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Wild Frontier

 
The Wild Frontier shares it borders Mozambique, Swaziland, making it possible to achieve the feat of visiting three countries in one day. Visit the historic town of Barberton a fantastic reminder of South Africa during the gold rush. The Wild Frontier is also referred to as the cradle of life, because of the important archaeological findings in the area that date back more than three billion years.
 

Towns

Barberton

Barberton

The ‘Gold Rush’ town of Barberton is situated in the heart of Mpumalanga’s Makhonjwa Mountains. With its mild Lowveld winters, rich history and wide array of things to see and do Barberton is the perfect year round holiday destination. Conveniently situated only 3 ½ hours’ drive from Johannesburg (via the N17 & R38), and 30 minutes from Nelspruit (along the R40). This Gold Rush town was founded in 1884, but it was the discovery Edwin Bray’s Golden Quarry transformed Barberton from a simply mining camp to a thriving Gold Rush “Boom Town”. Monuments to Barberton’s Golden past can still be seen along the Heritage Walk, while mining tours and gold panning experiences give a taster of what life would be like. Yet there is more to Barberton than gold. The mountains that surround Barberton contain some of the rarest rocks on the planet and the Geotrail transports visitors 3.5 billion years back in time to witness some of the earliest life on Earth! While the area surrounding the town is South Africa’s second largest biodiversity hotspot, home to iconic African animals and over 350 species of birds. The numerous 4x4 routes, hiking trails, quad bike adventures, cycle routes, and even paragliding experiences, allow Barberton to be explored in almost every way imaginable. So whether it is a thrill seeking adventure, nostalgic trip back in time, the answer to life on earth or simply a beautiful place to enjoy, Barberton has got it all and so much more!

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Hectorspruit

Hectorspruit

Hectorspruit is another small farming town in Mpumalanga. The town is and the stream that runs through it are named after a faithful hunting dog.

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Kaapmuiden

Kaapmuiden

On the N4 to Nelspruit there are many uninteresting small towns but one that is, is Kaapmuiden with its excellent butcher, brightly coloured Silo and its proximity to the fantastic Leopard Creek Golf Course.

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Komatipoort

Komatipoort

Komatipoort is situated in the area where the Crocodile River and Komati River come together.The name Komati originated from the original native Swazi called the River Nkomwzi, which means ‘river if comes’. The name poort is named after where the Crocodile River and Komati River meet through the mountain pass (poort), flows through the Lebombo Mountains into Mozambique.

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Louws Creek

Louws Creek

The tiny town of Low’s Creek was named after Scot David Ireland Low, who discovered a gold bearing reef in the vicinity. In 1895 the town became one of the stations on the Barberton to Kaapmuiden railway line, which drew more people to this small agricultural community. Low’s Creek Farm was given to Jack Dreyer, a member of the secret services during the South African War (1899-1902) for services rendered. While he didn’t farm the land, he ran the Dreyer Hotel, which went on to become the Low’s Creek Hotel when the main road between Witwatersrand and Komatipoort was completed. The closure of the railway line had a big impact on Low’s Creek and the town is now a shadow of its former self. Nevertheless the rich agricultural community surrounding the town provides passers-by with the opportunity to pick up fresh fruit at roadside stalls and to enjoy a scenic drive through the delightful patchwork of orchards, pastures and plantations. Close to Lows Creek are two wonderful attractions and oases of calm. The beautiful Boondocks Mountain Labyrinth, where visitors can escape the frantic pace of modern day life and reconnect with a simpler way of life. As well as outsider artist Nukain Mabuza’s Stone Garden. The beautifully painted rocks are still inspiring people from all over the world, long after Nukain’s death, and are a National Treasure not to be missed. Another interesting local icon is the painted Nkomazi Silo.

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Malelane

Malelane

Malelane is a laid-back and friendly town, a gateway to the Kruger National Park. Because it acts as a gateway to the park it has bed and breakfasts and large supermarkets to stock up before entering the park.

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