town in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Komatipoort is a small, quiet tourist town of 4,700 people (2011) in the lowveld of South Africa, bordering on the Kruger National Park and Mozambique. with some attractive tree-lined streets. It is one of the hottest towns in South Africa where temperatures can reach almost 48°C in the height of summer, but also with a perfect winter climate around 24 °C (75 °F).

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'Komati' takes its name from the Komati River whose original native Swazi name is Nkomazi, translated as "river of cows". It is where the Crocodile and Komati Rivers meet to flow through the 'Poort' (mountain pass) through the Lebombo Mountains into Mozambique.

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Komatipoort is on the N4, the main road artery through Mpumalanga that links Pretoria with Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.

An overnight train service from Johannesburg is provided by Shosholoza Meyl[dead link] several times per week. A connecting train to and from Maputo are available just across the border in neighboring Ressano Garcia. 1 Komatipoort station is centrally located along Hutton St.

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Map of Komatipoort

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Kruger Park. Day trips to Maputo or Eswatini (Swaziland). Samora Machel monument.

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Tiger fishing, golf, wildlife viewing, elephant-back safari.

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  • 1 Kitsc-Inn, 7 Flamingo St, +27 13 793-7651. Has a small dining area for the guesthouse residents and for the public.

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Make sure that you carry an ample supply of water at all times. Average summer temperatures are around 33°C and humidity is very high, and the winter temperature of 28°C is perfect.

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  • 1 Orchards Farm Cottages, Komatipoort (Off N4, 4km from Mozambique border), +27 82 495-5466. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 10:00. Orchards Farm Cottages is a self-catering/B&B establishment 12 km from Crocodile Bridge Gate to the Kruger Park and 4 km from the Mozambique border post. R280-375.
  • Trees Too Guest Lodge, 9 to 11 Furley St, +27 13 793-8262, fax: +27 86 657-1195, .
  • 2 Tigerfish lodge, 7 Flamingo St, +27 13 793-7651. Air conditioned accommodation in 3-star self-catering apartments. Breakfasts, lunch or dinner available at the on-site restaurant Kitsch-Inn. Secure parking and private braai facilities, and pool.

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Mozambique and Eswatini are both within easy reach

The Crocodile Bridge camp and entrance into the Kruger National Park is 8 km outside town, north along the R571.

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