- Malalane (Malelane)
Malelane, or "Malalane" as it became known in July 2007 after the Department of Art and Culture published a correction in the spelling, is a small farming town nestled in the Crocodile River valley just outside the Kruger National Park. The area is surrounded by lush bush and farms producing sugarcane, subtropical fruit and winter vegetable.
The town has a slow pace and is the perfect getaway where you can exchange the city life for privacy and seclusion. The locals are laid back and friendly, in fact it is known that one of the original roots of Malalane came from the Swazi term “lala” which means “to sleep”.
The Malalane Gate is one of the main entrances to the southern part of the Kruger Park so the little town caters mostly for visitors to the Park, providing excellent facilities and some wonderful lodges in the surrounding area, even the Spar and Pick 'n Pay have moved in so you can be fully stocked if staying self-catering units.
Malalane is the perfect bird lovers’ destination. Game drives and the incredible experience of the bush as night is what keeps visitors to the area coming back again and again!
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Boondocks Labyrinth
- Malelane Kruger Gate
- Crocodile Bridge Kruger Gate
- Kruger National Park
- Nukain Mabusa Stone Garden – Louw’s Creek
- Malelane Golf Course
- Leopard Creek Golf Course
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with November, December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 19˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 26˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas. Road trips from Johannesburg to Malalane on the N12 and N4 will take just over 4 hours.
April – Mpumalanga Wine Show: the best of the Cape wines are brought to the Lowveld with over 60 well known producers present. Held in Nelspruit
June – Innibos: Nelspruit’s biggest festival and voted the best festival in the country by Kyknet. A festival hosting the best in South African Music
The small town started as the original stop between Lourenςo Marques and Pretoria. The area was originally a bush area and was known as The Kruger Shooting Concession and where Leopard, Lion and Buffalo were often shot for sport. Hunting stopped in 1926 when the area was proclaimed as The Kruger National Park and visitors now came to see the animals and no longer hunt them.
The peculiar move of the official renaming of the town from “Malelane” to “Malalane”, as part of the governments renaming scheme by the South African Geographical Council, was met with some confusion as many thought the name was already a native name. It also proved costly to many businesses in the area.
Inside Malalane (Malelane)
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