Nelspruit, officially renamed Mbombela, the Siswati word for “a lot of people together in a small space”, is the capital of the Mpumalanga province and acts as a major stopover for tourists travelling to the Kruger National Park and to Mozambique. The whole area invokes the idea of a 'Garden of Eden', with a flourishing fruit industry and countless waterfalls which drop from dramatic cliff faces.
With the economic development of the N4 Maputo Corridor, the city has transformed into a gateway for neighbouring markets, a business centre and a provincial capital.
Today, Nelspruit property prices are soaring and the city’s economy benefits from its close proximity to Mozambique and Swaziland. As so many tourists travel to Nelspruit, buying a house or flat for sale with the view of renting it out is extremely popular amongst investors. Commercial properties and farms for sale in Nelspruit are also popular amongst buyers as the area is a key manufacturing and agricultural hub for north-eastern South Africa. Find out more about the houses for sale and flats to rent in Nelspruit below.
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• Game: Whether you enjoy a day’s game drive or a weekend away at a game reserve, Nelspruit homeowners are a short drive away from some of the most magnificent game viewing in Africa.
• Culture: Nelspruit has a highly visible cultural heritage which today mirrors the very evolution of Southern Africa. From early San rock art to the beadwork of the modern day Swazi and Ndebele people; the area is a treasure of artistic and cultural diversity. Apart from the displays to be found in museums and art galleries, the emphasis today is to recreate the past in living museums and villages where visitors can experience the many aspects of these interesting cultures.
• History: The nearby Sudwala caves became a place of Swazi legend. The dolomite caves were a safe haven for Prince Somquba, who sought refuge here from persecution. He eventually died, but the rest of the survivors sought refuge in the caves under the leadership of a tribal councillor named Sudwala.
Living in Nelspruit
• Schools: There are several independent and government schools in and around Nelspruit. Some of these include Curro, Nelspruit Primary and High School and Penryn College which offers a selection of cultural and sporting activities as well as boarding facilities.
• Shopping: When you buy a house in Nelspruit, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. There are several malls, smaller centres and stand-alone shops to browse.
• Air travel: Nelspruit is within easy driving distance (12km) of the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
• Sport: The Mbombela Stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and has a capacity of 46 000.