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South Africa's spectacular scenery and wildlife are the big draws in Hazyview, in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The small farming town is close to the nation's most renowned private game reserves, in addition to the world-famous Kruger National Park. During the hot summer months, a shimmering haze hovers above the town, giving its name.
One of the largest game reserves on the continent, the lush tropical forests, bush plains, and mountains of the park are home to a wealth of animal life, including elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, and much more.
From hot air ballooning to elephant rides, quad biking, helicopter tours, and much more, you'll find many tour operators in the area offering a wide range of outdoor adventures.
Take plenty of photographs of the breathtaking vistas you'll experience at Blyde River Canyon, the third-largest river canyon in the world.
Take a tour of the Shangana Cultural Village to learn about the lifestyle and traditions of the indigenous Shangana people, including the opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Although small, the town is home to more than 35 restaurants and fast food outlets, many offering gourmet fare fueled by the rich agricultural land of the region.
With its tropical climate, Hazyview is a true year-round destination. Many visitors from outside the region choose the cooler, drier season from April to October.
The O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB) is located about 242 miles southwest of Hazyview. Bus shuttle service is the most inexpensive option to Hazyview, starting at about R1,400.
Hazyview is accessible via route R40 from Witrivier, with connections from there to Johannesburg and Mozambique.
There are bus connections from Johannesburg to nearby Nelspruit, along with private shuttles daily between Johannesburg and Hazyview.
Stay in luxury with a local and contemporary flavor at Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa, including a pool, spa, and gorgeous rose garden. Casa do Sol offers a taste of Mediterranean flair with a convenient location near the elephant sanctuary.
Hazyview - Hazyview sprawls over a relatively large area along highway R40, with most of the downtown area located north of R536. This is where you will find a concentration of restaurants and many accommodations options.
Nkambeni - this small town just south of Hazyview is where you will find alternate accommodations and shopping, along with the Nkambeni Safari Camp and other attractions.
White River - this small town about 25 miles south of Hazyview boasts a thriving arts and culture scene to discover along with farming holidays, and the famous Crocodile River Valley.
There is no public transit system per se in Hazyview, but a number of private shuttle companies, including Bushveld Link and Thula Seats, offer trips between Hazyview, Kruger Park, Nelspruit, and other towns in the area.
There are a number of taxi companies offering service in and around Hazyview.
A car rental is a good way to explore the region, with compact rentals starting at R385 per day, although an SUV or other 4X4 may be a more practical choice for adventuring, with rentals that start at R285 per day.
Most shopping options are located near the conjunction of R40 and R536, including the Lowveld Shopping Mall, along with smaller stores.
Checkers and Shoprite are two of the supermarkets you'll find in Hazyview. A dozen eggs costs around R20, while two quarts of milk costs about R25.
Try Pioneer's Grill for a menu of classic steakhouse favorites in an elegant dining room. Main dishes start at R17. Tanks Bush Pub offers bar favorites like burgers and chicken wings in a casual ambiance, with mains starting at R5.