Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights – this is real Africa.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks – Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.
The well known Loskop Dam Nature Reserve can be found deep in the Cultural Heartland of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. The Loskop Dam is a 27km long dam which makes it the largest dam in the Southern Hemisphere. The dam measures over 2 350 hectares and is situated within the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve which itself comprises of 23 000 hectares of picturesque bushveld. The Loskop Dam reserve covers 230km², of which 23km² comprises of water.
The Loskop Dam Nature Reserve is a luscious paradise and home to an abundance of vibrant birdlife and exciting wildlife. In fact, there are over 70 species of mammals on the reserve including 3 of the Big Five, the Buffalo, White Rhino and Leopard. It is therefore a protected area. Other fascinating wildlife such as hippo, warthog, giraffe, plenty of buck and other wildlife abound in the spectacular Loskop Dam reserve. Game viewing by boat, water sports and hiking trails afford visitors the opportunity to explore all the wonders of this tranquil and picturesque area.
The Loskop Dam Nature Reserve is situated in a Malaria-free environment with a lovely subtropical weather and summer rainfalls. The weather is therefore perfect all year round. Fishing is a major attraction in this reserve and every year more than 1500 avid anglers flock to the dam to take part in the Light Tackle Boat fishing competition. The most desirable species found in this dam are carp, blue and red breasted bream, yellow fish, sharptooth catfish, eels, mudfish and many more other species.
The Loskop Dam Nature Reserve also affords travellers the opportunity to enjoy many other activities such as horse riding and paint ball. Loskop Dam Nature Reserve is an ideal holiday destination and within minutes of bustling little villages and farming communities. For the ideal getaway destination in tranquillity and beauty, take some time to explore the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve.
8km/5mi north of Middelburg on R 35 a road goes off to Fort Merensky (5km/3mi). The origins of the fort go back to 1865, when Alexander Merensky settled here, charged by the Berlin Missionary Society to establish Botshabelo mission station. The name Botshabelo means ”place of refuge”. The fort was built by Sotho workmen and shows an interesting mix of African and European ideas. The fort, along with other mission buildings and a Ndebele village, is now an open-air museum.
The museum is the starting-point of a number of waymarked hiking trails. Walkers on the Botshabelo Trail (3 hours) are likely to encounter baboons, antelopes and gazelles. The Klein Aasvoelkrans Trail takes 6 hours, the Baboon Trail 8 hours.
Hobbies & Activities category: Observe ethnic peoples, folk customs; Town walls, fortifications, gates; Hiking opportunity; Village reconstruction, open-air museum
Botshabelo Historical Village and Reserve is a proclaimed Heritage Site, which offers a country lifestyle, Highveld tranquillity and magnificent vistas of the Klein Olifants River gorge. The local communities are the beneficiaries of this tourism development. A unique experience has been created by using the old missionary houses and buildings as accommodation.
A number of rooms and houses are available to provide for a maximum of 70 people. The current accommodation is self-catering and guests share kitchen and ablution facilities. There is also a caravan park under huge blue-gum trees on the banks of the Klein Olifants River.
Activities include visits to a Ndebele village and museum, an old missionary station with church, which is ideal for countryside weddings, game walks and drives, three one-day hiking trails, horse-riding, a hall for conferences and workshops, guided tours through the historical village, refreshments at the tea garden and visits to the Merensky Fort.
A few kilometres north of the small town of Middelburg lies the museum village of Botshabelo. It preserves the culture of the Ndebele, who belong to the large group of Nguni peoples. They presumably came around the 15th and 16th century from Natal to live here in a quasi-peaceful co-existence with other Nguni groups.
When the Boers settled in the 18th century north of the Vaal River, many Ndebele were employed as farm workers. The cultural heritage became marginalised. Only the communities in the south managed to preserve their traditional ceremonies and still show their identity through the unique colourful decoration of their houses. In their wall painting they abstractly depict items they saw when they first came into contact with white people. For example, they imitate the geometrical shapes of a razor blade or letters of the alphabet. Just as colourful as the wall paintings are the clothes and beaded jewellery of the women. They are a reflection of the family’s social status.
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The 18 hole Golf Course, host to the 2005 South African Country Districts Championships, and 2007 S.A. Girls championships, offers a challenging round of golf with sloping kikuyu fairways, bent grass/true putt greens and veldgrass rough. During the 70’s Gary Player designed the 2nd Nine and opened it for play in 1974.
The Golf Section is affiliated to S.A.G.A. and S.A.L.G.U. and therefore offers all affiliated members reasonable playing fees. We have reciprocal arrangements with a large number of golf clubs nationally and welcome all visitors to our club.
The Golf Shop and Driving Range
A fully equipped Golf Shop is situated on
the Eastern veranda of the clubhouse. You are also required to register here for all golf games. The driving range with its intimate tuck shop is situated to the south and within walking distance from the guest lodge. This is a privately operated business within the confines of the Golf Club