Things To Do in KromdraaiKromdraai Gold Mine
Where? Ibis Ridge Farm, Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, 1739, Gauteng
When? Booking is essential.
How? Call +27 (0)82 259-2162 or +27 (0)73 147-8417
How much? Price on request
The gold rush was one of South Africa’s most significant events, and shaped its history and heritage to a large degree. The city of Johannesburg is the country’s busiest and wealthiest city, also aptly known as the City of Gold. It was established in the late 1800’s as a direct result of the influx of people from all corners of the world, who were in search for the riches that lay below the earth.
The Kromdraai Gold Mine is situated only 40 minutes’ drive from the Johannesburg city centre, right within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind. This mine is significant for many reasons, not least of them being that its establishment actually preceded the gold rush (1886), as gold was discovered in it in 1881. The Kromdraai Farm was proclaimed a mine in 1885. This mine was one of the most productive mines in the area, with an impressive yield of around 25 grams per ore ton. Today, gold remains one of the most important contributors to the economy of South Africa.
Visiting the Kromdraai Gold Mine is a fascinating, somewhat nostalgic, peek into the South Africa of old. Visitors learn about traditional mining methods, the history of this industry and its contribution to local economy and culture. Each one-hour tour includes about 45 minutes underground, exploring the tunnels, seeing the old tools used, and reflecting on the working and living conditions of the miners.
Thanks to its location within the Kromdraai Valley, this gold mine is easily accessible and close to a number of other amenities and tourist attractions. These include the archaeological treasures of the Sterkfontein Caves.
The mine is open on weekends, with tours extending from 09h00 to 16h00. However, those wanting to visit during the week are able to do this by prior arrangement.