Malalane was the first resting place on the road from the old Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) to Pretoria and in many ways it is still precisely that. The name means Guardians after the first people, who maintained the ford across the Crocodile River and the town is now a bustling agricultural and tourist centre.
In the early part of the last century, much of this area was the domain of the hunter but with the formalisation of the borders of the Kruger National Park, the hunting ceased and the photography took over.
- Tours of the Sugar Refinery may be arranged. Malalane is one of the largest sugar-growing towns in the country
- Leopard Creek outside Malalane, once home to the Sunshine Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Golf Championship, is one of the world’s most exclusive golf courses with views into the Kruger National Park over the Crocodile River.
- Malelane Gate offers entrance to the Kruger National Park, just a couple of kms outside the town
- The quaint little town of Hectorspruit was the site of Paul Kruger’s last speech before departing these shores for The Netherlands, where he died. The Transvaal Treasury (known as the Kruger Millions) were rumoured to be buried nearby.
- Matsamo Cultural Village at the Jeppe’s Reef Border Post, south of Malalane, gives visitors an insight into the rich SiSwati culture.