Botshabelo Historical Town, Museum, Nature Reserve and Hiking Trails
near Middelburg, Mpumanlanga
In 1865, two German missionaries, Alexander Merensky and Heinrich Grütner bought a farm in the Olifants River valley near Middelburg and established a mission station named Botshabelo (Place of Refuge). A fort was also built to protect the settlement called Fort Wilhelm and this eventually became Fort Merensky. A small town developed around the mission and includes a 2300ha nature reserve. The historical little town includes a beautiful little church and many period buildings that blend in so well. Accommodation can be booked through the number at the bottom of the page. Botshabelo is situated 8km outside Middelburg on the Groblersdal road. When you enter Middelburg from the Witbank direction Botshabelo is clearly signposted. There is no need to book the trails and payment is included in with the cost of the entrance at the main gate.
Three hiking trails of different lengths have been developed. These are well marked and focus on the Klein Olifants River and the gorge through which it flows.
For more information and bookings for the accommodation, church for weddings, caravan and camping
Telephone+27 (0) 13 245 9003
Tel/Fax +27 (0) 13 245 9000
Footprint Hiking Club
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