Leydsdorp is a former gold rush town situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa. This ghost town is 11 kilometres south-west of Gravelotte and 53 kilometres south-east of Tzaneen.
It developed from a gold-mining camp and was proclaimed in 1890, but was virtually abandoned when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand. Named after Willem Johannes Leyds (1859–1940), state secretary of the South African Republic from 1888 to 1897.
Attractions in and around Leydsdorp include:
– The Leydsdorp hotel, originally established in 1890 by a Dickenson during the gold rush is definitely worth a visit. The hotel rooms have en-suite bathrooms, DSTV, air-conditioning and tea/coffee facilities.
– Daily trips from the Leydsdorp hotel will take visitors to the historical mineshafts, situated on the farm.
– The SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary is a 5,000 ha (50 km2) wildlife rehabilitation center and reserve, located a few kilometers south of Leydsdorp, and near the western boundary of the Kruger National Park.
– The giant Baobab tree on the road to Leydsdorp is over 2000 years old and still growing.
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