In 1871 gold was discovered on Spitskop, which is situated 10 kilometres south east of Sabie.

Today vast plantations of pine and blue gum trees, which stretch for miles in all directions cover most of the signs that this was once a very busy mining town. There is not much that remains.

The supply of pit props for the various mines had virtually stripped the slopes around Sabie of all the indigenous trees, and thus the need for man-made forests arose.

These trees are said to form some of the largest man-made forests on our planet, which date back more than a hundred years to 1903.