A Resort Town
eManzana, formally Badplaas, is set along the Seekoeispruit (Hippo Stream) and the foot of the Dhlumudhlumu Mountains.
The town has much to boast about and has become known as a resort town mainly as a result of its main attraction, the hot, sulphurous spring that spews 30 000 litres of warm, healing water per day out of the ground. eManzana means “healing waters”, a Swazi name, given to the attraction by the locals. The hot springs are situated within the 3-star Forever Resort where day visitors are allowed, except during peak periods when the Resort is at full capacity. Everything you'll need for a fun-filled holiday is situated at the fully-equipped resort.
eManzana is only a short distance from the Provinces largest Game Reserve, Songimvelo and the unique Nkomazi Game Reserve which attracts recreational and professional scuba divers with its network of underwater tunnels.
The Vygeboom Dam is close enough for a day out, hire a picnic boat for a day or even a house boat for an overnight excursion.
There are many accommodation options in the area, include B&B’s, Guesthouses, Game Lodges, self-catering and the Resort accommodation also includes camping sites.
Things to do and see
- Nkomazi Game Reserve
- Songimvelo Game Reserve
- Bermanzi Hiking Trail
- Blue Wildebeest Hiking Trail
- Queen Rose Hiking Trail
- Nelshoogte Pass
- Botha’s Pass
- Forever Resort Hot Springs & other activities
- Badplaas Golf Course
eManzana receives approximately 939 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 24˚C.
The land and the now famous springs were presented as a gift to a white trader and hunter, Jacob de Clercq, by the paramount chief of the Swazis in 1876. The reason for this generous gift is unknown. De Clercq built a store near the spring and its medicinal properties became widely known, in the 1880's when many diggers visited the springs over weekends.
Badplaas, as it was then named, was established in 1876 and as a result of gold being found in nearby Barberton, the town became a major stopover on a wagon route which made its way into the Lowveld.
In 1893 the government claimed the springs to develop a health resort.
Badplaas became known as eManzana after the name the local tribespeople gave to the hot springs in the area.
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