Tourist Attractions in Piet Retief, Grass & Wetlands, Mpumalanga

Tourist Attractions near Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Piet Retief Dutch Reformed Church

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Jacarandas en Piet Retief (primavera)

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Piet Retief-Sunset

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The small town of Piet Retief is situated on the Assegai River in the extreme South East of Mpumalanga. Weary travelers heading from Gauteng to the coast would be well-advised to rest in one of the many well-maintained guesthouses in the area. Piet Retief is the last major town before reaching the Elephant Coast, so it is also a good place to stock up on last minute items.

It is situated in the center of huge timber plantations and was originally established in 1883 on the farms Osloop and Geluk. The town gets its name from the voortrekker Piet Retief who was killed by the Zulu King Dingane in 1838, and whose descendants were the founders of the original village. Settlers of many nationalities, many of them Scots and Germans, found Piet Retief to be a charming village and an attractive farming area. The surrounding area abounded with indigenous hardwoods, including yellowwood and other valuable timbers, and these were initially cut up into planks and sent to the Transvaal Republic.

There was large scale planting of wattle between 1900 and 1910, and after the advent of the railways in 1911, forestry and woodworking soon became important industries in Piet Retief, and timber was transported from the area to the whole of South Africa and exported overseas. Piet Retief has developed into an important center for the timber industry with over 75000 ha of forest. Scottish and German influence can still be seen in the area, and German is still the first language of many families.

Things To Do in Piet Retief
Piet Retief Attractions
Piet Retief Golf Course: less than 5 km
Intombe Drift Battlefield: 50 km


Welgekozen Country Lodge in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga
11 individually decorated double bed rooms with either showers or baths. Tea & coffee facilities in every room. TV with M-Net and DStv in every room. Superb English or continental breakfast. Evening meals. Laundry facilities available.
Waterside Lodge in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga
This is the ideal place for any tourist or businessman who either want to relax or enjoy a good night's sleep in one of our 28 en-suite rooms/chalets. Our rooms offer a view over the dam, satellite television, braai facilities, laundry facilities...
Vredenhoff Bed & Breakfast in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga
Vredenhoff Bed & Breakfast is situated in the historical town of Piet Retief on the Rainbow Route and approximately 30km from the Kingdom of Swaziland. This stop-over between Johannesburg and Durban is ideal for both business people and tourists.
Wetlands Inn in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga
At Wetlands Inn we offer affordable accommodation for business & leisure travelers. We offer value for money and warm service. Our 14 en suite rooms offer a comfortable and refreshing stay and are equipped with a double bed, shower & toilet, te
Emahlathini Guest Farm in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga
Emahlathini Guestfarm is the ideal place to stay! Whether for work or pleasure. Emahlathini farm is 18 km out of Piet Retief towards the Swaziland border. It's tranquil and peaceful environment makes it the ideal stop-over for the tired rep on the

The small town of Piet Retief is situated on the Assegai River in the extreme South East of Mpumalanga. Weary travelers heading from Gauteng to the coast would be well-advised to rest in one of the many well-maintained guesthouses in the area. Piet Retief is the last major town before reaching the Elephant Coast, so it is also a good place to stock up on last minute items.

It is situated in the center of huge timber plantations and was originally established in 1883 on the farms Osloop and Geluk. The town gets its name from the voortrekker Piet Retief who was killed by the Zulu King Dingane in 1838, and whose descendants were the founders of the original village. Settlers of many nationalities, many of them Scots and Germans, found Piet Retief to be a charming village and an attractive farming area. The surrounding area abounded with indigenous hardwoods, including yellowwood and other valuable timbers, and these were initially cut up into planks and sent to the Transvaal Republic.

There was large scale planting of wattle between 1900 and 1910, and after the advent of the railways in 1911, forestry and woodworking soon became important industries in Piet Retief, and timber was transported from the area to the whole of South Africa and exported overseas. Piet Retief has developed into an important center for the timber industry with over 75000 ha of forest. Scottish and German influence can still be seen in the area, and German is still the first language of many families.