Nelspruit is the capital of Mpumalanga and lies on the Crocodile River. The place is named after the Nel family who settled here because of the fertile valleys. After them, more and more farmers and traders came, making the place grow considerably. The fertile soil and the subtropical climate have made Nelspruit one of the largest producers of citrus and tropical fruits (avocados, mangoes, bananas, lichees) tobacco and various nuts (macadamia, pecan).
Due to its ideal location on the N4, Nelspruit is often chosen as a base for the Kruger Park. The KMIA airport (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) is just outside the city and the border of Mozambique is less than 60 km from Nelspruit. An ideal stop if you are on the road to the Kruger Park or the Panorama Route and do not want to drive the entire distance on 1 day.
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Not far from Nelspruit you will find Kaapsche Hoop, a popular place for residents of pretoria and Johannesburg to spend a quiet weekend away. Kaapsche Hoop is a small, historic and also popular tourist town. Here you will find free-range herds of wild horses and you can walk in nature or go horse riding.