Middelburg has a rich cultural heritage, with many Ndebele attractions situated both in and aroundthe town. It has a fascinating Anglo-Boer War and World War history, evidence of which is found all over the town. It has wildlife adventures, action adventures, ghostly adventures and even shopping adventures for those inclined.
A large part of Middelburg’s success is down to the community, who really do believe in their town. This is evident in Middelburg winning Kwela Town of the Year 2015 and from the community policing forum, who are always on hand to help and who’ve helped reduce crime in this area significantly. To the individuals like Corine de Jonge who are developing historical tours to not only promote the town but also to inspire a sense of pride about Middelburg in the town’s children, who all do the route on a yearly basis.
The town’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry is another big driver, positively promoting both business and businesses in the town but also tourism. They have played a significant role in promoting Middelburg through a variety of measures, from moving the iconic train to it’s present prime location, to developing tourist attractions like the ghost tour.
Their over-arching aim is to develop a prosperous community through a mutually beneficial partnership between the tourism and the business / economic sectors. Currently CEO Anna Marth Ott describes Middelburg as an “undiscovered, hidden gem, in the Mpumalanga Tourism suite”. This is something she wants to address, with the Chamber’s dream being to transform Middelburg into a well know tourist attraction that draws Gauteng residents wishing to escape the rat race. The immediate goal is to make Middelburg an attractive day trip alternative to Hartebeestpoort Dam. At, just an hour away from Johannesburg and Pretoria and the gateway to Mpumalanga is well placed to achieve that goal.
Anna’s top four things you simply have to do while visiting Middelburg:
A boat cruise on Loskop Dam: Just 40minutes drive out of Middelburg is one of Mpumalanga’s hidden gems. Often overlooked Loskop Dam is a fabulous attraction for both pleasure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts. With half the dam open to fishermen and boaters while the remaining portion is dedicated solely to conservation. The Forever Resorts Boat Cruise will give you a real taste of the sheer magnitude of the dam and if you are lucky great sightings of some of the wild animals that call this area home. What’s more, the enchanting sunsets witnessed on the dam make for a fairy tale ending to a wonderful afternoon excursion.
Middelburg Historical Tour: If you are an Anglo-Boer War fanatic, you probably know the important role Middelburg played. With great historical buildings still beautifully maintained, like the building Louis Trichardt signed the peace treaty in and the English fort. It is a treasure trove of nostalgia. However there is a lot more than just Anglo-Boer history in this town. It is where the famous folk song Sarie Marias was penned, also home to the founder of and the first Nandos! There is also a significant Jewish history in the town.
Animal encounter at Ubetyan: Another fabulous day trip for Middelburg residents and those from further afield. Home to all kinds of rescued animals from striped hyena to white lions, it is a great place to see, close up, our wildlife in need of a second chance. This combined with the fantastic swimming pool, waterslide, restaurant, game drive opportunities and hikes make it a lovely day out for the whole family to enjoy.
A Spooky Ghost Tour: This is our newest and most sought after adventure. Hosted once a month, usually on a full moon, the ghost tour takes you around the cities haunted sites. From the haunted organ in the White Church, to the infamous cemetery and Dora’s tree, each story is more captivating than the last. The only question you’ll need to ask yourself is, do you really not believe in ghosts?
To find out more about what’s on offer contact Middelburg Tourism Information Office: firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)13 243 1923 or contact Corine de Jonge directly on: email@example.com | +27 (0)82 805 7967