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Slightly off the beaten track, Badplaas in eastern Mpumalanga Province was established around a sulphur spring in 1876. The spring was believed to cure many an ailment and gold miners would regularly visit over weekends to bathe in the waters. Recently renamed eManzana, this pretty town incorporates a nature reserve and is located along the road linking Johannesburg with Barberton. The Seekoeispruit (hippo stream) River runs through Badplaas, popular with fly fishermen.
Nowadays the spring’s therapeutic waters are enclosed in a vast pleasure resort that attracts visitors from all parts of the world.
Badplaas lies in a well-watered and low-lying grassland area where water has collected over millions of years deep in the earth’s core, heated to extreme temperatures and percolated through sandstone before reaching the surface. The water consists mostly of sulphate and other chemicals deemed to have long term benefits. With a worldwide drive towards a healthier, more natural lifestyle, travellers are seeking treatments... Show more