Gravelotte is a small mining town situated 52 km north-west of Hoedspruit. It was established in 1916 and named after the farm owned by a Prussian missionary who had fought in the European Battle of Gravelotte (1870–71).
Gravelotte is located on the R71 route, and Gravelotte railway station connects the town to Mica, Hoedspruit, Acornhoek and Kaapmuiden to the south, and connects to Tzaneen, Duiwelskloof and Soekmekaar to the north.
Attractions in and around Gravelotte include:
– Leydsdorp is a former gold rush town 11 kilometres south-west of Gravelotte. It developed from a gold-mining camp and was proclaimed in 1890, but was virtually abandoned when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand. The hotel, restored in its old splendor, is definitely worth a visit.
– 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.
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