Mbombela City Council, South Africa

Mbombela Local Municipality is situated in the Lowveld Region of Mpumalanga, in the North Eastern part of South Africa. Mbombela is a SiSwati term meaning “a lot of people together in a small space” and fittingly describes several areas within the municipality

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The seven wonders of Mbombela



Mbombela is situated in the Province of Mpumalanga. Mpumalanga means “province of the rising sun” and is rich in what it has to offer the visitor. From the white beaches of Mozambique which borders the province in the east to the culturally rich Kingdom of Swaziland in the south–east.



Mbombela, also known as Nelspruit, is an ambitious and progressive city that strives to be a model of excellence for other African cities to follow. As the capital and key centre for Manufacturing, Trade, Catering, Government, Finance, Real Estate, Transport, Communication and Agriculture in the province, the city has, under astute leadership, blossomed from a once sleepy town into a thriving economy. Mbombela is the major service centre for the Lowveld, Mozambique and Swaziland and was a 2010 FIFA World Cup City.



The latest addition to the Mbombela skyline is the magnificent African-themed Mbombela stadium.

A 46,000 capacity sports venue serving as a host to four matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The giant orange “giraffes” or roof columns that dominate the stadium’s façade, give the arena an unmistakable African and Mpumalanga Safari look. As do the black and white criss crossed seats that resemble the hide of a Zebra. Lively Ndebele paintings light up the meeting rooms, foyer and lounge areas, while the stadium corridors are in bright lime green, sky blue and sunset yellow and orange. Wherever possible, the stadium was built using the local labour and materials, thereby boosting the local economy.



With the world-famous Kruger National Park right on its doorstep, Mbombela is the gateway city to a world of abundant natural beauty and wildlife.  Another of South Africa’s most scenic tourism routes, the panorama route, is close by and features some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the country. The wild, fresh air promises to rejuvenate and refresh visitors, while they enjoy the warm climate and friendly local hospitality.



Nelspruit played an important role in the history of South Africa and this history has been preserved through the city’s museums and old buildings. The province’s rich cultural diversity has also been protected and encouraged, resulting in an eclectic mix of friendly people.



As a lively, action-filled city, Mbombela serves as the perfect base for exploring some of the region’s hotspots. From coming face-to-face with Africa’s big five, to an exciting nightlife or a selection of outdoor adventures, the region has something for every visitor. The more adventurous can try skydiving, mountain biking through indigenous forests, kloofing, abseiling, rock climbing, and biking, 4×4 trails, bungee jumping, microliting and parachuting.



Visitors to Mbombela can expect a warm and friendly welcome from its entire people. You would be hard-pressed to find a more laid-back, easygoing population than in this portion of the Mpumalanga province. It is home to the Swazis, Shangaans and Sothos including Ndebele, who are recognized internationally for their artistic talents and craftwork.



Transport Sector

The Maputo development corridor, linking Johannesburg to Maputo, runs through Mbombela.


Trading Sector

Trading mainly occurs in Nelspruit’s CBO, White River, Hazy view and Kanyamazane.


Agricultural Sector

Commercial and subsistence farming in the subtropical climate of Mbombela facilitates the production of a wide variety of crops, namely mangoes, avocados and litchis.


Manufacturing Sector

Furniture, metal, manganese and paper and pulp manufacturers dominate in Mbombela


Financial Sector

Mbombela has a well-established banking and financial sector, which is the second-largest

contributor after the manufacturing sector.


Tourism Sector

Mbombela is a tourism destination for all seasons and focuses on an expanding tourism economy.


Main Attractions

Kruger National Park, Lowveld Botanical Gardens, Dinosaur Park, Sudwala Caves, Croc river Environ park, Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden, Matsulu Cultural Village


Key Facts and Figures

District municipality: Ehlanzeni District Municipality

Population: 527,203

Area covered: 3,411,780 square kilometers

Major towns: Nelspruit, White River, Hazyview, Kaapschehoop, Ngodwana, Kabokweni,

Tekwane, Kanyamazane and Matsulu

Key Infrastructure

Main roads: N4 National Road, R40, Provincial Road and the Maputo development corridor

Railways: A railway link to Maputo, Swaziland and the rest of South Africa

Airports: Kruger Mpumalanga International airport

Ports and harbors: 200km from Maputo harbor

Contact details

Key personnel:

LL Chiwayo, Executive Mayor

T Ndlala, MMC for Economic and Tourism Development

N Mthembu, Acting Municipal Manager


Key Contact Officials

Dr M Van Niekerk, Senior Manager, Local Economic Development,Tourism and Trade

EB JELE, Manager Local Economic Development

Physical address: 1 Nel Street, Nelspruit 1200

Postal address: P O Box 45, nelspruit 1200

Tel: 2713 759 2063/2029

Fax: 27 13 759 9097

Email: mathilda.vanniekerk@mbombela.gov.za

Website: www.mbombela.gov.za