The Capital Mbombela opens its doors to the Lowveld, and the world

The Capital Mbombela, the brand new R205 million hotel in the heart of Mbombela, has opened its doors to guests, offering a choice of hotel rooms, apartments, and a penthouse for business or leisure travel, cutting-edge conferencing facilities, and the best in leisure and entertainment options. “We identified a need for a sophisticated, luxury destination in Mbombela, to meet the needs of local businesspeople, business travellers, leisure seekers, and the local community,” explains Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments. “We have designed and built this hotel…

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Mpumalanga is a tourism paradise

Mpumalanga, (Zulu for “the place where the sun rises”), is a province in eastern South Africa, bordering the nations of Swaziland and Mozambique. It embraces the southern half of the iconic Kruger National Park KNP), a large nature reserve, home to the Big 5 and other abundant wildlife. The province’s magnificent Blyde River Canyon, among the world’s largest, is known as a green canyon because of its subtropical temperature and biomes. Formerly known as the Eastern Transvaal, Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. People are drawn to…

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Research cites the severity of the impact of COVID-19 on tourism businesses

University of Mpumalanga Tourism Lecturer Dr Julia Giddy and Professor Jayne Rogerson from the University of Johannesburg recently conducted a study to examine tourism enterprise adaptation in South Africa’s nature tourism destinations. The study, conducted in Bushbuckridge, suggests that tourism in that region has been severely impacted by COVID-19. In the Bushbuckridge area, the debilitating impact of the pandemic was exacerbated by the fact that most businesses are dominated by international tourists rather than the domestic market. One of the most significant problems mentioned by the majority of businesses was…

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Hazyview – a magical stopover on the way to the KNP

KNOWN for its sub-tropical farming, the small town of Hazyview in Mpumalanga, South Africa (SA), offers the ideal stopover with its plethora of beautiful natural wonders and activities. A week is not even enough to enjoy the splendour of the area. It is by and large a farming community with its huge banana and macadamia nut industries, contributing to about 20% of SA’s bananas and 30% of macadamia nut harvests. As gateway to the southern section of the Kruger National Park (KNP) and the Phabeni Gate only 14km away, Sho’t…

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MPUMALANGA WILL HOST YOUTH AND WOMEN IN TOURISM EMPOWERMENT IMBIZO

Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Fish Mahlalela, and the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mr. Vusumuzi Prince Mkhatshwa will host a youth and women in tourism Imbizo at Ebutsini Cultural Village in the Mpumalanga Province. Themed ‘Unlocking Business Opportunities for Youth and Women Entrepreneurs in Tourism,’ the engagement will shed light on the Department’s SMME programmes, and  Youth Skill Development initiatives that are earmarked to support industrialists and unemployed youth as the sector works towards tourism recovery. The National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) and the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan…

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12 Top Routes Of The Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape includes several of the country’s greatest adventure destinations, the bulk of the Great Karoo, the Wild Coast, the homelands of the Xhosa people, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, and some of South Africa’s greatest hiking trails. What’s more its climate is mild throughout the year with a Sunshine Coast that promises good surfing and kilometres of beach. Inland a collection of stunning landscapes, plenty of private and national wildlife reserves, and farms producing chicory, tomatoes, deciduous fruit and citrus beckons. Whilst the Eastern Cape’s very own Highlands shelter a series of…

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Shabalala Expo assists local tourism sectors

SHABALALA’s Interpretation of Cultural Centre hosted a successful and highly welcomed township expo to assist local tourism product owners to revive their businesses as COVID rules and regulations had been downgraded. According to the organiser of the event, Goodman Nkosi, tourism was still trying to recover from the pandemic and some businesses had closed down leaving people jobless. “So we decided to remind local people that we still have our own products and they need us to support them and spread the message to those who are not aware of…

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