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Winter in the Kwena Basin outside Lydenburg

Lydenburg (Place of Suffering) is a small town in Mpumalanga.

Get in

By car

Get around

As with most of South Africa it is best to have a hired car.


  • Lydenburg Waterfall (Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad for about 10km, there will be a small signboard indicating the falls to the left. Follow the gravel road for about 6km and you will find the falls). Not often visited by tourists as few know about it. Total height of 244m in 3 separate cascades.


There are a number of trout fishing lodges in the area.

  • Lydenburg Golf Course, +27 13 235-3391.
  • Lydenburg Museum, In Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve on the Long Tom Pass, about 3km outside town, +27 13 323-2121. Local history exhibits and replicas of the Lydenburg Heads (terracotta heads dated to the Iron Age)





There is a number of accommodation options available within Lydenburg, but you can also find sleeping place in the surrounding areas if you prefer a more country feeling.

The Kwena Basin, 20 km out of Lydenburg on the R36 towards Bambi offers plenty of accommodation and serves as an excellent stopover on your way to the Kruger Park.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under R500
Mid-range R500 to R1000
Splurge Over R1000


  • Spoelklippies (Kwena Basin), +27 13 256-9127. A tented camp in the Kwena Basin From R150pp.
  • Uitspan Caravan Park (49 Viljoen Street), +27 13 235-2914. Caravan and camping From R150pp.


  • Valencia Country Lodge (34km from Lydenburg on the R37), +27 13 231-7554.


  • Mount Sheba Hotel, Grootfonteinberg, 561 KT Lydenburg Road (Follow the R36 and R553 towards Pilgrim's Rest), +27 13 768-1241. From R707 per person sharing.

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There are many natural and geographic features within an hour's drive, Sudwala Caves, Echo Caves, Blyde River Canyon, plenty of waterfalls and the Drakensberg Escarpment.

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