September is Tourism Month in South Africa, and this year’s host province is Mpumalanga, home to the world’s 3rd largest canyon, cascading waterfalls, and, of course, the Kruger National Park. It’s also full of archeologically significant sites and numerous geological wonders.
With 2017 being the UNWTO’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, it’s important that South Africans begin to explore their own country, contributing to the growth of the tourism industry in line with the “We Do Tourism” campaign.
“Sustainable tourism is an industry committed to making a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate future employment for local people,” says SA Tourism, the driving force behind Tourism Month. “Essentially, sustainable tourism aims to ensure a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and tourists themselves.”
In celebration of this month, here are ten things you can do during your next visit to ‘the place where the sun rises’.
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO THIS IN MPUMALANGA?
- Hike the Blyde River Canyon trails through the deepest green canyon in the world
- Visit the cultural villages at Loopspruit, Botshabelo, Matsamo, Ebutsini and Shangana
- Visit the Samora Machel monument and museum at Mbuzini
- Birdwatched at Wakkerstroom, Chrissiesmeer and the Southern Grasslands
- Rock climb at Waterval Boven
- Explore the southern grasslands archaeological sites from Ermelo
- Photograph the sculptural wonder of the Bourke’s Luck Potholes
- Take a historical gold mining tour of Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton, or panned for gold
- Play golf at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park
- Explore the Sudwala Caves, which are the oldest dolomite caves in the world
To see more about beautiful Mpumalanga, visit www.mpumalanga.com.