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I was standing on the crest of the ‘hill of gold’ site of the Blaaubank Historic Gold Mine admiring the view of the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges behind and beyond Magaliesburg when the silence was shattered by the sound of eight excited young people emerging from two cars. From the called comments between the drivers, who looked to be about 20 years old, it was clear that they had found the drive up the rutted dirt road from the station to the mine to be a challenge that they were excited to have overcome. I wondered how they would have managed that track up the hillside in an oxcart in 1874, when the gold reef was first discovered there by the Australian prospector, Henry Lewis.
The youngsters rushed over to reception. With the exception, that is, of a pretty
girl wearing footwear that was entirely inappropriate for a walking tour of the Gold
Mine. She hopped along at the back trying to get grit out of diamante-
A few minutes later the group emerged from Reception with their tour guide and headed for the lamp room to collect their battery powered mining helmets. Not for them the old carbide lamp in the mine museum. The guide led them across the camp site. She told the group that they could camp there overnight and sleep out like prospectors in tents next to the mine entrance. Shrieks of horror rose from Sandal Girl when she realized that there could be snakes, scorpions, spiders or porcupines in the mine area. She calmed down as the guide explained the format of the walk into the mine.
The mine was operated without mechanical equipment and was hand-
These are turned off when the group has reached a certain point and they activate their helmet lights. After that, the only natural light is the odd seepage through air vents, which is reassuring for the claustrophobic and those scared of bats.
I knew from my own tour that the mine interior was cool, damp and dark. I had no
doubt that the youngsters would be intrigued by the guide’s account of the history
of the mine and the early mining techniques. I lingered over my picnic until the
She went off clutching her commemorative certificate and bragging that she was the
only one who would make a good miner. Presumably she had been paying attention on
the tour and learned first-
I was relieved for Sandal Girl’s part that this group of tourists wasn’t going to attempt the hikes down to the prospectors’ cemetery or the ruins of the original Magaliesburg Hotel. She would have had to contend with all manner of African reptiles and insects in the long grass and those sandals wouldn’t have lasted long! It was better by far for her to head back to civilization with good memories of her historic South African gold mine adventure.
A South African granny recounts the fun that her family had on a day trip ‘kids safari’
to the Rhino and Lion Reserve in the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg,
South Africa. The account indicates the variety of wildlife and educational activities
suitable for kids who want to enjoy a fun safari-
The Kruger Park in South Africa is an incredible experience of the bush and wildlife in a 2 million hectare African wildlife reserve. Negotiating this alien environment is a challenge for tourists unfamiliar with wildlife reserves in South Africa such as the Kruger National Park.
A look at the tour of an historic gold mine, through the eyes of the newer generation, as observed by the previous...
Many city travelers only care for the ‘Big Five’, and expect to see them in their
natural habitat, during a quick 30 minute, route-
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