Nelspruit, Mbombela, Mpumalanga

Nelspruit is the capital city of the Mpumalanga Province and is located in the northeastern section of South Africa. The city sits about 110 km from the Mozambique border, 330 km from Johannesburg and 82 km from the Swaziland border.

Nelspruit was established in 1895 by three of the Nel family brothers, who let their cattle graze in the area during the winter season. The town was later used by the Eastern Railways as a halt for the train, which travelled from the Witwatersrand in South Africa to Maputo in Mozambique. When gold was discovered in Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton, the development of the area of increased tremendously. The South African Government made an effort to change the name of Nelspruit to Mbombela in October of 2009.

The Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism took the matter to court, but the court upheld the decision and in May of 2014 the name of Nelspruit was changed to Mbombela.

There are a number of public primary and high schools in Nelspruit, but the amount of private schools are also increasing. The University of Mpumalanga was founded in 2014 and is situated in Nelspruit; its first intake consisted only of 140 students. There is also a Technical and Vocational and Training College in the area. You will also find a satellite campus of the Tshwane University of Technology in Nelspruit, which houses over 1500 students. UNISA supports distance learning and has an office in the City. Research in botany is conducted in the area by the Lowveld Agricultural College.

Nelspruit is on the main trade route that links Johannesburg with Maputo along the N4 Highway. The bus company ‘Buscor (Pty) Ltd’ is the largest in the area and its fleet also includes some articulated vehicles. These vehicles enable the company to transport more passengers, especially in peak hours. The bus company’s main terminal in Nelspruit is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Nelspruit does have its own airport, which has over 100 aircraft that are housed in the area. Most of these aircraft are privately owned and there are also a few commercial aircraft. Due to the length of the runway, the airport is limited in its operation. However, the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport lies only 25 Km away from Nelspruit. This airport carries all the major internal and international air traffic.

Nelspruit serves as the Financial and Banking Capital of the Mpumalanga Province, where all the major banks have their headquarters. There are a number of big shopping complexes in the city these include the Riverside and also the Ilanga shopping malls. In recent years there have been other shopping centres emerging such as The Crossing Shopping Centre and The City Centre. These shopping centres have been made possible because of the tourists. These tourists make Nelspruit their stopover on their way to the Kruger National Park and Mozambique.

Property for sale in Nelspruit is continually in demand with many advantages that encourage potential buyers. Pretoria and Johannesburg are both just over 300 km away and the Mozambique border post is just over 100 km away. The climate is wonderful and the suburbs are quiet with tree-lined streets. Due to its position and transport facilities, traveling to other cities and neighbouring countries is very quick and easy. The property market in Nelspruit not only caters for residential houses and apartments but also has quite a few farms and commercial properties available.

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