Wakkerstroom, meaning 'awake or lively stream' gave its name to the town established on its banks in the 1870s. The town is the second oldest in the Mpumalanga province.

The district owes its prosperity to sheep, cattle, shale oil fields and tourism with over forty accommodation establishments.

During the Anglo-Boer war, a small British garrison was besieged for three months in a fort in the town and when peace came they marched out with flying colours.

Today Wakkerstroom is the perfect destination to relax, rest and soothe your soul and is the ideal place to stopover en route to or from the Drakensberg, Kruger Park, various Kwa-Zulu Natal National Parks and the Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal coast.

The area which is mountainous with kloofs, springs, vlei areas and dams is internationally renowned as a birder's paradise.

People from all over South Africa, as well as around the world, chose to make this their home reulting in a talented and colourful society.

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