Komatipoort, or Komatiepoort as it is also spelt, is a lush sub-tropical town situated at the juncture between the Komati and Crocodile Rivers, just 3 km from the Lebombo Border Post between South Africa and Mozambique.
Essentially a quaint border post town, Komatipoort is far more than just a stopover spot. Lying just 8 kilometres from the Crocodile Bridge Gate into the Kruger National Park, 3 kilometres from the Mozambique border and only 65 kilometres from the Swazi border - makes day trips to any of these places holiday destinations incredibly easy!
Malaria is under control, but Komatipoort is still one of the hottest places in South Africa, with temperatures often reaching 40˚C in Summer, and crazy temperatures of 26˚C in Winter. Also, this sedate little town is just a hop and a skip away from the coastline, where visitors can experience superb fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving not forgetting the flavours of prawn-based culinary delights offered by neighbouring Mozambique!
Accommodation includes the Komatipoort River Chalets, a Hotel, Lodges and a few Guest Houses and B&B’s.
Things to do and see
- Lebombo 4X4 Trail
- Tiger Fishing on the Komati River
- Kruger National Park
- Guided Safari Tours
- Hiking Trails
- Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Course
- Boondocls Labyrinth, Kaapmuiden
Komatipoort receives approximately 716 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 18˚C and 35˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 27˚C.
Komatipoort is named after the Nkhomati River, a Swazi word meaning “river of cows”. It was established in 1890 by the Dutch railroad company who constructed the railway from the Mozambique border to Pretoria.
The town became the depot and construction camp of the Dutch company, the Netherlandsche Zuidafrikaansche Spoorweg Maatschappy, during the building of the Eastern Line.
During the Ango-Boer War, Komatipoort was the base for the celebrated Colonel Ludwig Steinacker and his forty thieves.
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