Banana plantations near Hazyview

Buzzing markets, busy borders, bubbling springs, ancient mountain formations, adrenalin kicks, wild horses, balmy nights, gyrating dances.

It is hard to believe that, in the days of the pioneers, the Lowveld was considered uninhabitable – a conviction that was shared by the African peoples who preceded them. Nowadays this warm, sultry and well-cultivated region is one of the country’s most densely-populated areas, home to the Shangaan and Swazi peoples and to the descendants of farmers who moved down here from the escarpment and tamed this scenic wilderness. Or most of it.

Of course, the one thing all Lowveld towns have in common is their proximity to South Africa’s most famous conservation area, the Kruger National Park, home to the big five and to numerous equally-fascinating mammals and hundreds of species of colourful birds and reptiles.

Dramatic mountain scenery, magical history and sweeping farmlands melt into the Maputo Corridor, tracing the Crocodile River along the southern border of the Kruger National Park.

It is a land soaked in ancient African, Voortrekker and gold rush history where two giant rivers and three diverse countries meet. The imposing mountain ranges, the thrill of a South African safari and the rolling beauty of rural Swaziland, all only a short hop away from Maputo, the cosmopolitan capital of Mozambique.

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

Shangaan dancers

Nukain Mabusa’s Stone Garden at Louw’s Creek. Photo courtesy of JFC Clarke

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