Three brothers belonging to the Nel family founded Nelspruit in 1905. The family used to graze its cattle around the city during the winter at that point in time. At the time of Boer War Nelspruit operated as the center of government for South African Republic, which was an independent Boer republic and should not be confused with the present day Republic of South Africa. Paul Kruger was an important part of the South African Republic's leadership. The city was officially renamed Mbombela in October 2009 by the national government. This is also name of the local municipality that includes the city. However, it was still called Nelspruit for several purposes during 2010 FIFA World Cup. The road signs in this city still refer to it as Nelspruit. The residents of this city have three years to use the new name on billboards and signs.
Nelspruit is a major agricultural and manufacturing center in northeastern South Africa. Canning of citrus fruits, furniture making, paper production and timber mills are the major industries. Besides, there are plenty of orange farms around the city. The subtropical climate and fertile soil have resulted in perfect conditions for cultivating tropical and citrus fruits such as mango, avocado, banana and macadamia nuts.
How to Reach: Nelspruit is well connected with road and rail; however, there is also a modern airport where you can get connecting flight frequently to the International airport. So, once you land at Johannesburg International airport, you can choose either air-root or rail root to reach this city.
Major Attractions: By virtue of falling in the root of Kruger National Park, Nelspruit city is significant stopover for the tourists. The city has important shopping centers, especially for the tourists and the people of Swaziland and Mozambique. Above all, it has an important casino named Emnotweni casino.
Maps of Nelspruit: Nelspruit is located on the banks of Crocodile River and is 60 miles to the west of the border shared by South Africa and Mozambique.
Administrative Regions: The local municipality, Mbombela, occupies an important place in Nelspruit's administrative set up.
Hotels: Top hotels like Chantelle Younes, Crocodile Nest Bed and Breakfast and Crocodile Country Inn make visiting the city a good experience.
Travel: Tourist attractions like Lowveld National Botanical Gardens and Kruger National Park make a Nelspruit trip a worthwhile experience.
Business and Economy: Tourism is a major component of Nelspruit's economy in addition to agriculture and manufacturing.
Education: Nelspruit has a steady educational system with institutions such as Tshwane University of Technology Nelspruit Campus and SSDTraining.
Events and Festivals: Events such as the Take A Step For Children and InniBos Kunstefees reflect the proud cultural heritage of Nelspruit.
History and Culture: Media is an important part of the vibrant culture of Nelspruit.
Sports & Events: City has built a superb class stadium especially for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010. The stadium is named Mbombela Stadium, which has huge capacity to accommodate about 40,000 people.