- "the place where the sun rises" - is a province with
spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife, lying in
the northeast of South Africa.
Bordered by the countries of Mozambique and Swaziland to the
east and the Gauteng to the west, it is situated mainly on the
high plateau grasslands of the Middleveld, which roll eastwards
for hundreds of kilometres. In the northeast, it rises towards
mountain peaks and terminates in an immense escarpment. In
places this escarpment plunges hundreds of metres down to the
area known as the Lowveld.
In the eastern region lies the southern half of the magnificent
Kruger National Park.
Some 30% of the people speak siSwati, the language of
neighbouring Swaziland, with 26% speaking isiZulu and 12%
The province is a summer-rainfall area, with occasional winter
snow on high ground in the escarpment. The escarpment area
sometimes experiences snow on high ground. Thick mist is common
during the hot and humid summers.