Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.

 

London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

 

The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 

 

- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 

 

Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:

 

Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.

 

Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.

 

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.

 

As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Mpumalanga Province is rich in wildlife, culture, pioneer history, and natural beauty. Situated in the east of the country, it borders Swaziland and Mozambique and encompasses the southern section of the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

    Mpumalanga is 'Big Game Country', and the Lowveld is the setting for dozens of private game reserves and luxury lodges that abound in bird and animal life. Nelspruit is the capital and gateway to the province. Situated two hundred miles (325km) east of Johannesburg, it is South Africa's fastest growing city and has a vibrant CBD.

    Although not much of a tourist attraction in itself, Nelspruit is situated in the heart of a region rich in natural attractions, which makes it a favourite jumping off point for exploring the Lowveld area. The city's train station and airport welcome travellers several times a day, most of whom are en route to the Kruger National Park, whose southern Malelane Gate is about 40 miles (63km) from Nelspruit.

    It is not only those interested in safaris that come to Mpumalanga, however. Besides wonderful opportunities for bird watching and game viewing, the area is also scenically beautiful, with its mountains, valleys, waterfalls, canyons, and panoramic passes spread across the region.

    Mpumalanga's lack of development means more space for its natural finery, which is particularly evident along the scenic meander known as the Panorama Route that takes in spectacular sights along the eastern slopes of the escarpment.

    Lowveld National Botanical Garden

    The Lowveld National Botanical Garden has the largest collection of cycads in the world and the biggest assortment of indigenous trees in South Africa. The garden has 600 plant and 245 bird species occurring naturally within its borders, but about 2,000 more plant species have been added to this collection. The gardens are traversed by two big rivers, the Crocodile and the Nels, which converge in the garden and form some spectacular waterfalls that can be viewed from observation platforms. Highlights of the gardens include the aerial boardwalk and suspension bridge through the African Rain Forest section, and a lovely two-hour walking trail that meanders along the Crocodile River banks and passes three waterfalls.

    Lowveld National Botanical Garden,
Nelspruit Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Nelspruit Wernermeiringvdm
    Pilgrim's Rest

    Had it not been for its picturesque setting, Pilgrim's Rest would probably be a ghost town. It is, however, a popular tourist destination, existing today for little other purpose than to entertain and inform visitors about its colourful heyday. It all began in 1873, when a Scottish miner, Alex 'Wheelbarrow' Patterson, discovered gold at Pilgrim's Creek. Before long, fortune seekers had flocked to the little valley, and the town of Pilgrim's Rest was born. Mining continued for decades, but started to dry up in the 1940s, with the final mine closing in 1972. The entire town has now been declared a national monument and many of its corrugated iron buildings have been restored. These now exist as living museums, and some as souvenir shops.

    Pilgrim's Rest, South Africa Pilgrim's Rest, South Africa Olivier.karin
    Blyde River Canyon

    The spectacular vista of the Blyde River Canyon is part of the scenically breath-taking Panorama Route, where sheer cliffs drop into a bush-covered valley. It's worth covering the route as a self-drive trip from Nelspruit, or on a bus tour. Other sights on the route include a trio of green-clad peaks set in the canyon called the Three Rondavels, and the Bourke's Luck Potholes. The latter are huge holes in the mountainside formed by grinding sand. The Blyde River Canyon is the biggest green canyon in the world, and the third largest canyon on earth. Only the USA's Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia are bigger.

    Blyde River Canyon, South Africa Blyde River Canyon, South Africa Paul Tosio

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    Mpumalanga is the place to head for travellers who want a taste of unspoilt wilderness areas, unhindered by crowds and cities. Indeed, the small private game reserves and the incredible Kruger National Park are the main attractions and can easily fill a whole holiday, though the province has many other attractions.

    Following the Panorama Route is a great way to explore the region, as it takes in spectacular sights such as the Blyde River Canyon and God's Window, as well as lesser-known vistas such as Bourke's Luck Potholes, Wonder View, and the Three Rondavels.

    Those keen on an authentic walking experience should hike the multi-day Blyde River Canyon trail which is breathtakingly beautiful. The province is a delight for outdoor enthusiasts and offers many adventure activities, including wonderful fishing, particularly near the town of Dullstroom.

    Nelspruit is a good travel base and a pleasant city, but it is the charming small towns and great game lodges of Mpumalanga that really attract tourists. The little town of Pilgrim's Rest is a popular attraction for those interested in the history of the 1870s gold rush. The region is also home to the Ndebele people, famous for their beadwork and uniquely painted houses.

    Mpumalanga is a summer rainfall area and has a subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The highveld region to the west experiences more extreme temperatures and is hotter in summer, colder in winter, and generally drier than the rest of the province.

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