Lydenburg is situated in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
The small town can be found comfortably nestled at the foothills of the famous Long Tom Pass and is surrounded by Steenkampsberg and Mauchsberg mountain ranges. It offer visitors spectacular scenery and is a “must visit” for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. Some attractions include, historic memorials, nature reserves, waterfalls and with four streams either running through or on the outskirts of town, Lydenburg has some marvelous fishing spots.
The town was once one of the central “Voortrekker” towns and the location for much of the “Jock of the Bushveld” tales, and today serves as the gateway towns to travelers heading into Mpumalanga and the Panorama Route. It is an ideal stop over for travelers along this route as it is in close proximity to towns such as Sabie and Graskop.
Many artists such as wood carvers, sketch artists, stained glass artists and painters which attract many tourists to the area, particularly at the time of their annual exhibition held at the town Civic Centre.
There are a number of high quality B & B’s, Guesthouses, backpackers’ accommodation, camping and caravan sites to suit all visitors to the area.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Long Tom Pass
- Lydenburg Museum
- Lydenburg Waterfalls
- Dick Heysteck Game Farm
- Hiking Trails
- Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve
- Steenkampsberg Pass
- Lydenburg Golf Course
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels. Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 19˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas. Road trips from Johannesburg to Lydenburg on the N4 and R540 will take just over 3 hours.
November – Art Exhibition: Held annually in the Civic Centre where local artists can promote their work
The area was originally known to the Africans as Mashishing, meaning “place of long grass”. A new town was established in 1849 by pioneering Voortrekkers who were fleeing malaria in the lower lying areas and was called Lyndenburg (town of suffering), in memory of the hardships of its founders.
Lydenburg developed into an important centre for farming with Soya beans, tobacco, fruit - notably yellow peaches, wool, cattle, dairy produce, wheat, barley, maize and lucerne are all produced in the district. It is also home to one of Mpumalanga’s best museums detailing the mysterious history of the famed Lydenburg Heads pottery masks which are said to be made by a vanished people thousands of years ago.
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