Mpumalanga DestinationsCarolina, Grass & Wetlands
There was a rather vital wagon route from Johannesburg to the wildly popular gold fields of the Kaap Valley around the 19th Century. Eventually, farmers in the area decided to establish a town as a ideal stopover for wagon trains. One of these farmers named C.J.Coetzee, decided to offer the other farmers a portion of his farm provided that the town was named after his wife. Soon, Carolina was accordingly established in 1882. Unfortunately, during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War the village was completely destroyed and later rebuilt. Yet, there still lie a few perfect examples of spectacular sandstone architecture in Carolina’s public buildings.
Situated in the vicinity of Carolina is the magnificent Komati Gorge and linked Komati River. This beautiful area allows for many a day picnicking, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating or just general relaxing and soaking up the warm sun. Numerous exciting watersports can be enjoyed. In addition, this lovely area is home to an abundance of vibrant birds. The Komati area is any bird lovers delight!
Situated just to the North West of Carolina is the picturesque Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve. This nature reserve is a very popular birding area and home to more than 200 species of spectacular birds. In addition to birding, there are also a few exciting horse and hiking trails that can be enjoyed in the Carolina area. Most of these lovely trails are day trails, but for the adventure seekers there are several 2 day trails available where one can stay overnight in a trail hut.
Carolina not only boasts magnificent beauty but fine cultural and historical heritage. Besides the fascinating architecture, this area boasts a few fine examples of San rock art which can be seen and explored. To add to the historical heritage of the Carolina area, there are also a few interesting Battlefields which can be visited. Make sure you visit the Market Square, Burger Monument as well as other historical memorials.
Other exciting activities that can be enjoyed in the area are 4×4 adventures, quad biking and game viewing.