Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa
With a population of more than 350 000, Krugersdorp is the industrial hub of Western Gauteng and was founded in 1887 by MW Pretorius when gold was discovered on his farm, Paardekraal. The mining industry has formed an integral part in the development of the town, which has a rich cultural and historical background.
Krugersdorp was named after President Paul Kruger of Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. It played an important part in South African history and came into being because of two important events in the history of South Africa: the Transvaal War of Independence (1881) and the discovery of the Witwatersrand Goldfields (1886). These events had far-reaching political and economic consequences in South Africa's development.
By the time the town was founded, the existence of the gold reef along the Witwatersrand was ell established and thousands seeking their fortunes pitched their tents and pegged their claims. In 1888, Krugersdorp was proclaimed a separate gold field.
Krugersdorp offers visitors all the benefits of a city, with a modern business centre and shopping malls alongside many smaller shops, schools, all the necessary amenities, as well as game reserves and a nearby bird sanctuary.
Krugersdorp has the Jack Taylor Airfield and is easily accessible from Pretoria, the R28/N14 highway, Johannesburg, Johannesburg International Airport, the N1 highway, and Lanseria Airport on the R511.
The nearby 1 400 hectare game reserve in dense bushveld with plenty of game is one of the town's major tourist attractions. Also in close proximity are various national monuments and the Cradle of Humankind with the Sterkfontein Caves and the Wonder Cave.
Krugersdorp offers ultra-modern sport facilities including
an ice rink of international standard, gyms and sport stadium.
Ngonyama - Krugersdorp Game Reserve - Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa
Set in undisturbed natural grasslands and virgin bush only 20 minutes from Krugersdorp and the city of Johannesburg, with comfortable accommodation, game drives, confrence facilities, pool, restaurant and superb cuisine
Accommodation includes chalets and rondavels, fully serviced thatched cottages and luxury 2-berth en-suite units. In undisturbed natural grasslands and virgin bush, 20 minutes drive from Johannesburg, lies the unique family retreat with its splendid diversity of game, birds, trees and grasses. This is a place where you can be close to nature, unwind and share in the rich heritage of an African legacy.
Relax any time of the day or night in a sparkling pool or just enjoy the ambience of our intimate bar before moving through to the restaurant to indulge in our superb cuisine. Day or night game drives on open Land Drovers! We must ensure that our visitors have the best of both worlds - the excitement and adventure during the game drives and the ultimate in luxury and relaxation when back at camp.
A conference is one of the rare times that the opportunity arises to mix business with pleasure, and it cannot be stressed enough that the choice of a conference venue has a direct and important bearing on the success of the conference. Here delegates are removed from the strain of daily responsibilities and in a relaxed atmosphere, they can really enjoy the benefits of training session. We cater for the ``Conference with a difference"!
Krugersdorp Game Reserve and Ngonyama Lion Lodge offers you a truly African experience. Situated in a stretch of virgin bush and grasslands just west of Krugersdorp, the locality of this reserve makes it within easy reach for weekend visits, day visitors and conference venues.
An airfield right next to the reserve (with transport to and from) makes it the ideal venue for any guests from any part of the country. The game reserve is equipped to take coach tours and provides guides with detailed knowledge of the park.
Krugersdorp is a mining city in the West Rand of Gauteng, South Africa. Ifs population is cca 290,000 (2001). Krugersdorp was founded in 1887 by Marthinus Pretorius and named after Paul Kruger.
Apart from gold, manganese, iron, asbestos and lime are also mined in the area. Krugersdorp is the site of the December 1880 gathering at which more than 6,000 men vowed to fight for the Transvaal's independence. When gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand, a need arose for a major town in the west of the reef.The government bought part of the farm Paardekraal and named the new town after the Transvaal President Paul Kruger. The British built a concentration camp here during the Second Boer War to house Boer women and children.
In 1952 the West Rand Consolidated Mine was the first in the world to extract Uranium as a byproduct of the gold refining process.
Krugersdorp no longer has a separate municipal government, and the municipality has become part of the Mogale City municipality, along with surrounding towns.