The “Gateway to Mpumalanga” but also and maybe most importantly the gateway to the Kruger National Park – one of South Africa’s tourism flagships.
Nelspruit is known as “The Gateway to Mpumalanga” and is situated on the banks of the Crocodile River. Maybe most importantly Nelspruit is the entryway to the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s top tourism destination, and reachable
by Thula Seats road shuttle transfer or by air.
The Greater Kruger National Park includes Private Nature Reserves such as Sabi Sabi, Sabi Sand, Mala Mala, Manyeleti, Thornybush, Timbavati, Klaserie, Balule and Geurnsey. Kruger national Park was established in 1898 by President
Paul Kruger. The Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.
The greater Kruger National Park consists of almost 2, 2 Million hectares of vibrant unspoilt natural beauty, ready to be explored after a shuttle transfer between Nelspruit and Hoedspruit. The Park had rocky beginnings with cattle
farmers from the Highveld regions contending the rights, and wanted cattle to utilize the fertile earth during winter months.
Nelspruit came into being in the year 1905 after the three Nel brothers decided to lay down roots in the green pastures of the Crocodile River. Nelspruit was established as a railway head when the railway between Pretoria and Mozambique
was build. The railway line was completed when President Paul Kruger drove the last bolt home in November 1894, and every citizen was entitled to a free ticket. During the Boer War of 1899 to 1902 the area now known as Nelspruit
was used as control centre for the newly formed South African Republic.
Mbombela – a Swati word meaning many people together in a small place – was chosen as the new name for Nelspruit in 2009, however the official name is almost never used, and almost every resident still refer to this beautiful part
of the Mpumalanga Lowveld as Nelspruit.
The economy of Nelspruit is carried successfully by local businesses, and passes our hospitality towards hundreds of visitors on route to the Kruger National Park annually. Young and old are taken aback by what Nelspruit has on
offer. Visitors from nearby Mozambique and Swaziland are also a common sight since Nelspruit is their closest shopping mecca, offering a world of variety. Nelspruit was originally known as a trading post, and since then have
transformed into one of South Africa’s largest food suppliers.
The weather is sub-tropical and temperatures during the winter months can be a very mild 25 degrees Celsius, summer can be hot and temperatures can climb up to well above 30 degrees. The soil is very fertile and the main crops
are tropical fruit, nuts like macadamia and pecan nuts, avocados, mangoes and citrus.
Living in Nelspruit is like having your cake and eating it. You have access to a major city with its shopping malls, casino and now also the Mbombela Stadium where the 2010 Wold Cup Soccer tournament was hosted, but you can also
enjoy everything nature has on offer from day visits to the Kruger National Park or the Lowveld Botanical Gardens. The beautiful panorama route will take your breath away while you visit interesting local sites like silk farms
and coffee plantations. Meeting elephants up close and personal is also a shuttle transfer away.
Nelspruit has two airports, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and the general aviation hub, Nelspruit Airport. The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) is used for scheduled flights to and from Johannesburg,
Cape Town and other cities. The Nelspruit airport on the Kaapschehoop road, south west of Nelspruit is mainly used by private planes and charter companies while air travel is controlled from the KMI Airport. Thula Seats scheduled
shuttle transfers departs from the beautiful Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) near Nelspruit to Hoedspruit on a daily basis.
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport also referred to as "Kruger Airport" among aviators and in the tourism industry. KMIA is an ICAO approved International Airport, with a runway accommodating Boeing 737, 747, 767 and Airbus
series and is 3,100 meters long and 60 meters wide. Conveniences at Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA) include a restaurant, Coffee Shop and a Curio Shop. For the travellers ease there is a Bureau de Change and Automated Teller
Machine (ATM) available. Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) situated near Nelspruit, will be the pick-up point for your Thula Seats shuttle transfer to Hoedspruit via Hazyview.