stay in Style in Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga is a province geared towards tourism and hospitality. While out in the bush, you will have access to a plethora of accommodation options.
There’s something for everyone and every budget in Mpumalanga from Airbnb experiences, 5-star game lodges, high-end 5-star hotels, guest houses, self-catering units, and open-sky treehouses, to the more rustic camping sites. Choose your style of accommodation in Mpumalanga and make the most of your stay.
Mpumalanga is all about Game Parks, Nature Reserves, & Game Viewing
There’s no doubt that Mpumalanga offers visitors an authentic safari experience. When you book your cheap flights to Mpumalanga, you might want to know what your game reserve options are. Below is a brief list of our top pick of game reserves and nature parks in the province:
- Sabi Sands
- Lion Sands
- Sabi Sabi
- Savanna Private Game Reserve
- Mala Mala
- Rhino Post
- Kruger National Park
- Manyeleti Game Reserve
- Blyde River Nature Reserve
- Mjejane Game Reserve
- Sterkspruit Nature Reserve
- Songimvelo Nature Reserve
- Dullstroom Nature Reserve
- Nkomazi Game Reserve
- Loskop Dam Nature Reserve
- Barberton Makhonjwa Mountain Land
- Ligwalagwala Conservancy
Of course, the Kruger National Park is the most renowned of all the game reserves. As such, many visitors flock to the park itself or stay at a game reserve nearby.
There are several game reserves that border the Kruger National Park and these include the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Lion Sands Game Reserve, Kapama Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve, Manyaleti Game Reserve, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.
Kruger National Park Entry Gates
If you don’t book flights to Mpumalanga directly into Skukuza, you might want to enter the Kruger National Park by car at one of the several gates in the Mpumalanga province. The following gates are located in the area:
- Paul Kruger Gate (Skukuza)
- Phabeni Gate
- Malelane Gate
- Numbi Gate
- Orpen Gate
- Crocodile Bridge Gate
- Punda Maria Gate
- Gowrie Gate
Book Flights to Mpumalanga to Experience History, Art, & Culture
Mpumalanga forms a vital part of South Africa’s heritage. Whether you book cheap flights to Mpumalanga for work or leisure, you simply cannot leave without exploring the rich history, art, and culture that’s on offer.
In terms of natural heritage, Mpumalanga shines with game reserves, caves, and scenic views at every possible turn. The province’s cultural heritage includes old mining towns, artistic towns and settlements, San rock paintings and even the Ndebele wall paintings.
The history of Mpumalanga is absorbing and dates back to 1873, when alluvial gold was found in the area of Pilgrim’s Rest. This brought about the country’s biggest gold rush and many who have their roots in the area consider this to be the province’s claim to fame. The true story of Jock of the Bushveld which was published in 1907 is also a historical interest point of the province.
For a glimpse into Mpumalanga’s history, culture and arty appeal, plan to spend some time exploring the following places and sights:
- Pilgrims Rest – one of the first towns from the Gold Rush era, Pilgrim’s Rest has been declared a National Monument. The night time ghost tours are a popular activity for visitors.
- Barberton – historical mining town that provides a glimpse into the history of mining in South Africa.
- Dullstroom – small village that’s famous for its fly-fishing competitions, music festivals, art galleries, and prolific bird life.
- Kaapsehoop – small hamlet known to have a haunted bar or two. Tourists enjoy the free roaming wild horses and rare blue swallow sightings often seen in the town.
- Sabie – small forestry town known for its waterfalls and scenic viewpoints.
- Chrissiesmeer – this tiny picturesque town is home to over 20 000 flamingos and they are a sight to behold (flamingos can be seen from September to February).
- Waterval Boven – this small town is home to controversial stone circles and adventure activities, such as rock climbing and mountain biking.
- Shangana Cultural Village – learn more about the culture of the local Shangaan people. The village also includes a Botshabela Museum.
- White River History & Motor Museum – an impressive exhibition of over 60 vehicles from days gone by.
- Sheba Mine – one of the world’s oldest operational mines named after the Queen of Sheba.
- Jock of the Bushveld Memorial – this is found some 18km outside of Sabie.
- Eureka City – this is an abandoned village with a horse racing track and an old Victorian hotel. No one really knows where the town’s people went and why. There are tours to the ruins by quadbike.
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While Mpumalanga is a great place to see the Big Five and go birdwatching, there’s also a whole lot more that you can see and do. If you’re intrigued and ready to get exploring the province (we know that we are!), then use our quick flight search feature to find the best domestic flights to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport that suit your departure date, time and location.
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