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Ermelo Mpumalanga South Africa

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Ermelo Backpackers is centrally situated in Ermelo.
It is a residential home converted into a hostel.
Our hostel can accommodate 23pax in total.
It is typical hostel accommodation with shared bathrooms, lounge and fully equipped kitchen.
We offer dorm rooms and en-suite rooms with crisp clean linen and extra blankets for chilly nights.
Secure parking is available.

In Room Facilities:

* Linen, duvet and blankets provided.
* Bunk beds.
* Complimentary Wi-Fi.

Area Information:

Situated in the Grass and Wetlands region of the Mpumalanga province lies the town of Ermelo

Ermelo is the crossroads of three national highways, N2, N11and the N17, only Pretoria and Johannesburg are crossed by more. In other words we are situated en route to Kruger National Park from KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, Swaziland and Southern Mozambique.

If your watch is set right it’s the only town in Southern Africa where it is totally correct. GATEWAY BACKPACKERS and ERMELO is situated at exactly 30deg Eastern Longitude on the international map. Longitude and latitude are the lines by which position, date, and most importantly, time is calculated. The significance of the 30deg eastern longitude line is that it depicts time for the African continent - Central African Time or CAT.

The area is well known for its excellent horse breeders and small livestock.

Anthracite, coal and torbanite mining also takes place here.

Ermelo boasts magical beauty as it is ideally situated amongst the grass and wetlands region of the Mpumalanga Province.

ERMELO is the Grass & Wetlands' principal city.

Warm to Hot in summer. Mild to cold in winter, but can become very cold in the Highveld areas. The Grass and Wetlands is a summer rainfall area, with occasional snowfalls in winter. The typically cool nights on the grasslands and misty mornings are reminiscent of a European climate. May to September: Ermelo is very chilly this time of year and temperatures can drop well below zero at night.

Internet - Operates throughout the region.

Cellphones - Major routes and all centres.

Visitors will experience country living at its best with numerous restaurants. Well-positioned filling stations, with food courts, are available to travellers throughout the region.

Currency - SA Rand.

Health - No malaria.

Property Facilities:

* Secure parking.
* Lounge with satellite TV.
* Pool Table.
* Fooseball table.
* Fully equipped kitchen.


“Mpumalanga’s Mysterious Abondond Village” - Bonnefoi, Carolina Situated: 53km from Ermelo.

The Stone Village and Lake District of South Africa. 277 lakes of various sizes in 20km radius & historic little buildings as well as a bushman heritage site – Chrissiesmeer is a 20minute drive from Ermelo

Mysterious Stone Circles of the Komati and The Komati river / Eye of the Vaal and murder rock originates west of Carolina, rising at an elevation of about 1,800 m near Breyten in the Ermelo district – Situated : 29km from Ermelo

Rock Art Routes – Contact:

Goliath’s Footprint – Nu Scotland Area. Situated: 75km From Ermelo

Ratural Erosion Bridge/ Natural Standstone Bridge. Situated between Ermelo and Chrissiesmeer – Contact:

The Giant Mushroom Rock – Breyten. Situated: Contact:

McCorkindale Cave – Nu Scotland. Situated: 75km from Ermelo. Contact Tereisa at 082 479 4048

Ebutsini for Swazi Cutural Village – Situated along the Swaziland & Oshoek Border post. Contact:

Songimvelo Nature Reserve – Situated along the Swaziland & Oshoek Border post Contact: 011 463 3779 / 0724450637

Quad Bike and 4x4 route – Contact Rehan Wassermann 0825431511

Nkomazi Wildernes Cradle of life

Badplaas Contact: - Situated: 1hr 28min drive from Ermelo

Sandwiched between KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Swaziland with its Wetlands Reserve and Clive Beck Bird Hide, Bird Life SA and more. Situated: 125km from Ermelo

Within +-100 km radius from Ermelo towards Gauteng is Secunda known for its Cosmos festival, yearly Potato festival and Lake Umuzi Waterfront. Piet Retief has its own Cultural Village which also opened recently. Towards the Lowveld the road passes by at the well known Badplaas & Hydro with its hot mineral springs. The Emanzana Game Reserve stretches from Buffels Spruit in the South to the Towering Hlumuhlumu Mountain range in the north. Home to no fewer than 32 mammal species ranging from petite Springbok to white rhino. Not to be forgotten are the 152 bird species and entrancing topography.

For those interested in visiting Swaziland the border to enter at would be Nerston via a lesser known town Amsterdam which is a forestry/farming region. An initiative in 1867 as part of immigration scheme by A. McCorkindale as a Scottish settlement; by name of Roburnia (from Robert Burns). Also known as New Scotland.

Township Tours
A newly established tour of the township near Ermelo introduces visitors to the cultures of the people. For tours contact 0827867959


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Property Type Backpackers, Self Catering
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Erik H
03 November 2015

This is a very nice and friendly hostel located close to Lincoln Park. The staff were so nice and helpful
The area is quiet and there are a lot of good restaurants, bars, cafes and blue clubs in the Neighbourhood. Some evenings the staff take you to a bluse club for free. Stephan took for a great evening. Good price. But the standard are very basic regarding the rooms and breakfast that is free. I can recommend it much

28 December 2013

We stayed for a night on the way to Joburg. We were the only visitors, but the place was clean with good facilities and the staff was helpful. We really liked being able to use the computer and internet for free for the whole evening as we had many reservations to make and this saved us !

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Ermelo Reviews

Zanele November
20 March 2020

People are friendly and nice. Best Weather, lot of power station and making more money.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Beverley Carrington Hall
12 April 2019

A very underrated place! Had a lovely restaurant called BUTR.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5