The Ridge Casino operated from temporary premises from 1998 while the Mpumalanga Gambling Board was in the process of awarding a permanent license.
When the license was awarded the Ridge Casino was built. It opened for operation on 24 September 2002 but was officially opened by the premier of Mpumalanga Mr. N.J. Mahlangu on 22 October 2002.
The Ridge Casino & Entertainment Resort is based just off the N4 toll freeway in Witbank and employs some 185 enthusiastic personnel. The Ridge has a smoking and a non-smoking casino with 425 slot machines and 18 tables (5 Blackjack, 10 Roulette and 3 Poker Tables).
Our entertainment and food & beverage section is made up of Cuban Coffee Shop, Baxters, Cosmic Candy, Explorers Restaurant, Hotdog Harry, Creche, MpowerFM Satellite Studio, 6 Cinemas, Ten Pin Bowling and Magic Company. We also have two hotels. The Ridge Hotel and StayEasy Hotel.
Physical Address: Cnr N4 Highway and Mandela Street (President Avenue), Emalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga
Fort Merensky, situated a short distance north of Middelburg in Mpumalanga dates back to 1865, when German missionary Alexander Merensky settled in the area. Merensky was sent to the region by the berlin missionary society, with the task of establishing the Botshabelo mission station. The fort, originally named Fort Wilhelm, after the German Kaizer, was constructed by german and Sotho builders, with the intention of protecting the mission station from attacks by Chief Sekukuni of the Pedi tribes. Later the imposing stone fort which displays a unique combination of German gothic and Sotho architecture, was renamed Fort Merensky.
Feeling threatened by the increasing numbers of foreigners entering his territory, Sekukuni grew more and more suspicious of the German Lutheran Missionaries of the Berlin Missionary Society, who his father had allowed into the kingdom in 1861 before his death. Sekukuni believed that by allowing his subjects to be converted to Christianity, the missionaries were undermining his authority, and conspiring against him with the local Boers. As a result, in 1866 Sekukuni expelled them and prohibited Christianity.
Today the fort, along with other mission buildings and a Ndebele village, now form an open-air museum. The museum is the starting point of a number of waymarked hiking trails. Walkers on the three hour long Botshabelo Trail are likely to encounter baboons, antelopes and gazelles. The Klein Aasvoelkrans Trail takes 6 hours, the Baboon Trail 8 hours.
Soetdoring Nature Reserve
The Soetdoring Nature Reserve is situated in Bloemfontein in the Freestate, South Africa. The name, Soetdoring originated from the many thorn trees found in the Freestate. This reserve is small but worth the visit. The whole family will enjoy some relaxing time away from the city lifestyle. It offers some spectacular scenery and most popularly it is home to lions. The reserve does offer accommodation for those who want to stay longer than just the day. There are many other animals to see such as a variety of buck, there are leopards and mongoose to name only a few. The Modder River also runs through the reserve which allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy some fishing. It also attracts many aquatic birds which is just another beautiful feature of this reserve. The picnic sites and braai areas are available and is a lovely, relaxing way to spend an afternoon in the warm sun. This is truly an experience not to be missed.
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Loskop Dam Game Reserve
The 2 300 ha dam is of course the focal point for water sport enthusiasts, but Loskop also offers nearly 14 000 ha of bushveld, that provide sanctuary to a vast array of plants and animals.
White rhino buffalo, eland, sable and giraffe are just some of the mammals that have been reintroduced to the reserve. Kingfishers, flycatchers, and bee-eaters are just some of the avian delights awaiting the avid birder.
After an adventure-filled day by the dam or in the bush all are welcome to enjoy a relaxing booze cruise and where one can watch a beautiful red sunset across the African bushveld with your favourite drink in hand.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT LOSKOP DAM GAME RESERVE:
- power boating
- booze cruise
SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Mammals: white rhino, buffalo, eland, sable, giraffe
Birdlife: wood hoopoe, fish eagle, kingfisher, flycatchers, bee-eaters
Kgodwana Ndebele Village and Museum
The Kgodwana Ndebele Village and Museum, situated 32 km north of Bronkhorstspruit on the Groblersdal Road, depicts the history and lifestyle of the Ndebele people from as early as a thousand years ago. Visitors to Kgodwana are greeted by Ndebele guide Khobongo Petrus Mahlangu, dressed in traditional attire of goat skin loin cloth, impala skin cape and cow hide sandals. Mahlangu provides guests with interesting and informative descriptions and stories about the adaptation of various aspects of the traditional Ndebele culture and lifestyles.
The Village and Museum consists of a series of reconstructions of traditional Ndebele dwellings, an exhibition of arts and crafts, and various demonstrations of beadwork, weaving and carvings. Visitors to the village are free to make their way through it and view a number of demonstrations of early Ndebele construction methods, as well as watching Ndebele people go about their daily lives. The community is knowledgeable in the fields of bead work, knitting and weaving, and painting, and as a result, the Kgodwana Ndebele Village and Museum has a strong focus on traditional arts and crafts, as well as providing visitors with the excellent opportunity to witness a craft which is becoming a dying art among the Ndebele: traditional Ndebele weaving.
The traditional Ndebele murals which decorate the walls of their homes, as well as beadwork and woodcarvings, each tell a unique story. Visitors are invited to discover the significance of the various patterns and colours used in the work. Also of interest is the small but significant collection of Ndebele beadwork and artefacts exhibited in the museum. Products on sale at the village range from small trinkets to traditional items such as Ndebele aprons and bridal trains. The Kgodwana Ndebele Village and Museum is open daily from 09:00 to 16:00. For more information call (013) 932-0894 or (013) 932-313.
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