1. Ermelo

The impressive Gert Sibande District Municipality, Ermelo

Ermelo, one of the larger towns in Mpumalanga, is an attractive town with streets hedged with trees and is a favourite stop-over for travellers en-route to KwaZulu-Natal. The major industries in this high-rainfall area are maize, potatoes, beans, wool, sunflower seeds, lucerne, sorghum, cattle and pigs. South Africa's principal sources of anthracite and torbanite are found in the area. In 1871 the Reverend Frans Lion Catchet founded a parish in the then Eastern Transvaal and named it Ermelo, after a town in Holland and in honour of a friend who lived there. The parish developed as a centre for farming and communications in the fertile area at the headwaters of the Vaal River.…

2. Standerton

Standerton welcomes you

On the banks of one of South Africa's largest rivers, the Vaal River, and often flooded by it, lies the town of Standerton. The town is overlooked by Standerskop (1640 m). Standerton is a railway and agricultural centre for a region producing maize, sunflower seeds and groundnuts. Two weirs have been built across the Vaal river providing an 8 km stretch of water popular for fishing, boating and other aquatic sports. Grootdraai Dam, the tenth largest dam in South Africa is just 12 km out of town and is one of the town's major tourism attractions. Standerton enjoys above average rainfall of 700mm per annum. History Standerton was named after Adrian Hedrik Stander, the owner of the farm…