Kaapmuiden (Cape Mouth) is a small farming town situated just the N4 highway between Nelspruit and Malelane and is marked by a large abandoned silo which has been painted to attract visitors to the town.

As with most small towns between the main tourist spots of Mpumalanga, Kaapmuiden has little to offer in the way of attractions, but this quaint town is worth a stop, even if just to admire the beautiful old-style tin roofed houses that line the main street.

There are some deep pools in the De Kaap River which offers excellent fishing spots and local farmers combined to form an eco-mountain reserve where game such as Buffalo, Rhino, Kudu and Nyala can roam free which allows for some game farm viewing, biking and hiking trails.

The town is only 25 km away from the world famous Kruger National Park and local farmers usually provide accommodation in lodge style or guest house settings for travelers who want to overnight.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see

Climate

Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with November, December and January seeing the highest levels.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 19˚C and 31˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 26˚C.

Transport

There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas with Kaapmuiden only half an hour away along the N4. Road trips from Johannesburg to Kaapmuiden on the N12 and N4 will take just over 4 hours.

Festivals

April – Mpumalanga Wine Show: the best of the Cape wines are brought to the Lowveld with over 60 well known producers present. Held in Nelspruit

June – Innibos: Nelspruit’s biggest festival and voted the best festival in the country by Kyknet. A festival hosting the best in South African Music

History

The town once served as a junction on the Pretoria to Delagoa Bay Railway line and is home to a large number of Swazi speaking people who settled here in the 1830’s after the war with the Zulu King Shaka.

The area surrounding the town has large Pawpaw and other fruit plantations such as sugarcane, winter vegetables and other subtropical fruit.

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