Krugersdorp is situated about 20km west of Johannesburg, and is easily accessible from most major centres like Johannesburg, Pretoria, Sandton and Johannesburg International Airport. It is also close to Lanseria International Airport, and has its own Jack Taylor Airfield.
Founded in 1887 by M.W. Pretorius after gold was discovered on his farm Paardekraal, it was named after president Paul Kruger of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. Gold mining has always played an important part in the development of this town, and it is still possible to take a guided tour to some of the historic gold mines in the area.
Krugersdorp lies next to the world famous heritage site, the Cradle of Humankind, where one can visit the Wonder Cave and the Sterkfontein Caves, rated among the world’s richest sources of knowledge about the development of man. It was here in the 1950s that Dr Robert Broom found an almost perfect adult cranium that became known as Mrs Ples.
The town has a modern business centre, shopping malls and even its own bird sanctuary. Attractions include the 1400ha Krugersdorp Game Reserve, where a variety of antelope, rhino, hippo, giraffe and wildebeest roam freely and an enclosed park where one can watch lions feeding.
Also in the vicinity are trout farms, an eco adventure park, the South African National Bird of Prey Centre, horse safaris and for steam enthusiasts, the South African National Railway and Steam Train Museum. It is also an ideal place to start a tour of the Crocodile Ramble which highlights of some of the area’s best arts and crafts.
Useful contact numbers:
The Cradle of Humankind 011 355 1208
Krugersdorp Game Reserve 011 950 9900
The South African National Bird of Prey centre 083 585 9540
The South African National Railway and Steam Train Museum 011 888 1154
The Crocodile Ramble 011 957 3745|