South Africa’s first ever goldmine
Start or end your adventure at a quaint tea room called Mother Holly’s. It is in the last original mining house with a museum of photographs, documents, maps and artifacts in quiet garden at the beginning of a 1km uphill walk to the mining area. Enjoy a good pot of tea, the largest scones in the world or a tasty chicken sandwich.
You’ll pass of the hole-in-the-ground diggings before reaching the Bendigo mine. You have to wear helmets and carry a torch, although there is ample lighting in the tunnel. Most of the time you can stand upright and most people do not find it claustrophobic. It is definitely worth a day trip if you are in the area. This ghost mine town leaves you with a feeling of lost, forgotten souls and is endlessly intriguing
The small fees are for the park entry & the mining museum only. Dust off your sense of adventure and go, it’s brilliant.
If you are looking for ideas for a day trip then consider Millwood Goldmine. Interesting piece of history set in spectacular natural beauty.
Nearby is a 9km hike through the Knysna forest as well as Jubillee creek which is well worth a visit with a picnic basket and swimming costume.
For more info contact Sanparks at 044 302 9021 or chat to one of our friendly staff members at Elephant Hide Lodge.