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Lydenburg’s name is derived from Dutch meaning "Town of Suffering" which does not reflect on the town’s status today. Founded in 1849 by a group of Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Potgieter, the town became the capital of the Lydenburg Republic which was on the wagon route to the port of Delagoa Bay, now known as Maputo. There is talk of Lydenburg being renamed Mashishing and the town is not suffering in the midst of its success in agriculture (potatoes), mining and fly fishing
Before the town was discovered, something older lurked in Lydenburg. The earliest known forms of African sculpture in southern Africa dating back to AD 400 was found in the area in the late 1950s and this draws many visitors which add to the population of over 81 000 locals.
At the foot of Longtom Pass on the R37, the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve comprises an area of 2,200... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.