During the warm balmy days of summer, a shimmering haze often hovers on the horizon -hence the name of the town. The green subtropical vegetation blends in well with the boisterously colourful bougainvilleas that can be seen almost everywhere. Most of Mpumalanga’s game reserves are situated just east of Hazyview. Kruger Gate, the main entrance to the Kruger National Park and the Skukuza Rest Camp can be reached via the town. Hazyview is centrally situated in a predominantly agricultural area that produces bananas, vegetables, coffee, nuts and spices. It is within easy reach of most of the major tourist attractions in the area, as it is only 35 km from Sabie, 38 km from Graskop, 44 km from White River and 64 km from Nelspruit.

There are mineral baths, several good hotels, caravan parks and holiday resorts in the immediate vicinity.

Adventure And Sport

4X4 Trails: Contact any of the tour operators in town for details about 4×4 routes in the vicinity of the town and elsewhere.

Golf: There are several golf courses in the vicinity of the town, but the most spectacular is probably the 18-hole Skukuza Golf Club in the Kruger National Park, 54 km from Hazyview. Remember to make arrangements beforehand since visitors are welcome on Saturday mornings only.

Hiking and walking: The Matumi Hiking Trail is one of a variety of river walks. A picnic on the riverbank will revive body and soul. There are many other hiking trails near the town, especially in the Sabie/Graskop area.

Horse-riding: Several operators offer tours of the lovely countryside on horseback.

River-rafting: Half-day river rafting trips can be arranged during the rafting season.

Culture/Community Tourism

Shangaan Village: The people of the Shangaan Village near town have received the consent of their local elders to share the traditional Shangaan culture with visitors. Daytime tours depart from the African Market in the centre of the village to the home of a Shangaan family. Midday tours also include dancing and a traditional meal with a Shangaan family. The evening festivals,

however, present a true intercultural experience. As the sun sets, the drums begin their rhythmic beat and the torch procession to the home of the chief starts. The night comes alive with the sounds of the choir singing, the people dancing and the storytellers telling ancient stories of the Shangaan. Take part in this cultural and culinary feast and sit under the starry night sky long after your usual bedtime, rejoicing in the opportunity to be a part of this community.

Fauna And Flora

Banana Industry: Hazyview and bananas are synonymous, as is attested by the many banana plantations around the town. Join the one-hour banana tour and find out more than you ever thought possible about bananas.

Kruger National Park and private reserves: The Numbi Gate of the Kruger Park is situated just 16 km east of the town. The town also provides easy access to a number of private parks and reserves in the area, such as the renowned 70 000 ha Sabie Sand Game Reserve Network where visitors can revel in the African experience while relaxing in man-made luxury.

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