76,495 km2 (29,535 sq mi)
When the South African sun rises in the morning, this is where it happens. Mpumalanga (meaning “sunrise”) ushers in the first light of day with its motto Omnia labor vincit (Labour will conquer all) as the country prepares to go to work. The second smallest province constitutes 6.5% of South Africa’s land area. The Drakensberg Escarpment divides Mpumalanga into a westerly half consisting mainly of the Highveld altitude and an eastern half situated in low altitude subtropical lowveld/bushveld, mostly savanna habitat. Some of the oldest rocks on earth are to be found in the Barberton area and these ancient greenstones and metamorphosed granites form the Crocodile River Mountains in the south-east of the province. No visit to Mpumalanga is ever complete without a stop at the world-famous Kruger National Park to see the Big 5, as well as the spectacular views of the Sudwala Caves and the Blyde River Canyon.