Kaapsche Hoop originally gained fame as a gold mining town, when gold was discovered in 1882 in a small creek running through the town.
However, the earlier discoveries of gold at both Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton, plus the meager returns obtained led to the town going into decline.
Many horses were brought to the Kaapsche Hoop during the gold rush. After the deterioration of the town, the horses were left to run free. These horses are still around today and roam wild and free in the area.
The abandoned gold mines have had a positive effect on the rare Blue Swallows in the area. The old mine shafts provide an ideal breeding ground for the birds.
Today the town has been rediscovered as a beautiful tourist destination, offering many nature and eco-related activities.
|Country name||South Africa|