Nelspruit Travel Blog

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Located in the north-east corner of the country, Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga, South Africa's newest and fastest growing province. The city is an excellent base from which to explore the region's hotspots like the world-famous Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and neighboring Maputo, capital of Mozambique. Set in the hot and lush Crocodile River valley, Nelspruit has a subtropical climate. Getting to the town is easy as there are daily train services to Gauteng as well as flights to and from Johannesburg and Durban.

Mpumalanga is the adventure sport capital of Africa. From Nelspruit you can arrange to do anything, be it daredevil slalom canoeing, bungee jumping, river rafting or gorge-swinging. Mpumalanga's dramatic escarpment and the 700m cliffs in the Blyde River Canyon, provide the best hang-gliding and paragliding sites in South Africa. The region also offers some of Southern Africa's most exhilarating blood sports, trout fishing, tiger fishing, angling, non-lethal "green" hunts in the company of scientists, and lethal hunting safaris, featuring all of Africa's Big Five. And for something completely different, you can try your hand at gold panning where you can prospect for the "big nugget".

Mbombela Stadium

Mbombela Stadium will be a new stadium constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It will become a much welcomed addition to the football life in Nelspruit, and will leave a legacy of the beautiful game for the people of Mpumalanga. Currently, there is not a football stadium of international standards in the Mpumalanga Province.

Mbombela takes its name from the name local municipality, which incorporates the city of Nelspruit. Mbombela is siSwati and literally means 'many people together in a small space'.

The stadium will have a rounded rectangular shape which will ensure that all seats have a good view of the action on the field. The stadium will be approximately seven kilometers from the city centre and 12 kilometers from the nearby Kruger-Mpumalanga Airport. It is also in close proximity to game parks, giving spectators the opportunity of seeing wildlife during rest days. Upon completion, the newly built Mbombela stadium will have a gross seating capacity of 46,000. It is due for completion by October 2009.
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