Komatipoort is situated in the Kruger Lowveld region of Mpumalanga, sitting in the confluence of the Crocodile and Komati Rivers. The town is approximately 8 km from the Crocodile Bridge Gate leading to the Kruger National Park and only 5 km from the border to Mozambique. Komatipoort is the main rail and road link between South Africa and both Swaziland and Mozambique.
The town is small and peaceful with the perfect winter climate of around 20°C, however it is also one of the hottest towns in South Africa in summer, with temperatures reaching upper 40°C. The towns name is derived from the Komati River and the word 'poort' meaning mountain pass referring to the natural barrier of the Lebombo mountain range between South Africa and Mozambique.
Mozambique's former President, Samora Machel died in a plane crash near Komatipoort, in the Lebombo mountain range. Marking the accident site is the Samora Machel Monument. Many tourists opt to stay in Komatipoort for ease of access into the Kruger National Park. The tranquil tree-lined streets and friendly locals make the town inviting to those that seek solace from a hectic city life.
There are many accommodation options in Komatipoort stretched from the town to the surrounding areas. River front accommodation allows for sightings of hippo, crocodile and the exquisite birdlife. The town has bed and breakfasts, self-catering farm cottages and game lodges. The choices are varied to suit budget and taste.
Activities in the town are mostly of the wildlife variety, with many game being viewed if visitors are lucky, right from their front patio. Most accommodation establishments offer to help with bookings for guided tours and safaris into the park. Other activities include:
As a tourist hub, there are many interesting and unique places to eat, have a coffee or just relax and take in the scenery. A list of options can be viewed under the restaurant directory. Businesses are mostly directed at tourism, however the town provides a good infrastructure which caters to basic requirements. For a full list, please view :