Nelspruit is named after the three brothers of the Nel family, who grazed their cattle around the valley towards the end of the 19th century. The spectacular landscape with its meandering rivers, waterfalls, mountains, lush foliage and fertile soil made it the ideal place for farming - and to settle. Little wonder that today it is the trading centre for the major fruit growing area of Mpumalanga.
GPS Co-ordinates: S25° 30' 56.1", E30° 58' 33.5"
The terrain benefits from an astonishing array of flora and fauna; indeed each neighbourhood is named after an African plant species. The region falls between "Lowveld Sour Bushveld" and "Lowveld", bringing the best of the abundant plant life to your doorstep including Paperbark Thorn, Naboom, Bushwillow, Wild-pear, Broad-leaved Coral, Fever and Stamvrug trees. Dominant grass species add to the diverse panorama of the landscape.
Culture & Activities at The Rest: Sudwala caves. Dinosaur Park and cultural centre expose the primitive Africa. Mankele Mountain Bike Park, a mountain bikers paradise situated a few kilometres outside Nelspruit, with a variety of mountain biking trails to suit all rider skill levels from kids to novice to expert. A short distance away is the gold mining town of Kaapsehoop and the town of Pilgrim's Rest has been declared a national monument as the site of the original gold rush.
There are extensive walking, cycling and jogging tracks throughout the estate, and a wonderful raised 1 km wooden promenade. In the future a Clubhouse with amenities is planned to provide a comfortable meeting place for residents and guests. The highly respected private Curro School is situated by the main entrance, catering for up to 1,200 pupils from nursery up to Matriculation.
The range of indigenous trees and plants is extensive and, combined with the abundant bird and animal life, firmly establish The Rest as a true nature estate. The developers are committed to creating a bird sanctuary for native species and are working closely with Birdlife SA, as well as expert landscapers to reintroduce indigenous planting throughout the estate (indeed, the five neighbourhoods around the estate are named after sub-tropical African plants).
The Rest is a low density, private and secure residential estate spanning 320 hectares, leaving substantial open spaces and nature areas for the enjoyment by the residents. Easily accessed from the bustling City centre just a few minutes' drive away, the elevated terrain offers magnificent views over the valley as far as the mountains of Swaziland.
The highly respected private Curro Nelspruit School is situated by the main entrance, catering for up to 1,200 pupils from nursery up to Matriculation. Curro Nelspruit is based on Christian principles. It is situated in the tranquil hills of The Rest and offers classes for boys and girls from 4 months of age through to Grade 10. In 2014 Grade 11 is being introduced and thereafter incrementally to Grade 12 by 2015. Visit website: www.curro.co.za/schools/mpumalanga/curro-nelspruit.aspx
Culture & Activities at The rest: The Lowveld Botanical Gardens contain the first man-made rain forest and a variety of rare and beautiful plant species. The Alkmaar Raceway motocross track hosted the South African Motocross Grand Prix in 2008. Mbombela Stadium was constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with a capacity of 45,000.
Culture & Activities at The Rest: Visits to the crocodile farm, ostrich farm and Halls Estate (one of the largest subtropical fruit production farms in the area) give some idea of the variety and beauty of this area. Nelspruit hosts several cultural and agricultural shows annually including The Lowveld show, The Lowveld Agri show and The Innibos Arts festival. Shangana Cultural Village provides visitors with the experience of traditional Shangaan life.
Culture & Activities at The Rest: Game viewing in the Kruger National Gate. Several gates into the Park are easily accessible from Nelspruit, which will then allow visitors to explore the Kruger National Park further. These gates include Numbi, Kruger, Malelane and Crocodile Bridge. The Mpumalanga Escarpment and Lowveld contains several private game reserves and offers hiking, fishing, ethnic villages, eco-safaris and other experiences.
Mpumalanga offers a myriad of waterfalls, hiking trails (such as the Green Heritage Hiking and Nelspruit Historical Walking Trails), nature reserves, indigenous forests and sites of historic and prehistoric noteworthiness.
We do not permit large game on the estate. Small antelope are prevalent at The Rest, along with Klipspringer and grey, red and blue Duiker. Sightings of Serval Cat, Caracal and Porcupines are also recorded and there are abundant reptiles and insect species, which form part of the biodiversity and healthy ecology of The Rest.
The developers are committed to creating a sanctuary for native bird species and, to encourage more of them to return to the area, we are undertaking a major replanting project to reintroduce indigenous plants to the estate and remove non-indigenous ones.
The birdlife at The Rest is spectacular. It can be best enjoyed from secluded bird-watchers huts (called "hides") that have been created by the developers at the picturesque watering holes around the estate, so that nature-lovers can discretely watch the birds in their natural habitats.