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Living in Mbombela, South Africa:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Mbombela, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 27 people living in Mbombela what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you’re moving to Nelspruit you’ll enjoy an abundance of beauty, with warm summers and not so cold winters. You have access to all you needs within close proximity no matter what area you stay in. It’s an amazing and safe area to raise kids, but school placement is a challenge as the majority of the schools in the area are on maximum intake levels, unless you can afford private school. There’s a spoil of local activities in and around the area with so many opportunities to view wildlife, due to being so close to Kruger Park and other reserves and sanctuaries. It’s the ultimate town to raise kids and settle down in.

Sheree’s, says: 2023

Anyone moving to my city must expect beautiful mountains and a lot of mountain waterfalls.

Andrew, says: 2023

Nelspruit is close to Kruger National Park, the biggest wildlife park in South Africa, where you van view lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, etc.

This is a small city known as the city of the rising sun. There are several options to explore wildlife and also to have panoramic experience when you decide to have a drive out to clear your head. It is multi cultural and full of loving and welcoming communities. There are multiple areas of entertainment within the city. This city is very close to one of the most widely known game reserve park, which is just a few kilometers away.

Alrina, says: 2020

Nelspruit is very a small town. Very green and surrounded by mountains. It is multi-cultured with people who speak different languages. A small town filled with coal mines and industries. Everyone literally knows everyone. It it next to the largest national park, the Kruger National Park, so it has the largest tourist base.

Prudence, says: 2020

It’s a good city and it has great view for tourists attraction. Anybody can feel at home because it’s a very welcoming place and there are a lot of places they can visit like mountain view and the zoo and all sorts of good things you might imagine.

My city is a beautiful place to live in especially if you are a person who loves the outdoors. It is very hot during summer time and the winter is relatively cool. We have juicy fruits throughout all four seasons. We even have the largest game park in the country, where you could possibly see the big five. It’s a beautiful city.

Kaylin, says: 2020

Nelspruit- a gateway to Mpumalanga Province- it is also a gateway to Kruger National Park. This is where you can experience the safari adventures, bushveld and the big outdoors. Kruger National Park is home to South Africa’s big five namely Lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino and the leopard and other thrilling wild animals.

Margaret, says: 2020

My city, Nelspruit, is a beautiful place rich with diverse cultures. It is also surrounded by beautiful tourist attractions, offering people both the cultural and urban feel. It offers a wide variety of entertainment, which caters any age group. Nelspruit is also a perfect place for anyone who wants to move with their family.

Malvern, says: 2020

Nelspruit is the capital city of the Mpumalanga province, it is now known as Mbombela. It is mostly populated with Swazi or SiSwati speaking residents. It has one of the biggest animal park in the globe, Kruger National Park, the famous cave, Sudwala caves and Sabie waterfalls. All these places are impressive stopping points for tourists.

Sibonile, says: 2020

There is a moderate crime rate, the temperature is always high and it has a dense population but the people are nice. The are always police officers available if one needs help and the schools are top class. We have a lot of simple amenities compared to large cities like Johannesburg, we are mostly surrounded by nature.

Chavez, says: 2020

Nelspruit is very large and beautiful. Crime rates are high. You may have to be very vigilant and careful if you are walking in the city. Unlike most cities where you would find the city filled with smokes and noises. Nelspruit is very peaceful and eco-friendly.

My city is called “The place of the rising sun”. It can get very hot during the summer. It is very interesting as it has people from different cultures. There is KNP where you can interact with the wildlife, specifically the Big 5. There are also many places you can go to for sightseeing.

Nikita, says: 2020

The city of Nelspruit is the capital city of the Mpumalanga provincial government. The city enjoys a warmer weather pattern on average, annually. So, that means the city doesn’t conform to the seasonal changes, especially winter. The city takes pride on the fact that it has one of the largest game reserve in Africa, on its land.

Bronwyn, says: 2020

Nelspruit is a beautiful city with a lot of interesting sights to see especially if you are an outgoing individual. We have places like the cradle of humankind which tells a deep history about the beginning of the human race and how much we have changed and developed as a species.

Shumani, says: 2020

My city is a tourist destination; it attracts people from all over the world. Our university ranks top among other universities in the faculty of law. My city is rich in agriculture, especially avocados. And last but not least, my city is a very peaceful place to reside permanently.

Aaqilah, says: 2020

It is a cultural place, most people values their culture. Soccer is definitely one of their favourite and business takes a cup. People prefer gatherings or get together for communication especially sports reasons. They are loving people to around. Lastly one of the most interesting part is that it’s a place with lot of vacation areas.

Tsungai, says: 2020

When moving to Nelspruit, please note that the roads are very windy as they move to the contours of the many mountains. There are many water bodies, however there is no ocean. The weather is mostly warm and humid, but it does get quite chilly during winter. Amenities are within close range of all suburbs.

Prudence, says: 2020

Our is city is a beautiful place full of daisies and awesome mountains.Our city is small but very refreshing and it full of nature.Nelspruit is small city but it’s the richest because it has gold in a very small town call Barberton were there is a lot of gold mines!

Anathi, says: 2020

There are a lot of mountains and valleys. It is difficult to walk long distances due to the fact that the place is not flat. One should be ready to face the hot summer sun during the day in summer season.The city has beautiful nature reserves and heritage places that are exciting.

Nelspruit has a high unemployment rate, almost everyone here is self employed. It is very crucial for one to be creative and business minded if they want to survive in this city. It is a naturally warm place but tends to be a bit too much for others. Traffic is crazy!

Wilfred, says: 2020

Nelspruit is a beautiful city based in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The temperature here is very hot which can be advantageous to you if you like plants, you can have your own garden and plant fruits and vegetables of your choice. It has many places of adventure and you can always drive around mountains and enjoy nature. It is a cool place for a person that wants peace of mind.

Naledi, says: 2020

It is a nature-filled city with beautiful scenery and is the perfect getaway to help clear one’s mind. Nelspruit allows one to experience all four season in a very comfortable setting.

Fadzai, says: 2020

In the province of Mpumalanga, a term that means “Place of the Sunrise.” It’s a beautiful little town that is surrounded by trees and breathtaking landscapes. Nelspruit is in fact, an old name for the City of Mbombela. The local government of Mpumalanga renamed the city from its apartheid name to Mbombela, the name given to it by its original inhabitants.

Sinethemba, says: 2020

Nelspruit is a very beautiful city with a lot of tourism attractions. The populations is dominated by Swati speaking people. The people are friendly and very welcoming. The shopping malls are safe. It’s easy to navigate the streets. The buildings are beautiful and the streets are clean. You can buy things at reasonable prices.

Natasha, says: 2020

Nelspruit is a lovely city. It is the capital of Mpumalanga province and is a major tourist hub due to its proximity to the Kruger national park. Its relatively quiet environment and friendly people makes it welcoming and easy to settle. Job opportunities are above the national average. Good schools, hospitals and other social amenities makes Nelspruit conducive for family life.

Onkemetse, says: 2020

Nelspruit is a wonderful city. It is the capital of Mpumalanga province. It has a population of largely friendly people. It is very close to one of the world’s major national parks, the Kruger national park, thus provides a good opportunity to visit the park. It has cheap accommodation for both renting or buying. There are two major hospitals and several good schools.

Vutomi, says: 2020

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