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Regarded as the coal capital of the world, the town of Witbank in the Mpumalanga Province was a rest camp along a wagon route in its history before the town was officially laid out in 1903 to service the collieries that sprang up after a railway line reached the area.
Although there are substantial deposits of coal, Witbank also has a large steel and vanadium industry and the surrounding areas are mostly farmland consisting of dairy, sheep and vegetable farming. Witbank is a strategic stop between Johannesburg and the Mozambique coastline on what is known as the Maputo economic corridor.
The Witbank dam is one of the largest in the country and with a casino, and shopping and sports facilities, Witbank has sufficient entertainment to enjoy a holiday in the town. Witbank was officially renamed to eMalahleni in 2006, however, the old name is still regularly used.
Witbank lies halfway between the bright lights of Johannesburg... 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.