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

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

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

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

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 269

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

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

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 295

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

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


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