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Mpumalanga

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Mpumalanga - "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 low-lying
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% isiNdebele.

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.


Forest near Sabie

Long Tom Pass

Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon
First signs of life
Mountains in the Barberton area of Mpumalanga have yielded minute fossils thought to be among the first signs of life on earth, dated to about 3,300 million years ago.


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