With its high mountains, rolling grasslands and spectacular scenery Lydenburg
is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise and secures its place on the "must visit" list
Bordering Lydenburg is the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve, home to many wild
animals and birds but also to another astonishing historical treasure - a gentle
5km hike, to the extensive ruins of Stone Age villages dating to before 1500 AD,
showing both living quarters and agricultural terraces, is well worth the effort.
Replicas of Terracotta masks discovered in the Sterkspruit Valley are on display
at the Lydenburg Museum.
In 1848, Voortrekker, Hendrik Potgieter, relocated his followers in a fertile
valley at the foot of the Long Tom Pass, hoping to curb the loss of life caused
by a serious outbreak of malaria. The settlers named their new home Lydenburg, meaning
"Town of Suffering" in memory of their grief.
Notwithstanding its historical significance, Lydenburg's central location on
the escarpment makes it an ideal base from which to explore other world renowned
Mpumalanga attractions, like Blyde River Canyon, and The Kruger Park.