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The province of Mpumalanga has many fantastic destinations on offer with the charming town of Ohrigstad being one of its finest. Nestled at the foot of the imperious Drakensberg Mountains, Ohrigstad is known as the gateway to the Panorama Route and is in close proximity to both the Blyde River Canyon and the Echo Caves. Ohrigstad is also one of Mpumalanga’s oldest towns and has an enchanting and somewhat controversial history. The town was originally founded in 1845 and named after Hendrik Verwoerd, the leader of the Voortrekkers, and George Ohrig, but it was abandoned in 1848 after a malaria epidemic shattered the community. It was only resettled in the early 1900s and, today, is a proudly malaria-free zone.
Life in Ohrigstad is pretty laidback and serene. People here are friendly and helpful, while the landscape is magnificently beautiful and mesmerising. This diverse farming community has become popular for weekend getaways where visitors indulge in the pastimes of hiking, fly fishing, horse riding, and many other terrific outdoor activities. Ohrigstad is also popular because of the water sports one can enjoy along the Blyde River Canyon as well as the rich bird life, wildlife experience, and multitude of flora found within the vicinity. The wildlife in particular is pretty impressive with the likes of mountain reedbucks, crocodiles, hippos, zebras, waterbucks, kudus, impalas, and others found in the various escarpments around the canyon.
Another major attraction in Ohrigstad is undoubtedly the Echo Caves. Discovered in the 1920s, the caves became a major archaeological finding particularly as they are situated under the rolling hills of Mpumalanga. As they are the oldest caves of their kind, they have been declared a Historical Monument and remains a firm favourite amongst local and foreign visitors alike.