Holidays in the ‘Slowveld’ – the best leisure activities to try

By Focus Online Dev on September 11, 2018

The Lowveld is a magnet for nature-lovers and leisure seekers, offering an endless array of attractions and things to do in Hazyview, Nelspruit and White River. The close proximity of Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and the Kruger National Park makes Perry’s Bridge Hollow perfect for travellers wanting to see wildlife and enjoy the spoils of four star accommodation.

Lowveld activities

Elephant Whispers

For those seeking a unique and memorable wildlife encounter, an Elephant Interaction and Ride at Elephant Whispers is an exciting and touching experience not to be missed. Situated in the Sandford Conservancy on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, Elephant Whispers offers an Elephant Experience of a lifetime which will leave you with a renewed respect and admiration for these gentle giants of Africa.

White River activities

Shangaan Feast at The River Club

Follow the sound of the beating drums through a path of flaming torches and immerse yourself in a Feast of Culture. Based at Hippo Hollow Country Estate in Hazyview, the Shangaan River Club welcomes all to the festivities under the thatched Boma where traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine form a feast in the true sense of the word. This joint venture between Hippo Hollow and the local community provides an enchanting evening blended with history and entertainment under the African night sky. Bookings can be made online.

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Lowveld Botanical Gardens

Situated 15 kilometres outside White River, is an incredible 159 hectare area dominated by rocky, rugged river scenery. It is the perfect haven for visitors to enjoy a picnic and stroll around the beautiful gardens. The character of the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens is shaped by the two main rivers that cut across it; the Crocodile and Nels Rivers. Before these two rivers converge, they form spectacular waterfalls. The Garden plays a crucial role in the conservation of rare and endangered species and also played a pivotal role in establishing the cycad gene bank. Various plant species have been introduced into the Garden. This is a great choice of things to do in Mpumalanga.

Mpumalanga activities

Mpumalanga Helicopter scenic flights

Mpumalanga Helicopter Company offers breathtaking helicopter adventures over the scenic Kruger Lowveld – simply the best way to experience the splendour of magnificent Blyde River Canyon. Flights can be taken directly from Hippo Hollow Country Estate, next door to Perry’s Bridge or, for your convenience, you can be collected from lodges and hotels in the Mpumalanga Lowveld area.


Golfers are spoilt for choice in the Lowveld with a host of courses on offer. The Nelspruit Golf Course is a must to play when visiting the area and offers all indigenous Lowveld trees and over 256 different species of birds. There are no fairway bunkers at Nelspruit but this is compensated for by strategic positioning of trees. White River Country Club is set amongst picturesque plantations on the banks of the White River, which intersects at many points, making water one the defining features here. Both Gary Player and Reg Taylor had a hand in designing today’s course. The eighteen hole championship course plays to a length of 6036m with a rating of 71.

The Genesis Route

The Genesis Route lies in the heart of Mpumalanga in the Makhonjwa Mountain Range. The 220km figure of eight route showcases some of Mpumalanga’s most diverse landscapes and spectacular viewpoints, from rolling savannah grasslands through rocky mountainous ravines and indigenous forests. It has recently won World Heritage Status, making it only the ninth place in South Africa to do so. The Route is home to a unique geology found nowhere else in the world, packed full of vibrant cultural experiences and action packed adventures, all located an easy distance from Hazyview Kruger.

For more information on any of the above mentioned leisure activities please don’t hesitate to contact our reservations team at Our group offers a selection of tours and transfers with Seasons in Africa Transfers. With vehicles based in Hazyview, White River and Hoedspruit, all major airports, game lodges, hotels and attractions throughout the region are easily accessible. 


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