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Nelspruit / Mbombela, Mpumalanga

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

One of 9 Botanical Gardens in South Africa, it is the Lowveld Botanical Garden that possess one of the largest South African fig tree collections. Home to the largest man-made African Rain Forest it lies in an area of approximately 160ha on both sides of the Crocodile River and the two sides are joined by two bridges.

Gates open 08h00 – 17h00
Small entrance fee is charged at the gate.

Lowveld National Botanical Garden - photo ©


Enjoy lunch in this small and friendly historical town or a picnic on the escarpment. Wild horses roam the area and the town is famous for great quality country shops and the mysterious Adam’s Calendar nearby.

Kaapsehoop -  photo ©

Chimpanzee Eden

Situated within the beautiful 1,000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, 15 kilometres outside Nelspruit, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their natural habitats in Africa.

60min tours daily at 10h00, 12h00 and 14h00
Entrance fees are charged for the tours.

Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Barberton Makhondjwa Geotrail

The oldest well-preserved sequence of volcanic and sedimentary rocks spanning the time period of 3.5 – 3.2 billion years ago. The trail has 11 marked points, including Lebombo view which is 25km out on the trail. This is a beautiful lookout and perfect for a picnic. At this point there are examples of all the rock formations with descriptions for each. There are no toilets or cellular phone reception on the route, but travelers with passports can cross the border into Swaziland and visit the excellent mining museum just 2km from the border where there are toilet facilities and a restaurant.

Barberton Makhondjwa Geotrail - photo ©

The Panorama Route

One of the country's most scenic self-drives, the Panorama Route, explores the Mpumalanga highlands, or the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. In these rugged mountains the plateau comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt, falling steeply away into the Lowveld accompanied by incredible views out over the grasslands of Africa.

The Panorama Route - Berlin Waterfall - photo ©

The most popular stretch of the route is the R532 that winds its way from the town of Sabie via a selection of graceful waterfalls - the Sabie Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Mac Mac Falls - to God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the three Rondawels.

The Panorama Route - Three Rondavels & Brlydepoort Dam - photo ©

God's Window

The clue to the splendour of this attraction is certainly in the title. God’s Window is the most prime spot on the Panorama Route from which you will get a panoramic view of the Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon in the world. Standing on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment, you look down over the cliffs that plunge almost a kilometre down to the Lowveld, which then stretches out to what seems to be the edge of the earth.

God's Window - Panorama Route - photo ©

The Panorama Route Interactive Map

To explore the interactive Google Map below, click any of the red numbered icons on the map or the info icon to the left on the map's menu bar:


Safety Precautions for Covid-19

Christie's at 32 on Russell have taken every prescribed measure to ensure the health & safety of our guests, staff and other visitors. You may confidently visit our “Oasis in the city”, knowing that your safety is in good hands.

Following the guidelines of the Southern African Tourism Services Association, The Centre of Disease Control (CDC) & World Health Organization, Christie's at 32 on Russell have;

  • Put stringent cleaning procedures in place across the entire property using prescribed anti-bacterial and disinfectant detergents.
  • Acquired a state of the art ULV fogging machine to sanitize each guest room on a daily basis.
  • Provided antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer in each guest room and in public rest rooms.
  • Strategically situated hand sanitizer stations in all public and service areas.
  • Provided staff with all the necessary personal protective equipment and CDC training
  • Implemented temperature monitoring of staff, guests & members of the public.
  • Made provision for social distancing protocols.



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