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.
Bergendal battle fought on 27 August 1900, represents to the Boers, the courage of their men in the face of overwhelming odds.It also represented the last stand of the ZARPS (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek Polisie), force of 74, as a unit, commanded by Sarel Oosthuizen of whom, 40 were killed or injured in the ensuing battle featuring heavy artillery fire.
Kruger National Park, proclaimed in 1898 by Paul Kruger (Sabie Game Reserve from 1898 to 1926), is globally reknowned for its wild life, but there is also a wide diversity of flora, from the Crocodile River in the south to the Limpopo River in the north, a distance of 360 kilometers, and encompasing an area of 19485 square kilometers.
A trip through the upper escarpment of Mpumalanga, must take in a visit to the Historical Town of Pilgrims Rest which was founded in 1873, after the discovery of gold by Alec "Wheelbarrow" Patterson. The site was declared a gold field on 22 September 1873,...
South Africa in the main relies on fossil fuels for its energy requirements. The Mpumalanga Province has a large concentration of these power stations which feeds off the rich veins of coking coal found extensively in the higher regions of the Province.
If you are travelling between Swaziland and Komatipoort a must see, and underrated site is the Samora Machel Monument and Museum at Mbuzini. The site is about 30 km off the R571 along a tarred scenic road alongside the Mozambique border.