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Barberton is considered a kind of relic of the gold fever, which covered the Lowveld in the 1880s. Graham Barber and his cousins, along with thousands of other prospectors, came down the valley, but they found what they called Barber’s Reef, supposedly so rich in gold that it literally sparkled. Many of the old buildings are still standing and gold is being mined from the oldest and richest gold and silver deposits in the world, which are protected as “ancient precious metals”.
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Barhaven is one of the most elegant old buildings in Komatipoort and is now a museum, furnished in the style of a wealthy Edwardian family home. Two other museums that represent the early days are Fernlea House and Stopforth House. The only known verdict deposits in the world can be found in the rocks of the Kaapsehoop district. For hundreds of years Verdite powder was used by Sangomas (traditional healers) to promote fertility. The Fortuna Mine Trail in the hills above Kaapsehoop evokes images of the rigors that prospectors have endured in their search for gold.
Located on the southern bank of the Sabie River, in the heart of the Kruger National Park, Skukuza is the largest remaining camp in the park and serves as the capital. There is a debate over whether this function should be relocated to Phalaborwa, which is certainly more central to the park, but at the moment Skukuza is the main centre for conservation and research, and visitors can share the camp with scientists, conservationists and game rangers.
While this may affect the image of some visitors to a rest camp, you will benefit from the deal with access to the swimming pools, golf course, post office, bank, three museums, historic sites and the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library, all located in Skukuza. Skukuza is located in the south of the Kruger Park and is without a doubt the most popular camp, mainly because of the wildlife observation that is considered the best in the park – not least because the camp overlooks the Sabie River.
The Kruger Park: In the northeast of South Africa is probably the most famous and geographically largest national park in the country, the Kruger Park. It is part of the Peace Park “Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Areas”, which was launched in December 2002. With a total size of 36,800 square kilometers, it extends across the country borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique .
Kruger Park is serviced daily from Johannesburg via Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport), Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports. By car, it takes about five hours from Johannesburg for the approx. 500 km distance.
With an area of almost 2 million hectares, the Kruger Park, founded in 1898, is undisputed number one on the list of South Africa national parks in its diversity of life forms. In addition, the wildlife and environmental management of the park managers are world leaders. Alone, 336 tree species, 49 fish and 34 amphibian species, 114 reptile species, 507 bird and 147 mammal species are located in this national park. Among them of course the ‘Big Five’: rhinoceros, elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo. In addition to the abundance of flora and fauna, there are also historic attractions of priceless archaeological value such. For example, the prehistoric settlements of Masorini and Thulamela.