- Middelburg (MP)
Stainless Steel Capital of Africa
Middelburg is a large modern, farming and industrial town situated in the Cultural Heartland of Mpumalanga. The town is located perfectly between Pretoria and Mashishing (Lyndenburg) and often serves as a stopover for travellers en-route to the Kruger National Park.
The setting is an outdoor enthusiasts dream, with many hiking, mountain biking and 4X4 trails to explore. The Olifants and Selon Rivers carve out gorges in the landscape which in turn provides shelter for approximately 85 bird species offering quality bird watching experiences.
The Botshabelo historical village offers a unique cultural experience and the town offers historical attractions such as the Dutch reformed Church, built in 1890 and Meyers Bridge, built in 1896 which has remained standing for over a century, surviving numerous floods.
Nearby, the Middelburg Nature Reserve incorporates the Loskop Dam and at 38 km long it makes it the longest Dam in the country. The Dam has become a top spot for freshwater fishing and water sports lovers.
Middelburg has a number of good restaurants and pubs and offers plenty of accommodation options from B&B’s and Guesthouses to Hotels and Resorts.
Things to do and see
- Fort Merensky
- Botshabelo Mission Station
- Middelburg Dutch Reformed Church
- Kees Taljaard Park Stadium
- Ribbokkloof 4X4 & MTB Trails
- Buffalo Gorge 4X4 Trail
- Ribbokkloof Hiking Trail
- Cycad Hiking Trail
- Amora Bird Park
- Mbidi Resort & Animal Sanctuary
- Loskop Dam Nature Reserve
- Middelburg Golf Course
Middelburg receives approximately 683 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -1˚C and 22˚C.
There are daily flights into Lanseria Airport, approximately 187 km’s away along the N4 and O R Tambo International Airport, approximately 145 km’s away via the N12. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
The Dutch Reformed Church bought the farm of Sterkfontein and in 1864 the town of Nasareth was developed here on the banks of the Klein Olifants River by the Voortrekkers.
The name was changed in 1872 to Middelburg to mark its situation midway between Pretoria and Lydenburg.
Known as the ‘Stainless Steel Capital of Africa – Columbus Stainless, a large stainless steel plant, constructed in 1965, and Thos Begbie, a company established more than 120 years ago, are both situated here. For many years, the industrial activities of the steel plant and its peripheral activities, such as coal and transport, provided much of the employment and largely drove the economy of the town
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