Nelspruit has grown from humble beginnings as a railway station in 1892 to the flourishing economic, industrial and tourism hub - and provincial capital - of Mpumalanga. Located in the fertile Crocodile River valley, Nelspruit's sub-tropical lowveld climate is perfectly suited for the vibrant fruit growing industry, and provides a pleasant environment to live in, with rich areas of natural bush in abundance and lilac jacaranda and purple bougainvilla as well as other shrubs lining the roads. Nelspruit is also the gateway to the Kruger National Park - and Mozambique - and is serviced by an excellent road and air infrastructure, making it accessible to tourists and businessmen alike. Nelspruit has now been renamed to Mbombela - meaning 'Lots of people together in a small place'. WHAT TO DO Nelspruit provides the perfect springboard to the Kruger National Park, as well as many luxury safari destinations. Tourism towns such as White River, Sabie, Hazyview and Graskop are within easy reach and provide access to natural attrtations, such as the iconic Blyde River Canyon, and the myriad of hiking trail that criss-cross the lush vegetation. The historic towns of Barberton and Pilgrim's Rest are also accessible - and trace the gold mining history of Mpumalanga. For the active and adventurous, visit the Mankele Mountain Bike Park - or stop off at the magnificent Sudwala Caves. The drive from Nelspruit to the Lebombo border post to Mozambique is also arguably one of the most beautiful routes in the country. HISTORY OF NELSPRUIT Nelspruit / Mbombela dates back to 1892, starting off as a railway station built on a farm owned by the Nel family. The place, Nelspruit ( Nels stream), attracted traders and farmers because of the natural richness of the soil, adequate water for irrigation and a level valley floor. Though badly cursed with Malaria in the early years, Nelspruit grew to be one of the largest producers of tobacco, litchis, mangoes, avocados etc. Today Nespruit keeps the pulse of a growing province in South Africa.