Mpumalanga

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.

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.