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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Nelspruit / Mbombela

Afrikaans name: Nelspruit

The city of Nelspruit also known as Mbombela

Nelspruit (Mbombela)

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Nelspruit was renamed to Mbombela in 2009 but it is unclear whether the correct process was followed in making this decision, so it is currently referred to as either Nelspruit or Mbombela.

Nelspruit is the capital and largest city in Mpumalanga province. It is situated near the south-western corner of Kruger National Park and many visitors to Kruger National Park travel through Nelspruit.

The city is 100 km away from the border with Mozambique and residents of that country make a lot of shopping trips to Nelspruit. Heavily loaded vans and trailers are a common sight on the highway leading to Mozambique.

One of the features of the city is the Mbombela Stadium which was constructed for the 2010 football world cup. The stadium features design elements made to resemble zebras and giraffes.

The area around Nelspruit is well-known for it citrus production.


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 134

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 697 - Author: - Year Published: 2020 - Page: 16

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 295

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 146

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 133

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 190

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 269

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 29

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 124

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