Lydenburg at a glance
At the foot of the famous Long Tom Pass and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, you'll find the town of Lydenburg. Often seen as a gateway to the Kruger National Park, Lydenburg has its own charms. The area has an intriguing history, a warm climate and a wealth of wildlife. If you're a professional, Lydenburg's agricultural and mining industries offer plenty of career opportunities.
A brief history of the area
In 1850, Voortrekker leader, Andries Potgieter, and his people, were stricken by malaria at the settlement in Ohrigstad. Moving south, they found more pleasant surroundings and founded the town of Lydenburg. The name translates to "place or town of suffering" in memory of their loss. Before the Voortrekkers, the area was inhabited by Iron Age people and saw the arrival of the Pedi people. Their legacy lives on in the many Sotho speakers in the area.
Lydenburg's official name, "Mashishing", means "long, green grass". With its warm and temperate climate, you can see the inspiration behind the name. The temperature here averages 16.3 °C. If you're not a fan of humidity, you'll appreciate July in Lydenburg. This is the driest month with 5 mm of rainfall. With an average of 134 mm, the most precipitation falls in January.
Schools in the area
Your child can look to a better future in Lydenburg. There are lots of great options within walking distance. Primary schools include Lydenburg Primary School and Lydenburg Laerskool. There's also the Lydenburg Christian Private School, an independent combined school. For secondary schooling, look to Hoërskool Lydenburg, Mashishing Secondary School and Skhila Secondary School.
Healthcare in the area
You'll be able to live a healthy life in Lydenburg. Lydenburg Medical Centre gives you access to a range of medical services. There are also general practitioners, obstetricians, and optometrists available for treatment.
The Heads is Lydenburg's local shopping centre. It gives you an intimate but convenient shopping experience. Pop in for food, home decor, furniture, music, fitness, and other retail therapy delights. Around town, you can find clothing stores, supermarkets, hardware stores, and more for your daily needs.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
The driving distance from Lydenburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is 101 km. This will take you roughly an hour and 37 minutes to reach your destination with an average speed of 100.67 km/h.
Lydenburg has dining experiences for all tastes. For your fast food favourites, you can head to the local Ocean Basket, Wimpy, KFC or Debonairs. You can enjoy a hearty breakfast at Café Crust, soak in the cosy atmosphere at JamJar Lounge or try a delicious drink at Okus Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge.
A day out in Lydenburg is a rewarding one. Here's where you can go:
1. Lydenburg Museum
Here you can see replicas of the Lydenburg Heads, a notable Iron Age archaeological discovery. There are cultural items from settlers as well as from the Pedi people. There's also a distillery where you can sample mampoer, a traditional Afrikaaner brew.
2. Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve
Whether you're a fisher, hiker or avid picnicker, you'll take pleasure in this pretty nature reserve. The area is home to gorgeous views from the rainbow-trout-stocked Sterkspruit River, quartz cliffs, forested kloofs to serene grasslands.
3. Voortrekker Church
As soon as Lydenburg was founded, this church was built. It is presently the oldest existing Dutch-Reformed church building in Mpumalanga. It's a good example of Dutch architecture.
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