town in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Lydenburg (Place of Suffering) is a town of 37,000 people (2011) in Mpumalanga. Lydenburg has become the centre of the South African fly-fishing industry and is an agricultural and mining hub.

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Winter in the Kwena Basin outside Lydenburg

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As with most of South Africa, it is best to have a hired car.

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Dutch Reformed Church
  • Lydenburg Waterfall (follow the R36 to Ohrigstad for about 10 km, there will be a small signboard indicating the falls to the left; follow the gravel road for about 6 km and you will find the falls). Not often visited by tourists as few know about it. Total height of 244 m in 3 separate cascades.

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There are a number of trout fishing lodges in the area.

  • Lydenburg Golf Course, Buhrmann St, +27 13 235-3391.
  • Lydenburg Museum, In Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve on the Long Tom Pass, about 3 km outside town, +27 13 323-2121. Local history exhibits and replicas of the Lydenburg Heads (terracotta heads dated to the Iron Age)

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There is a number of accommodation options available within Lydenburg, but you can also find sleeping place in the surrounding areas if you prefer a more country feeling.

The Kwena Basin, 20 km out of Lydenburg on the R36 towards Bambi offers plenty of accommodation and serves as an excellent stopover on your way to the Kruger Park.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under R500
Mid-range R500 to R1000
Splurge Over R1000

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There are many natural and geographic features within an hour's drive, Sudwala Caves, Echo Caves, Blyde River Canyon, plenty of waterfalls and the Drakensberg Escarpment.

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