Carolina is a small town in the Mpumalanga ‘Grass and Wetlands’ Region, near Chrissiesmeer, Badplaas and Machadodorp.
It is also the place where the Battle of Bergendal was fought between the British and the Boers in 1900.
Now days it is mainly a farming town with some great historical buildings, like the Grobler Bridge which crosses the Komati River. The bridge consists of four 9 metre stone arches and has a total length of 41 metres. The road from Machadodorp to Carolina crosses the Komati River by Grobler’s Bridge about 29 kilometres from Machadodorp. The bridge is named after Johannes Lodewikus Grobler who represented the Carolina district as a member of the Second Volksraad. There is also the Georgian Farmhouse, Brakspruit, Carolina. (I have searched high and low for a photo of the farm house but unfortunately, no go). Small precious stone and coal mines dot the area. However, the area around Carolina is known for its spectacular scenery and the main draw is the wealth of outdoor activities – hiking trails, 4×4 and quad-bike trails, MTB and horse trails, trout fishing, birding, picnicking and swimming in the nearby Komati River as it flows through the magnificent Komati River Gorge.
In the town itself is a popular and well known guest house, aptly named Waterfront Guest House (because it overlooks a lovely dam ). http://www.waterfrontcarolina.co.za/ Annatjie Oosthuizen started the guest house 11 years ago and has never looked back. Waterfront Guest House is rated Highly Recommended by AA Travel, has 4 starts from TGCSA and a happy thumbs up from us.
This luxurious guest house consists of 6 spacious suites each with private entrances, en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV and wifi in all the rooms, tea/coffee stations, microwave, fridge and secure parking. For the cold highveld climate there are wall-mounted heaters and electric blankets to keep you warm. A generator is on stand-by JUST in case of the unexpected power failures.
Each suite has a private “stoep” with great views of the dam. Flocks of birds to be seen!
This is a bed and breakfast establishment that will serve dinner on request.
Total capacity: 14 adults (extra children can be accommodated).
Whether you are interested in an overnight stay or a weekend getaway, go and experience the peacefulness that only the countryside can provide. AND Annatjie is a most gracious, accommodating host.
Getting there: From Johannesburg take the N12 east, then on to the N4. After 122km turn right on to the N11. At Hendrina turn left on to the R38. Total travelling time from Johannesburg is approximately 3 hours.
Contact details: Annatjie Oosthuizen can be contacted on email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can give her a call at 017 8432632 / 084 2585020. http://www.waterfrontcarolina.co.za/ You can also check out their Facebook page https://web.facebook.com/waterfrontcarolina/?fref=ts