Witbank, Cultural Heartland
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Witbank is situated in the Cultural Heartland of Mpumalanga.
The name Witbank is Afrikaans for ‘White Ridge’ and named after a rocky outcrop of white sandstone where wagon transport drivers rested many years ago. Early travellers discovered coal in this area. Of course, once the coal was discovered, numerous farmers arrived with their wagons to cart away the coal. Once Paul Kruger’s railway line reached this area in 1894, it solved all transport problems and the first coal mines started to operate.
Witbank soon developed into a town in 1903 and today it has developed into a rather large and bustling town where dairy, potatoes, maize, sheep and sweet potatoes are farmed. Interestingly, Winston Churchill hid in a colliery near Witbank during the Second Boer War after his escape from Pretoria.
Witbank boasts plenty of recreation to suit all preferences. The area is bustling with fantastic coffee shops, inviting farm stalls and fascinating cultural villages selling arts and crafts. Witbank is home to the well known Witbank Dam. This dam is known as the largest municipal dam in the southern hemisphere and boasts a catchment area of more than 3 540 square kilometres!
Of course, this magnificent dam is ideal for numerous exciting water sports such as skiing, windsurfing and fishing. Relax and watch the vibrant bird life in the area or enjoy a hike on one of the many beautiful hiking trails. As you sip on refreshing drinks and sail down the waters one can also enjoy some game viewing.
Witbank also offers opportunities to go parasailing, golfing, scenic hiking and adrenaline pumping 4×4 trails. Witbank is also near to the popular Kruger National Park where excellent game viewing of the Big 5 can be enjoyed.
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The Botshabelo Mission Station was originally a place of refuge for Christians in South Africa and grew into an important and rather influential centre where the Gospel was widely proclaimed among the black people. It became a place where both black and white people received education and training and even ... more information
The Graceland Country Club in Secunda, Mpumalanga, rests only an hour and a half drive away from Johannesburg. The flat savannahs of Mpumalanga do not at first glance suggest that they are suitable for the building of a golf course, but as one of the world's leading designers, Gary Player made creative ... more information
The beautiful Lanatus Cycad can be found in the Cultural Heartland of Mpumalanga, South Africa. Indigenous and unique to the area, there is an abundance of these cycads in the region causing the entire surroundings to become a plethora of wild flowers. It transforms the Mpumalanga Province into a spectacular ... more information
The well known Loskop Dam Nature Reserve can be found deep in the Cultural Heartland of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. The Loskop Dam is a 27km long dam which makes it the largest dam in the Southern Hemisphere. The dam measures over 2 350 hectares and is situated within the Loskop Dam Nature ... more information
The 18 hole Middelburg Golf Course, The 18 hole Golf Course, host to the 2005 South African Country Districts Championships, and 2007 S.A. Girls championships, offers a challenging round of golf with sloping kikuyu fairways, bent grass/true putt greens and veldgrass rough. During the 70’s Gary Player ... more information
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