Komatiland Forestry Museum in Sabie, Mpumalanga
The Komatiland Forestry Museum is situated in Sabie in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
More than half the country’s timber comes from the Sabie area and so it is only natural the Museum was established here. The museum, also an information centre, is located right in the middle of this small town that offers visitors a unique insight into the history of forestry in South Africa.
On display visitors can see miniature carvings from an Anglo-Boer War prisoner from St Helena as well as a hand-made clothes peg made by Gypsies in Ireland over 100 years ago. On your own self-guided tour you can learn about forestry, from primitive days to the present, through different activities typical of plantation environment, sawmills and pulpmills.
There is also information on humans’ relationship with indigenous forests and their contribution to quality of life. Other than all the other interesting displays, the Museum is a fascinating way to learn all about wood!
Things to do and see
- 250 year old yellowwood disc
- Miniature carved wooden shoes
- Matchstick replica of Dutch Church
- Historical timeline display
- Oldest known Frame Saw
- Conference facilities
A minimum admission fee of between R20 and R50 is charged. Please contact the Museum directly for confirmation of entrance fees.
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 30˚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 with Sabie being only 45 minutes away along the R40 and R537. Road trips from Johannesburg to Sabie via the N12 and N4 will take just under 4 hours.
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