Lydenburg (Mashishing)

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 town brimming with history, and has expanded exponentially thanks to the discovery of large platinum deposits. The sky’s the limit!

Top attractions

The Voortrekker Church is presently the oldest Dutch Reformed building in Mpumalanga. Photo courtesy of mastahanky

  • 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 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, mostly, disagreeing
  • Trout fishing – Lydenburg is the country’s top fly-fishing destination for rainbow and brown trout

Did you know?

The stone circles in this region are thought by some archaeologists to date back to an Indian Hindu presence in the region around 2 000 years ago.

For more information

Lydenburg Information: +27 (0)79 515 7799

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