History of Ermelo
Ermelo developed from the site of a church built in 1871 by the Rev. Frans Cachet and the site named after his friend from a town named Ermelo in the Netherlands. The first trade license being granted in 1884. Because of the numerous small lakes and rivers in the region and well before the town was formally established, the site has been used for many years as a stopping place for wagon trains traveling between Lydenburg on the Mpumalanga escarpment and Natal. The area was well known for its horse breeders and small livestock, and the first agricultural show was held in 1889. Ermelo was completely destroyed during the 2nd Anglo-Boer war and has been rebuilt since to become the pride of the Eastern Highveld
The Highveldt Heritage route
The highveldt Heritage route is full of unexpected treasures. From a giant mushroom rock, Stone age sites, hot mineral springs, rock art and a mysterious stone village, to Anglo-Boer battlefields and a tranquil lake district, you will be amazed at the diversity of things to see and do.
Did you know?
2500 Boers defeated 7500 British in a night attack during the Battle of Chrissiesmeer?