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Afrikaans name: Badplaas

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Badplaas

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Badplaas

Badplaas

Photo © Steven Herbert

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Badplaas, now known as eManzana, was established in 1876. It is a small town situated on the R38 between Carolina and Barberton.

The main claim to fame in the area is the hot spring which spews out 30,000 litres of water, with a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius, every hour. The spring was first discovered by Swazi tribesmen who gave it a name of 'Emanzana' which means healing waters. The spring now forms part of a resort.

When gold was discovered near Barberton in the 1880's there was a stampede of miners to that area. On weekends many of the more successful miners would visit the hot springs to refresh themselves after toiling in the mines all week.

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