The Cosmos Country Region, Mpumalanga

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.

Did you know? Cosmos Country is known for it's power stations which produce electricity for the majority of South Africa’s Citizens.

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.

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Destinations in the Cosmos Country Region


Overnight? Balfour accommodation
Whilst Balfour made recent headlines when Jacob Zuma visited the town in the midst of service delivery protests from locals in the Siyathemba township, and his subsequent return in May 2010, Johannesburg residents know the town because it lies plum in the...


Overnight? Bethal accommodation
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 and is a beauti...


Overnight? Delmas accommodation
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 somewhere...


Overnight? Greylingstad accommodation
Situated in the beautiful Mpumalanga region known as Cosmos Country (after the delicate flower called cosmos), Greylingstad may be small, but it has a rich history. Today, it is a growing farming community that has managed to maintain a laid-back pace and...


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 carpet of cosmos...


The little redbrick town of Kriel, its houses laid neatly side-by-side, lies some 100 km east of Johannesburg alongside its township, Thubelihle. On the opposite side of town are its two huge coal-powered stations, the Dutch Reformed Church spires cast in...


You can usually safely gauge the size of a rural town by the number of grain silos it has. Certainly using this as a measure indicates the amount of activity you can expect to find there, and Leandra, through which the N17 passes en route between Bethal a...


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 or human development...


Overnight? Secunda accommodation
Secunda is a fairly new town built around coalfields in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It was named so, for being the second extraction refinery location for oil from coal (second to the Sasolburg refinery). The town of Secunda was built when the constructi...


Overnight? Standerton accommodation
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 of water-based...

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