Mpumalanga means east or literally “the place where the sun rises” in Swazi, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu.

The diverse and special flora and fauna of the province enjoys protection in a range of nature reserves, including:

Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve

Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Sabi-Sand Game Reserve

Mpumalanga is the second-smallest province after Gauteng and offers spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife. Activities such as for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing are ideal in this corner of the country.

Capital Nelspruit
Principal languages siSwati 27,67%
isiZulu 24,1%
Xitsonga 10,4%
isiNdebele 10%
Population 4 328 300
Share of total population 7,7%
Area (km2) 76 495
Percentage of total area 6,3%

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