Founded in a valley between two majestic strings of mountains by a
group of Voortrekkers in 1849, Lydenburg (place of suffering) or Mashishing (place
of long grass) was established as a municipality in 1927. At the foot of the
magnificent Long Tom Pass, the town has emerged from an agricultural past into
an exciting and vibrant agro-tourism one, brimming with history and has
recently expanded exponentially with large discoveries of wealth-creating
platinum. The sky’s the limit!
- Historical buildings - The Voortrekker School (1851) opposite the
Voortrekker Church (1852) in Lydenburg. Both buildings are national monuments,
restored from old pen-and-ink sketches drawn in 1867.
- Lydenburg Museum – a superb depiction of the Pedi people, their
chief Sekhukhune and their skirmishes with all and sundry. Not to mention a
scattering of ancient relics and some agricultural insights
- Gustav Klingbiel – a small nature reserve with good day walks,
easy access to stone circles and excellent raptor viewing
- The extraordinary Lydenburg Heads – the originals belong to the
University of Cape Town whilst replicas stand in the museum. The sculptures
date back to 400 AD and are thought to have been used in rituals… but by whom?
- Stone circles – strings of mysterious archaeological remains in
the form of circular stone circles that have got the locals talking. And,
- Trout fishing – Lydenburg is the country’s top fly-fishing
destination for rainbow and brown trout.
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