Explore your backyard of Malelane
Best known as one of the gateways to the Kruger and home to the world famous Leopard Creek golf course, the small farming town of Malelane has a lot to offer. One of the original meanings for the word Malelane is the Swazi “lala”, which means to sleep, an aptly fitting name for this laid-back and friendly town. It is the centre of the Mpumalanga sugar cane industry and surrounded by tropical fruit and game farms.
- If golf is your game then you are spoilt for choice. Besides the enviable Leopard Creek (www.leopardcreek.co.az), you can swing your clubs at Malelane Golf Club (013 790 0283), Kambaku Golf Club in Komatipoort (082 888 0188), or even share the course with the wildlife at Skukuza Golf Club (013 735 5543).
- If you need some cooling off after a long game drive then pay a visit the Green Mamba water slide at Pestana Kruger Lodge (013 790 2500). The water slides costs R75 per person for three hours and you can enjoy lunch afterwards overlooking the Crocodile River.
- If you need of a little action then why not take in the sights of the Kruger on the back of a quad bike in Marloth Park. Letubi Quad Bikes offers quad bike tours where you can spot some animals on a quiet ride or seek some adventure on their obstacle course. Bird-lovers should also keep an eye out for some exciting birdlife while you explore the park. 076 858 7972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you enjoy fishing then contact Manzini Lodge in Marloth Park www.manzinilodge.co.za. They can organise an outing on a boat to try your hand at Tiger Fishing on the Komati River. Don’t worry no crocs in that river! Dean 082 725 0880.
- If you still feeling energetic give Dirk Lourens Cycles a call on 082 890 6575. He organises mountain biking in the area and you can take in some great tracks and awesome sights cycling along the Crocodile River and in the local farms.
- Kwa Madalwala Private Game Reserve offers a number of activities in the area such as horseback trails, walking trails and the chance to interact with an elephant. www.kwamadwala.net.
- Just out of town, perched up on the hill, is Little Stonehaven and Mountain Range Horseback Trails. Maryke Hastie organises horseback trails for all ages and you can finish off with a picnic overlooking the valley. 076 823 1755 or Facebook/MountainRangeHorsebackTrails
- And if after all this activity you are in need of some refreshments then there are some good options to choose from. The Duck and Dive Saloon (013 790 1258, Facebook/DucknDivePub) for good pub food and great pizzas. Hamiltons Lodge and Restaurant (013 790 3421) where you can sit on the deck while the children play. Make sure you visit Pod Lifestyle for some great décor items or Mvubu Crafts for local crafts situated in the gardens of Hamiltons. The Deck Restaurant (013 790 1246) is on the Crocodile River so watch the animals in the Park while you enjoy your lunch.