The town, originally named Nasaret, was established in 1866 to serve the wagon routes to the Lowveld and the coast. The town was renamed in 1874 and the first negotiations to end the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902 were held here. Today, Middelburg is known as the stainless steel capital of Africa. There are seven coalmines in the area as well as three major power stations and the railway line through the town carries some of the longest and heaviest coal trains assembled. The coal is transported by rail to Richards Bay from which it is exported all over the world.
Adventure And Sport
Hiking: Day and night lead through Middelburg’s beautiful floral environment. Choose from the Cycad Bobbejaan (a nine-day) Hiking Trail, the Cycad, Cycad Suikerbos and Cycad Tarentaal Trails.
Micro-lighting: Middelburg has a micro-lighting training school and trips can be arranged by prior appointment.
Road running: The Loskop Marathon between Middelburg and Loskop Dam is one of South Africa’s most popular long-distance events.
Sport: Middelburg Country Club boasts an 18-hole golf course, six tennis courts, three squash courts, a swimming pool and two bowling greens.
Water sport: Enjoy water-skiing and angling on the tranquil Middelburg Dam.
Archaeology And Palaeontology
KwaSimkhulu Ethno-Archaeological terrain: This newly discovered terrain lies just off the N4 between Middelburg and Belfast and is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. The finds here are representative of the culture and history of the Ndzundza/Ndebele people.
Art And Crafts
Art House: Enjoy a lovely cup of coffee at the Art House before you inspect the many arts and crafts items on sale.
De Oude Werf: Pop in at De Oude Werf Craft Market for a wide variety of art and local crafts.
Little Elephant/Ndlovu Encane: The Little Elephant art and crafts market is held at the Midway Inn Hotel. Local artists practise their crafts in several traditional huts on the premises and offer beautiful handmade items for sale. Traditional dancing and other performances are presented from time to time
Mhluzi “Township” Tours: The tour itinerary includes a visit to a squatter camp shack, a shebeen (township pub), traditional healer (sangoma) and a visit to a private home in the Mhluzi Township. Shopping opportunities and a traditional meal is also included.
Entertainment And Shopping
Kruger Dam Resort: The popular Kruger Dam Resort has several chalets, as well as camping and caravan sites.
Fauna And Flora
Middelburg Nature Reserve: Marked hiking trails traverse Middelburg Nature Reserve and allow you to view many different types of game in their natural environment.
History And Architecture
Dutch Reformed Church: The Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1890, was frequented by early “Voortrekker” pioneers who came from far and wide every few months to take Communion. The Church has been proclaimed a national monument.
Memorial Museum: Visit the Memorial Museum situated on the site of the former Anglo-Boer War concentration camp where a total of 1 381 women and children died. More Anglo-Boer War dead are buried in the Golfsig and Kanonkop Cemeteries.
Meyer’s Bridge: This historic old stone bridge, now a national monument, spans the Klein Olifants River and was built in 1896.
Railway Station: The Old Railway Station, built in 1890, is situated in Meijer Street and has been proclaimed a national monument