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Amsterdam

Amsterdam in Mpumalanga, South Africa
Amsterdam in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Amsterdam is a small sheep farming town located in the Grass and Wetlands region of Mpumalanga, South Africa

Geography and History

Predominantly a sheep farming town, there are however, fairly large plantations of gum, pine and wattle trees in and around this town.

A Glaswegian, named, Alexander McCorkindale, was the founder of this quaint town, originally named Roburnia. He had many plans for the town and surrounding farms, wanting to make it a home for Scotsman.  He did succeed in attracting around 50 Scotsman to his new "republic", but died before his plans came to fruition.

Roburnia became Amsterdam, which reflects the previously named Transvaal's link with the Netherlands.  Farms in and around the area still bear distinctively Scottish names.

The town lies close to the border with Swaziland.

Accommodation

Amsterdam offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses to Self-catering units.

Activities

There is a diverse range of activities available in and around Amsterdam, including hiking and mountain biking.

Restaurants

There are many restaurants on offer in this small town to suit every visitors budget.

Amsterdam Tourism Office Information
Telephone: 013 759 5300/01
Fax: 013 755 3928
E-mail: info@mtpa.co.za

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