Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsThe Cosmos Country Region
Cosmos Country lies in the south western part of the Mpumalanga Province against the Free State and Gauteng borders and includes the towns of Secunda, Delmas, Leandra, Bethal, Standerton, Balfour and Greylingstad.
Known as the 'energy belt' of Mpumalanga, the Mpumalanga Cosmos Country region houses a number of power stations that supply energy to most southern African countries. Lively economic and agricultural activity take place in Standerton, Leandra and Balfour. The region is the centre of crude oil production in Southern Africa and it boasts the world's largest underground coal mining complex.
Despite the serious industrial activity, the Cosmos country has its own natural beauty. The open grasslands of this region transform into a kaleidoscope of colour with a carpet of cosmos flowers blooming in late summer, hence the name Cosmos Country. Visitors are also attracted to the region for the search for fortunes at a casino located in the area.
Popular Towns of the Cosmos Country Region
Overnight? Accommodation in Bethal
Bethal derives its name of parts of the names of Elizabeth du Plooy and Alida Naude, who were sisters and the wives of the owners of the farm on which the town was proclaimed. It is situated in the Cosmos Country of the Mpumalanga Province...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Balfour
Located south east of Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, just off the R23 that leaves the N3 north of Heidelberg and heads into the province of Mpumalanga, Balfour nestles in a region given over mostly to farms, game farms and bushveld. Balfour...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Delmas
Lying between Witbank and Springs and close enough to the N12 to make a detour here quite possible, Delmas became famous in the latter part of 2010 for its proximity to the missing tiger known as Panjo. The tiger, only 17-months old, disappeared...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Hendrina
Lying virtually halfway along the N11 between Middelburg and Ermelo, Hendrina is situated in the heart of Cosmos country in Mpumalanga. This part of the world is a haven of grasslands, wild flowers (in spring this part of the country is a...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Leandra
Leandra is essentially a rural town that serves the surrounding farms and local community. The main road through here is wide, two lanes each way, the grassy middle lined with pretty oleander trees that in spring produce bright pink blossoms...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Morgenzon
Lying almost halfway between Standerton and Ermelo, Morgenzon, as its Dutch name meaning morning light suggests, lies in a part of Mpumalanga that allows you to experience the morning sun with little of the interference of city living...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Secunda
The town of Secunda was built when the construction of ‘Sasol Two’ commenced. Sasol Two and Sasol Three produce synthetic fuel, diesel, and related fuels and petrochemicals from coal gasification and a town was built to house the labor force...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Standerton
The town of Standerton inherited its name from the original owner of the farm on which it is built, namely Adrian Hendrik Stander. The Vaal River - one of South Africa's largest rivers - flows through Standerton and provides much in the way...
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