Hotels in and around the Hazyview suburb
Hazyview enjoys prime positioning, just kilometres from the world-acclaimed Kruger National Park in South Africa's province of Mpumalanga. In addition, it is nestled at the foot of the imposing Drakensberg Mountain Range. These stunning surrounds set the scene for an idyllic holiday destination for the family, couple, or honeymooners seeking an African getaway.
The wealth of natural beauty translates to plenty of walking, hiking and cycling trails, as well as opportunities for sightseers and adventure travellers to take advantage of the landscape for their own particular preference.
Hazyview was involved is gold mining at about the same time that the gold rush happened in the nearby province of Gauteng. The wealth that this implied created a viable economy in the area and played a pivotal role in the development of the Lowveld.
Hazyview's close proximity to major metropolis (such as Johannesburg) is of great convenience. From both Johannesburg and Mozambique, Hazyview is accessed from the N4 motorway until Nelspruit, and from there on the R40. The City Bug Bus is a service that is designed to transport tourists along this route, should you not have a personal vehicle at your disposal.
International visitors should fly into Johannesburg international airport, OR Tambo, and then drive from there.
Most visitors to this area will be visiting nearby game farms and parks. It is wise to have a vehicle with 4 x 4 capabilities if you will not be making use of the vehicles and tours at your lodge (if applicable). The roads inside the park are usually gravel- or sand roads and regular vehicles do not cope as well as 4-wheel drives.
Should you require a cab, you or your hotel / lodge should phone a reliable service for one. Do not use the minibus taxis, unless you are completely familiar with local languages and customs and are satisfied with their roadworthiness.
The Kruger National Park is one of the world's most famous and desirable destinations. It is home to countless animals, birds, insects and plants. These include the Big 5, which are made up of the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros. Seeing these majestic beasts in their natural terrain is a humbling memory that will stay in your mind and heart for years to come. In addition are buck, snakes, warthogs, birds of prey, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, springbuck and so on.
A fantastic and rather different, way to experience the fauna and flora of South Africa is from the breath-taking heights of a hot air balloon. This is non-invasive, meaning that animals are not scared off by noise or machinery, and provides a 360-degree perspective of one of the world's most spectacular natural landscapes – the African bushveld. Consult with your tour operator regarding hot air balloon tours in this area and book well ahead of time to secure your opportunity.
Mkhuhlu is home to stunning forests and waterfalls. This is the perfect day trip and is sure to impress. There are hiking and walking trails available through the forest, so wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.
In addition, be sure to add Pilgrim's Rest, God's Window and Blyde River Canyon to your itinerary when visiting Hazyview.
South Africa's summers are between December and February and its winters between June and August. Hazyview and Mpumalanga experience hot summers and cool, rainy winters. Temperatures average from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius on a summer day and reach a comfortable 15 to 20 degrees in winter. July is the coldest month, where night time lows reach about 7 degrees.
Mpumalanga is listed as a malaria area. Before leaving your home country, consult with a travel doctor and be sure to begin your course of prophylactics at the proper time. Treat your clothes and bedding with antimalarial sprays and sleep under a mosquito net at night. While outside, wear light clothing that covers your neck, arms and legs, and that cannot be penetrated by a mosquito.
Sun damage is being addressed the world over. South Africa is a sunny destination, and precautions are essential to avoid the pain and permanent damage caused by UV rays. A high-factor sunscreen as well as a sunhat, sunglasses and clothing that covers exposed areas is advised.
HIV / AIDS is a major problem in South Africa. Do not engage in any unprotected sex, regardless of colour, creed or promises. Do not assist any person that is bleeding without protective rubber gloves, and do not administer mouth-to-mouth without the proper mouth covers (in case of mouth ulcers and less obvious bleeding).
It is advised that you bring your prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that you can restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor. Ensure that your tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
Consult with your travel agent and your accommodation provider to ascertain which areas of Hazyview and Mpumalanga should be avoided. Do not walk around the towns or tourist attractions with large amounts of cash on you and do not accept help from strangers. Should you require help at the ATM's, it is safest to go into the bank for assistance. Stick with your tour group, if applicable, and do not stray off alone. Ask any officials, including policemen, to see their identification cards before accepting help. Make a note of their names and ID numbers. No police official has the right to ask you to pay for something immediately. If they do, go to the nearest police station and report them. Do not, under any circumstance, pick up hitchhikers.