Mpumalanga DestinationsMiddelburg, Cultural Heartland
Middelburg serves as the agricultural, industrial and communications centre for the surrounding area. Initially, Middelburg was planned as an ideal halfway point between Pretoria and Lydenburg in 1859. However, nothing resulted from this idea. In 1864, The Dutch Reformed Church bought the farm of Sterkfontein and in 1866 the town of Nazareth was developed on it. In 1872, Nazareth was then renamed Middelburg. Today, Middelburg is well known as the Stainless Steel Capital of Africa as it is home to a large stainless steel plant named Columbus Stainless.
For travellers, Middelburg offers an abundance of exciting activities as well as unique cultural experiences. First stop is the Botshabelo Historical Village and craft markets. This area boasts rich cultural significance and is great to explore. Another must stop area is the Traditional Ndebele Village home to the well known Ndebele people. To learn more of the culture of this serene area, why not go on cultural tours available in Middelburg?
Of course, the ultimate way to experience all Middelburg has to offer is to enjoy game drives in the game reserves as well as hiking on the numerous splendid trails offered. Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy a relaxing round of golf at the undulating golf course in Middelburg.
Middelburg is situated just minutes away from the Loskop Dam, and home to the Middelburg Nature Reserve, Kruger Dam as well as the Middelburg Dam. The Middelburg Nature Reserve provides shelter to numerous fascinating game species, while the abundance of marked trails offer a better glimpse of the beauty of the highveld, including large colonies of gorgeous cycads. The dams in the area allow for an abundance of exciting watersports such as sailing and fishing to be enjoyed.
Interestingly, hundreds of people travel to this area every year to enjoy the Middelburg Jazz Festival held in March. This event is spectacular to experience and a perfect excuse for a getaway. Middelburg has plenty to offer all history lovers as it is home to a few museums and fascinating monuments. These include the Memorial Museum, Meyer’s Bridge, Dutch Reformed Church and more.
No matter what your preference, Middelburg has plenty to offer all travellers. From fascinating cultural tours to adrenaline pumping watersports in pristine dam areas, Middelburg is the ideal holiday destination.