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Surrounded by wetland lakes, this little town is a famous destination for the Lake District that lies between Chrissiemeer and Lothair. South Africa’s lake District is a birding paradise filled with lakes, rivers and watery elements. As a result, this area is a great draw card for outdoor activities, particularly those done on water like sailing, fishing, water-skiing or 'frogging expeditions'.
Besides the lakes, Lothair is surrounded by farms, pine and eucalyptus plantations, and is as quietly, charmingly rural as they come, and, despite being mostly centred on agriculture, farming and forestry, Lothair is close to various attractions. For one, stop in Lothair on your way to Swaziland or the Lake District to at least see the Giant Footprint - a 4 foot ‘footprint’ in a granite outcrop, estimated by geologists to be aeons old and has many convinced that giants once walked the earth.
Accommodation in the area and in neighbouring towns include a few B&B’s or self-catering units for overnight and weekend stays.
Things to do and see
- Randells Ranch Tractor Museum
- The Giant Footprint
- Lake Chrissie, Lake District
- Birding & Fishing
- 4X4 Trails
- Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve
- Ermelo Golf Course, 40 km
- Carolina Golf Course, 65 km
- Badplaas Golf Course, 73 km
Lothair receives approximately 886 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 11˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily flights into O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg approximately 252 Km’s away along the N17 and into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, approximately 217 km’s away via the R38. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Lothair is situated in an area originally inhabited by Scottish immigrants. It was surveyed in 1878 and named after the novel Lothair, written by Benjamin Desraeli and published in 1870.
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