Badplaas, Grass & Wetlands
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Lying nestled at the foot of the Ndlumudlumu Mountains between Machadodorp and Carolina in the grasslands of South Africa, Badplaas has become known as a resort town, due in no small part to the hot, suplphurous spring that spews 30 000 litres of warm, healing water an hour out of the ground.
Badplaas came into being as a result of the discovery of gold in Barberton, when it became a major stopover on a wagon route that made its way to the Lowveld, where Boer farmers had settled. There is something of the mystic to the little resort, with its healing waters known to the local tribespeople as Emanzana and the rolling Ndumudlumu hills (place of thunder) that form the beautiful backdrop of the town, and life here is seriously laidback.
The area is rich with birdlife that includes the Knysna loerie, olive bush-shrike, malachite humming bird (or sunbird) and the trumpeter hornbill and bird watching is a serious pastime. Hikes and walks in the area include a walk along 100-year old water canals to a cascading waterfall with views over the valley, and, of course, game viewing at various game farms in the area is a requisite. There is also a 9-hole golf course about 7 kilometres from the Forever Resort in Badplaas that provides some pretty spectacular views and incorporates the natural contours of the surroundings for a great game of golf.
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"I don't have a date , but grew up in Barberton. Between 1970 and 1985 before moving to Joburg I spent countless weekends at Badplaas. Have only to ..." - Andre Odendaal, Joburg South Africa
Featured Attractions in (or near) Badplaas
Badplaas Golf Course is an undulating course. With its elevation changes, not only translates into an adventure of judgment and shot making, but also provides a number of spectacular views. On a fine day, with lush Kikuyu fairways underfoot, and bent grass greens, that overlooks the valleys, a round of ... more information
Guided day trips to the Kruger National Park: The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is nearly 2 million hectares of land that stretch for 20 000 square kilometres, given over to an almost indescribable wildlife experience. Certainly it ranks with the best in Africa and is a flagship ... more information
Set in the incredibly picturesque scenery of the Barberton Mountainland, Nkomazi Game Reserve lies in the malaria-free parts of Mpumalanga closest to Barberton, the Kruger National Park, Pilgrims Rest and such wonders as the Blyde River Canyon and God's Window. Nkomazi, which means 'place of water' ... more information
Songimvelo Game Reserve lies deep in the Barberton Mountainlands and is one of the largest reserves of the Mpumalanga Parks Board that extends over 50 000 hectares. Songimvelo lies in a corner of the province little known to travellers, which is possibly its best attribute. That and the incredible beauty of ... more information
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