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Carolina : Accommodation & Points Of Interest

Carolina - Mpumalanga


Carolina is located ion the Grass and Wetlands region of Mpumalanga. Carolina is well-known for its birdlife because of the wetlands and also provides a beautiful environment for hiking, having a large number of trails in the area, biking and many water sports including boating, fishing or just swimming.

In the late 19th Century there was an important wagon route from Johannesburg to the gold fields of the Kaap Valley in the East. Farmers in the area that was to become Carolina decided to establish a town as a stopover for wagon trains, and one of them, C.J.Coetzee offered them a portion of his farm providing the town was named after his wife. Carolina was duly established in 1882 and named after her. The town was proclaimed in 1885. The village was totally destroyed during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War and was later rebuilt. There are some good examples of sandstone architecture in Carolina's public buildings.

Today Carolina is a mixed farming and small scake coal and precious stone mining community. Carolina has a number of perfect examples of the spectacular sandstone architecture, especially in the public buildings and also boasts examples of San Rock art which can be viewed and explored

Accommodation that can be found in Carolina are: Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge and Guest Farm accommodation

Activities and Attractions in the area include:

Birdwatching - More than 200 species have been witnessed in the area, including bald ibis and crowned crane. Bennefoi Farm - The first trading post and post office in the area where build on this farm  which is 17km from town. De Ouede Kerk Restaurant - A sandstone building which was formally Carolina's Anglican Church, which is now housing a fabulous restaurant. Fishing & Watersports - This can be done at the two Dams, Nooiygedacht and Boesmanspruit which offer great facilities. Grobler Bridge - This bridge is over the Komait River on the Machadodorp road, it was build in 1896 and is now a national monument. Hiking Trails - The trails vary in length  and many are organized through the surroundings of the town, visiting the waterfalls, caves and bird breeding grounds. There are 3 trails in Carolina:
1. El Dorian Trails which has both hiking trails and horse trails.
2. Kranskloof Trail and
3. Suikerboschfontein Hiking Trail Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve - A pleasant reserve around the Nooitgedacht Dam northwest of Carolina. Rock Art - San rock artwork are found in the district