Nelspruit at a glance
The vibrant city of Nelspruit is the provincial capital of Mpumalanga. It is one of the major South African tourist destinations, due to its proximity to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Now called Mbombela, the city is situated on the banks of the Crocodile River in the heart the Lowveld.
The city plays host to many cultural and agricultural shows annually. They include The Lowveld show, Lowveld Agri show, Innibos Arts festival, Nelspruit Motor Show, as well as the Colour Run.
The property market and development in Nelspruit has boomed over the past few years. Once synonymous with farming, the area is now an industrial hotspot that draws large numbers of workers to the town.
A brief history of the area
Nelspruit was founded in 1895 by three brothers of the Nel family who grazed their cattle around the site during the winter months. In the late 19th century the Netherlands-South African Railway Company built the Eastern railway making the settlement a key stopover. Further development of the area was encouraged with the discovery of gold in the region at places like Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton.
In October 2009, Nelspruit was renamed to Mbombela.
The lowveld has a subtropical climate as a result of its latitude and proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. The average midday temperatures for Nelspruit range from 21.4°C in June to 27.9°C in January. It is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 6.2°C on average during the night. Nelspruit normally receives the lowest rainfall (2mm) in June and the highest (119mm) in December.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
There are two airports available in Mpumalanga. Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is 27km away from the city centre with a travel time of 27 minutes. The driving distance from Nelspruit Airport is around 9km to the city centre, which will take you roughly 10 minutes to reach with an average speed of 80km/h.
Schools in the area
Laerskool Nelspruit, Nelspruit Primary School, Curro Castle Nelspruit, Lowveld High School, St. Mark's International School Nelspruit, Hoërskool Nelspruit, Saint Peters Primary School, Laerskool Bergland, and Valencia Combined School are some of the great schooling options available in Nelspruit.
The University of Mpumalanga was established in 2014 and offers students Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Agriculture degrees, as well as a Diploma in Hospitality Management.
Other tertiary institutions in Nelspruit include Unigrad College, Boston City Campus & Business College, Damelin, and P C Training & Business College.
Mediclinic Nelspruit, Rob Ferreira Hospital, Nelmed Medicross, M-Care Nelspruit, Surgiclinic, Kiaat Private Hospital, are some of the great medical facilities available to residents in Stellenbosch.
Residents in Nelspruit love shopping at the many malls available in the area. They are; i'langa Mall, Riverside Mall, Sonpark Centre, The Village, City Centre, The Grove, Promenade Shopping Centre, and more.
Nelspruit is a foodies delight with a wide range of unique and popular restaurants to choose from. The Orange Restaurant, The Greek Kouzina, O Espeto, Adega, Chez Vincent Guest House & Baitoung Thai Restaurant, BistroBistro, Stefano's Trattoria, Cicada, and Pappa's Kitchen are a must try in the town.
Nelspruit is a fantastic tourist haven. There are many tourist attractions within easy driving distance, such as Kruger National Park, Sudwala Caves, Bourke's Luck potholes, Panorama Route, Kaapschehoop, Pilgrim's Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre and many more. There are also many things to do and adventure sports situated near to Nelspruit.
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