Nelspruit is a small town of nearly 60,000 inhabitants, whose metropolitan area reaches 200,000. The city is the capital of the province of Mpumalanga, which is located 660 meters above sea level in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River at about 330 km from Johannesburg and only 100 km from the border with Mozambique.
Founded at the beginning of the twentieth century by the Boers, Nelpruit is an important mining town and is located at the center of a rich agricultural area where are cultivated citrus and tropical fruits. The city is located along the important road that leads from Johannesburg to Mozambique and the port of Maputo. To the north -east of the city lies the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, which has flights to other cities in the country and is often used for those visiting the Kruger Park, the most famous park in South Africa.
Nelspruit is a beautiful city surrounded by hills and characterized by tree-lined streets. The city has an interesting botanical garden which has a large collection of plants which includes most of the flora in the region of Mpumalanga. From the tourist point of view the city is a base for tourists who head to the Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Swaziland and Mozambique.
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