This small and well-preserved settler village had its own gold rush in 1882, at around the same time as propspectors were pouring into Barberton and Pilgrim’s Rest. Weekend homes and accommodation establishments superceded mining activity long ago, and this little village is now a popular getaway. Located 800m higher than the Lowveld, Kaapschehoop has a cooler climate and some spectacular views

Top attractions

  • Adam’s Calendar is a mysterious ring of stones overlooking Barberton. It is thought by some to date back thousands of years and to line up with the pyramids at Giza in Egypt

The wild horses often seen grazing the fileds around Kaapschehoop are descended from horses that were released here a century ago. Photo courtesy of Rudi von Staden

  • A deep grave next to a tree and lines of apparently worked stones would suggest a link with the era of Lydenburg’s mysterious stone circles
  • The Kaapschehoop Cemetery, deep in the forest, tells the tale of this gold rush town from its first settlers to the current day, through wars and pestilence
  • Beware Wild Horses! So says the road sign. And it’s true. These feral animals are descended from horses released here a century ago and can often be seem placidly grazing in the fields around the village
  • Kaapschehoop is an iconic centre for both art galleries and foodie hangouts
  • Numerous walks and mountain biking/horse-riding trails loop in and out of the hills and forest offering spectacular views interspersed with cool forests

Did you know?

The Kaap is a river that runs over the escarpment and through to Barberton. The Pride of De Kaap bush, part of of the Camelfoot family, is endemic here and not, as is commonly thought, to South Africa's Cape provinces.

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