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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Leydsdorp



Photo © Johan van Zyl


Leydsdorp is a town that is lost in time. It started off its life in 1890 after gold was found in the area but was later left to become a ghost town after richer deposits of gold were found on the Witwatersrand. Today there are signs of a revival as some restoration work is bringing life back to the town.

The town was named Leydsdorp in honour of the State Secretary of the South African Republic, between 1888 and 1897, Willem Johannes Leyds.

Some resources say that Leydsdorp was declared a city on the 1st October 1890 which, if true, would have given it the honour of being the smallest city in the world.

The surrounding area is home to some game farms. The town also is home to a massive Baobab Tree which is something that is worth visiting.

Leydsdorp - a village lost in time

A town lost in time

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Baobab Tree

A massive Baobab Tree is a must see in the area

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 286

Getaway - Vol 32 No 3 - Author: - Year Published: 2020 - Page: 96

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 193

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 76

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 268

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