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In 1874 the Blaaubank Gold Mine was the first gold mine to be found on the Witwatersrand reef. Placed at the top of the hill overlooking Magaliesburg, the Historic Mine has a panoramic view of the settlement and its surrounding hills. The Mine has repaired its entry route over the low water bridge near Magaliesburg Railway Station. The soil track up to the mine is no challenge for a sedan driven at about 25km per hour.
The mine not only offers walking tours into the former hand-
The 45 minute tour requires more attention and durability than most children under 5 have. The terrain is also not suitable for little children and babies in prams or pushchairs.
Two guides have been trained to offer all the facts required on this historical
mine. The mechanical plant was used after ore had been hand dug. Pestle and mortar
style crushing released gold granules for panning. The mine has utilised the plant
since 1874, and it still works for the modern-
The Mine staff try to see to it that that visitors are kept safe. When ground water drips through the mine roof after rains, visitors are not allowed to enter the mine shaft. Hard hats have to be worn and appropriate footwear is highly advisable. There are insects and some risky creatures such as porcupines in the mine. Jeans and ankle boots are suitable to avoid bites or stings. Tours do not take place at certain times of the day. The tour guides are constantly geared up to take visitors on the tour whenever they are requested to do so. Individual contact with the guides makes each tour unique for clients. The mine can normally be reached for group bookings (discounted rate) on 011 565 6855.
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