Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Horse back riding in Lydenburg.

Lydenburg means 'place of suffering', not a very welcoming name, but it does reflect the history of this quaint little town. It was established in 1850 to commemorate the suffering of a little town called Andries-Ohrigstad, which was, sadly, wiped out by malaria.

The Voortrekkers that did survive were forced to relocate to a town further south, which they named Lydenburg. Lydenburg still hosts some relics of Voortrekker life, including the first school and the first Dutch Reformed Church.

The mining of chrome, gold, platinum, as well as agriculture plays an important role in the economy of Lydenburg today. The town is also the main soya bean growing region of South Africa, an important tobacco, grain, wool and cotton growing area.

The area around Lydenburg is dotted with tranquil streams and rivers, all of which are teeming with Trout. Fishermen can cast their rods and try their luck in these waters, in the hope of catching one of these feisty creatures.

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