Top 10: Historical sites in Mpumalanga

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1 Makonjwa Mountain, Songimvelo Reserve

Nominated for World Heritage Site status, Makonjwa dates back some 3.6 billion years and is one of the most well-preserved sequences of sedimentary rocks on earth. more

2 Barberton

Born of a gold rush and home to the country’s first stock exchange, Barberton today is charming with well-preserved history and culture. more

3 ZASM Tunnels and Five Arches Bridge

Located in Emgwenya (formerly Waterval Boven), you can take a stream train ride through this historic area filled with South African War (Anglo-Boer War) sites. more

4 Lydenberg (Mashishing) Museum

Situated in the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve, the Lydenberg Museum is an absolute must-see. A real highlight is the replica Lydenberg Heads, a series of artistic clay masks excavated here that date back to 500AD. more

5 Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp in the Kruger

The Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park is an amazing museum that tells of the history between human and elephants in one of the world’s most famous national parks. more

6 Samora Machel Monument

The Samora Machel Monument can be found in Mbuzini, near Malelane. This is a melancholy memorial marking the spot where Mozambican President Samora Machel died in a mysterious plane crash in the 1980's.

7 Alanglade House, Pilgrim’s Rest

A comprehensive, imaginative period museum that depicts the more elegant lifestyles of the final gold rush days. more

8 Jock's Memorial

It’s a pleasant drive from Pretoriuskop Camp (Kruger National Park) along the Old Transport road to the spot where a humble cairn marks the birthplace of South Africa’s favourite Staffie terrier, Jock of the Bushveld. more

9 Robber's Pass

Robber’s Pass is located near Pilgrim’s Rest. The top of this scenic mountain pass marks the spot where a character named Dennyson once hi-jacked a stagecoach full of gold! more

10 Mbombela Stadium

Incorporating the Big Five in its design, this stadium was built for the FIFA 2010 World Cup tournament. more