town in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Malalane is 10 minutes away from Malalane Gate entering Kruger National Park. In 1985 when a new rest camp Berg-en-Dal was opened in Kruger National Park, Malalane Gate was named as one of the main entrances into the park, leading to an increase in tourism in this farming area.

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Crocodile River

Malalane town was planned in the form of a wagon wheel and the town was established on 6 July 1949.

Malalane means “the place of small lala palms". King Mswati’s Emlalani regiment was named after where the town now stands.

The farms in the region produce sugarcane, subtropical fruit and winter vegetables.

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Use the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

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Take the N4 highway east from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Have cash at hand for the toll gates. Pass through Mbombela. Malalane is 70 km past Mbombela on the N4.

Travel around Malalane by car and get an eyeful of the beautiful scenery and meandering mountain passes. The Malalane Gate entrance to the Kruger Park is 6 km past Malalane.

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Spoornet operates regular trains west to Johannesburg via Middelburg, Witbank and Pretoria, and east to Komatipoort on the border with Mozambique. From Komatipoort you can take a Mozambiquan train east to Maputo.

The Malalane train station at the corner of Station and Factory Streets.

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Glimpse of Kruger Park from Fish Eagle

Golf clubs include:

  • Leopard Creek Country Club: near Malelane in the heart of Mpumalanga, on the southern border of the Kruger National Park. The 360-hectare development is bordered to the north and the west by the picturesque Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park. Leopard Creek is primarily reserved for the use of members and guests; they do however allow limited booking through selected lodges in the area.
  • Malalane Golf Club: Malalane Golf club is a jewel in the Mpumalanga Lowveld. This beautiful 9-hole course in the picturesque Onderberg loses a real challenge to every golfer.
  • Visit the Kruger National Park

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Inkwazi Shopping Centre in Malalane

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  • Hamiltons - towards the Malalane Gate entrance to the Kruger Park
  • Spar Diner - centre of town

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Malalane offers various lodging ranging from Bed and Breakfast, guesthouses, 4- and 5-star lodges and private game reserves. These include: Malelane Lodge, Pestana Lodge and some bed and breakfasts.

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Take the N4 to Mozambique, even if it's only for sightseeing (passport needed). You can enter Krugerpark at the Malalane Gate. Go towards the south and visit Eswatini/Swaziland (passport needed).

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