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Wild and Wide: Discover Kruger National Park with BON Hotels

Your bucket list of favourite destinations for holidaying in South Africa will no doubt include a trip to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.

The bush and its unique something coupled with the anticipation of seeing the Big Five is lure enough, but if White River is your entry point then you would be remiss not to include a few other awesome experiences in the area, to your travel agenda.

This beautiful, rural countryside of White River in Mpumalanga is peppered with scenic waterfalls, magnificent mountains, lush valleys and the many animals that call this home. It is a wonderful place to explore, and offers plenty of adventure.

More than the Big 5

The self-drive Reptile Route sssssoundsss more horrifying than it actually is and whilst you can stop off at Perry’s Reptile Park, this short day trip slithers its way through the Mpumalanga lowveld offering plenty more to do and see – the views alone are spectacular.

Animal lovers will enjoy the Dinosaur Park and Chimpanzee Eden which is set on a 1 000-hectare game reserve, and is home to chimpanzees that have been misplaced from their natural habitat, bringing the world of these extraordinary primates closer to people through education, tourism and modern technology.

The underground

And the adventure doesn’t stop there, as you move from above-ground to the underground at Sudwala Caves, which formed some 240 million years ago – hour-long tours of the caves are run throughout the day, and a monthly five-hour-long Crystal Tour takes visitors 2 000 metres into the cave. If you time it right, you could be lucky enough to take in a concert or play – in the main hall The Ampitheatre whose sheer size and natural air conditioning make it an ideal performing arts venue.

You auto do this

If it’s cars you are into, then a stop at the Antique Car Museum is a must - the museum is an impressive three-level complex with over 2 000m2 of floor space showcasing over 60 automobiles from as early as 1911, allowing you to get up close and personal with these grand dames of yesteryear.

Orange is the new grape

On your way back, Mike recommends orange wine tasting – yip, they use oranges instead of grapes - at Rottcher Orange Winery located on Casterbrige Farm. Using an age-old tradition of fermentation, they have created a range of unique drinks that incorporate natural zest and goodness. You may even get to meet the distiller himself, Frank Theron, whose innovation and passion for the industry is inspiring.

Tuck in

You’ll no doubt be hungry after driving around, taking in all the sights and sounds, and there are a variety of restaurants to satiate growling tummies. Do stop by Zamani, the in-house restaurant at Destiny Lodge White River by BON – they have just launched a delicious new menu. Or you can tuck into something delectable at Daloose Mongoose, Magnolia, Gumtreez and 64 Coolmore.

Further afield

The outskirts of White River and further afield in Nelspruit, Sabie and Hazyview are also home to many more wonders and attractions from adventure sports to cultural tours, shopping malls, waterfalls and more.

Nestled amidst lush Lowveld hills, just 5 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Destiny Lodge White River by BON offers accommodation and conference facilities.

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Sep 21, 2022

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Nov 18, 2022

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Dec 04, 2022

Good location astounding but the staffs are rude and they make me wait so long for the service. They charge me more than what is on the website and did not refund me the manager is not helping with the issue


Dec 15, 2022

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Jan 07, 2023

I spent the holidays here, I don't know why but during the holidays their reception smells like a piss Id rather not spend my special occasions here

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