MAHALA WEEK: 21-27 September 2015

#tourismmonthMP focus on bringing #Mpumalanga to the people – MAHALA, FREE and GRATIS

For the first time the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) introduces MAHALA WEEK in its Nature Reserves as part of the Tourism month initiatives.

Loskopdam Nature Reserve Photo: MTPA (supplied)

MTPA have their own Reserves, I hear you ask. Yes!

“We have a total of 11 provincial nature reserves throughout the province which will be open to the public during that week and we trust that the public will take advantage of this opportunity and explore and appreciate the
wildlife and natural heritage surrounding some of our communities”, said Mr Abe Sibiya, Acting Chief Executive Officer of MTPA in a press release earlier this year.

Songimvelo Nature Reserve Photo: MTPA (supplied)

While access to the better known Blyde River Canyon will only be FREE on 22 September, you can visit one of the Reserves listed below throughout the week and not pay any entrance fee – MAHALA.

The free access into the selected nature reserves is strictly for day visitors only and does not include accommodation or other Tourism activities on offer at those reserves.

Mdala Nature Reserve Photo: MTPA (supplied)

I’ve listed the closest town(s) in brackets in an effort to assist with direction, but this is a guide only:
Manyeleti (Hoedspruit)
Songimvelo (Barberton)
Mbombela (Middelburg)
Mahushe Shongwe (Komatipoort)
Mthethomusha (Nelspruit)
Ohrigstad Dam (between Pilgrim’s Rest and Mashishing)
SS Skosana (Bronkhorstspruit)
Mdala (Middelburg)
Loskop Dam (Middelburg)
Blyde River Canyon (Graskop/Hoedspruit)

Songimvelo Nature Reserve Photo: MTPA (supplied)
Songimvelo Nature Reserve offers 4 of the Big 5 Photo: MTPA (supplied)

For more info contact Londy Dos Santos on 082 092 3913 or visit

GOOD TO KNOW: In order to be allowed free access, visitors will be required to present their South African Identity Documents. Terms and conditions apply.

Text source: MTPA press release 14 September 2915


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