The Lowveld is fast becoming a popular retirement option. Here’s why.
Location location location:
A delightfully moderate climate, the peace and quiet of the countryside, and all the modern amenities and medical facilities you need makes Mpumalanga’s Lowveld region a great retirement destination. The Lowveld is a subtropical area in the eastern part of Mpumalanga, including the towns of Barberton, Hazyview, Malelane, Sabie and White River – all within a 70km radius from the capital city of Mbombela (which used to be called Nelspruit).
What makes the area special:
The most popular attraction in the Lowveld is the Kruger National Park, but there are all kinds of lifestyle options for retirees; from small, quiet towns to bigger urban areas. Retirement developments are often a combination of the traditional retirement village and lifestyle estates more often aimed at young families: developers have introduced this twin-community development (on the same grounds) and it’s proving very popular. There are full-title houses and sectional-title apartments available, with assisted-living and frail-care on the same premises.
For adventurous retirees, the Lowveld has an abundance of cultural and historical options to explore, either solo or on a guided tour. For the less mobile, there are plenty of social activities within the retirement estates. Surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, the Lowveld is an attractive option for those from Pretoria and further afield to settle in.
• Mediclinic Barberton
• Mediclinic Nelspruit
• Lowveld Hospital Nelspruit
• Kiaat Private Hospital Nelspruit
Our favourite local nature spots:
• Lowveld National Botanical Garden
• Kruger National Park
• Panorama Route, including God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck potholes
Local transport options:
• Mbombela, just off the N4 highway, links the Lowveld to Gauteng’s main cities (about 4 hours away).
• The Nelspruit Airport and the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport are about 60km northeast of Mbombela.
• There are daily shuttles between White River, Mbombela and Gauteng.
“I love the all year-round warm weather and the beautiful bushveld sunsets of the Lowveld.”
Freda Lessing, senior citizen and resident
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