Ngwenya Mine

Ngwenya Mine: Hours, Address, Ngwenya Mine Reviews: 4/5

Historic Sites • Mines
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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JAKTracks
Roodepoort, South Africa305 contributions
Friendly park ranger
Nov. 2018
On arrival we were greeted by JB the local park ranger who took us on a guide tour of the mine, he shared a lot of his knowledge regarding the mine and area with us.Well he had to the building housing the museum had burnt down a month earlier. Bush fire.
Written 16 October 2019
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Raine F
Pretoria, South Africa27 contributions
Historical and "eye popping"
Sep. 2019
With this mine being the oldest in the world, dating back 43 000 years ago, it is rich in history and a marvel to the eye. Having a low priced guided tour, you take a 15 minute walk to a view point where you can peer down into the deep open cast mine on one side and the extensive Barberton mountain range on the other. This trip is a gem in the rough.
Written 16 September 2019
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Dara G
51 contributions
Nice place for a quick look
Sep. 2018
The place was closed when we visited, but it was nice to look at the mine from the top, it's quite a view. It's a little out of the way, but worth the journey. Pity you can't walk or hike here, only complaint really.
Written 24 April 2019
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maritsaj2018
Boksburg, South Africa22 contributions
Stunning View!!!
Dec. 2017 • Family
Looking at the scenery before you even enter the little mining museum is amazing on its own!
Small little museum with a lot of history.
Actually the oldest mine in the world. Kept on mining until they had hit water and now the locals use the water as holy water for baptisms.
Written 29 October 2018
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TravelingTheWorld
Minneapolis, MN464 contributions
Great views!
Oct. 2018 • Couples
The mine is now closed, but we were allowed to enter and drive up to the lake and Lion Cavern to hike. The views were amazing! There was recently a fire here and you can see the damage to the landscape and visitor center.
Written 26 October 2018
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Glyn216
Purley, UK9 contributions
45min hike and look around the small museum (Monkeys in the distance)
Sep. 2018 • Couples
After paying the guard at the gate (who would usually come in your car to give you a tour otherwise you are on your own), we drove 4mins to the museum, then another 1km to the parking area for our little hike to the top to the 'Lion Cavern' which is also listed on tripadvisor on it's own.
Written 9 September 2018
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,272 contributions
Nice scenery
Jul. 2018 • Friends
Ngwenya Iron-ore mine is no longer functioning but is a location where iron has been mined since 43,000 years ago. The visitor center has a small display on the history of mining in the area along with an old steam engine that was used to melt the iron. The displays explain the reason for the mines closing up as the route to the Mozambican coast becoming inaccessible up made it impossible to export the iron. A short drive from the visitors center is the Lion Cavern where the iron was mined 43,000 years ago. While the cavern itself is just a small hole in the rocks, the scenery along the way was fantastic with the colorful layers of earth left by the mining and the artificial lake created by it.
Written 24 July 2018
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Hannes Lazenby
Pretoria, South Africa334 contributions
Iron mine lost in time
Mar. 2018
Once the biggest open pit iron mine in the world, everything has an end date. Small mine museum on site as well as guides to take you on a tour
Written 11 March 2018
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Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,071 contributions
Gaping opencast mine
Jun. 2017 • Friends
This mine is the modern day site of the iron ore mining in Swaziland. The Ngwenya mountain had a large deposit of iron ore of which 2,8 million tons was mined and exported by a purpose built rail to Maputo (Lourenco Marques) and the by purpose built Norwegian cargo ships to Japan. The gaping opencast mine is truly something to behold. The mine did however destroy on early Iron Age mine, but left one perfectly in tact. The accompanying visitors centre is a must to understand the history of mining in the area. Visit the mine first and then the visitors centre.
Written 26 June 2017
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