Mpumalanga

  Wakkerstroom lies in the border of KZN and Mpumalanga with the escarpment dropping down towards Newcastle. The elevation and topography results in a cool climate and acts as a wetland that is an ideal home for many bird species.

[caption id="attachment_16343" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Facade of the old Stock Exchange Building dating back to 1887.[/caption] Auguste Roberts ("French Bob") discovered gold in Concession Creek on 20 June 1883. This discovery resulted in a gold rush to the area.

Arathusa Game Reserve is a private reserve based in the Sabi Sand Reserve and alongside the Kruger National Park. The fences are down so this reserve has the Big Five and leopards are an almost assured sighting. The acccomodation is luxury and the lodge provides...

[caption id="attachment_16152" align="aligncenter" width="506"] NGK Church 1888 - Foundation stone laid by Gen. Piet Joubert.[/caption] Carolina was originally an outspan started by Cornelius Coetzee in 1885 and named after his wife Carolina. The establishment of Carolina coincided with the gold rush centred around Barberton.

In addition to the Military Garden of Remembrance to the east of Barberton, is the old cemetery dating back to the early days of the town founded in the 1880's.

  For those with a Military bent, a short detour to this garden of remembrance is of great interest. The garden has the coat of arms of many S.A. Regiments dating from the Boer War through to WWII, a memorial to the Hamshire Regiment who died in a rail crash in Easter 1902 killing many of its members. Also included are monuments in the Barberton Cemetery commemorating concentration camp members.