This small village, some may say a sad little village home to only about 2 700 folks may be remote, however it is less than 100 km’s from Middelburg and only a few hours drive from the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Other attractions under two hours from town would be God’s Window, Pilgrims Rest and of course this part of the country offers an entirely different perspective of the untouched beauty of South Africa, as well as of its history and culture.
The Roossenekal area has a rich botanical heritage which has resulted in a transition zone with diverse flora, including the yellow arum lily – the Yellow Arum Lily Festival has become one of the main tourist attractions in the area. The festival takes place in March in conjunction with the Peach Festival in nearby Tonteldoos.
Accommodation options include Self-Catering, B&B’s and Guest Farms in and around the valley, from Groblersdal to Lydenburg.
Things to do and see
- Roos & Senekal Graves
- Steenkampsberg Pass
- Dullstroom Nature Reserve, 20 km
Roossenekal receives approximately 561 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 19˚C.
There are daily flights into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, approximately 167 km’s away via the R37 and into O R Tambo International Airport approximately 234 Km’s away along the N12 and R555. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
The village Roossenekal is named after Field-cornet Stephanus Johannes Roos and Comdt. Frederik Senekal, who both fell during the Mapoch War.
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