Events in Mpumalanga 2017

With all the exciting events coming up this year, don’t miss out on booking your accommodation with Welgelegen Manor. Although a short distance away from the Manor, you will enjoy coming home to five star luxury after exploring our beautiful area.

Keep a close eye on the specials we have running throughout the year to save on your bookings when booking through our website.

The Mpumalanga Tour 2017

The Mpumalanga Tour will take place from 12 to 17 January 2017, being the only 6 day road cycle challenge in South Africa. The 6 daily stages will cover a total distance of 752km from Loskopdam to Badplaas, Mbombela, Graskop and Blyde River Canyon.

Cyclists will have to take up the challenge of facing a total climb of 11 514m, with Robbers Pass and Kowyn’s Pass as the most famous and gruelling mountain climbs. Tackling the Kranspoort Pass on the first stage will set the pace and provide the ideal warm-up for the rest of the Tour. The Organisers effectively created an equal ground for cyclists of levels of skill and age to experience the murderous mountain climbs and steep downhills in a safe environment.

The Mpumalanga Tour is reminiscent of the Hanson and Rapport Tours of yesteryears travelling from town to town and the first of its kind to offer the ultimate challenge to open category cyclists to compete with the professional cyclists of South Africa. Even though some stages will be a shorter distance, the route for the open category riders will be the same as for the Elite group.

The Mpumalanga Tour is ideal for cyclists to train for the South African Championships and the Epic.

The following categories of riders will participate:

  • Elite Men
  • Vets Men
  • Open Category
  • Junior Men

Additional Info:

  • Event Date: 12-17 January 2017
  • Venue: First Day from Forever Resort Loskopdam
  • Distance: 6 Day 6 Stage Race, 749km

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The Dullstroom Winter Festival 2017

From 3 to 5 July, Hilltop Live and Dullstroom’s local businesses will be adding some spark to the chilly winter spirit. This annual festival gets families and friends together to experience some much-needed warmth and wonder in winter.

With its variety of shops and eateries, welcoming people and wide range of activities, Dullstroom deserves its status as one of the top 10 Best Small Towns in South Africa. The Winter Festival is a favourite on the South African yearly event calendar.

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Innibos Fees 2017

Vier dae vol pret en plesier by Bergvlam Skoolgronde in Nelspruit. Sewe verhoë en nog vele meer vermaak van vroeg tot laat. Innibos trek elke jaar omtrent 100 000 mense en jy kan al Suid Afrika se top kunstenaars by een plek sien.

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The Greatest Train Race

In 1987 the Rotary Club of Coalfields launched the first relay event against a steam train along the private Amcoal railway line between Wolvekrans and Witbank (eMalahleni). This event took place annually for the next 5 years. In 1992 the race route was relocated to run along the railway line and road between Middelburg and Witbank incorporating two of Mpumalanga’s larger cities in the event. This led to the involvement of the four local Rotary Clubs and subsequently the Rotary Greatest Train Race was born.

The Rotary Greatest Train Race has since grown into one of South Africa’s largest community investment projects. The race comprises a relay and individual race along the route between eMalahleni (Witbank) and Middelburg. Individuals and relay teams consisting of employees of corporations, private companies, government departments, scholars, technikons or universities students, members’ of sports clubs, social clubs and private individuals annually participate in this community driven charity event. The race is open to all members of the public interested in contributing to the wellbeing of their community and who are fit for the challenge. The event, which is renowned for its festive atmosphere and camaraderie, is popular with individual runners, teams and walkers. Walking and running teams consist of 5 runners per team.

In addition, disadvantaged/disabled individuals from the community are entertained and spoiled at the finish venue.

The purpose of the event is first and foremost a nation building exercise in which all members of the community are able to participate in raising funds that can be reinvested into local community projects. These projects are annually identified and closely monitored and managed by the Rotary Clubs of Middelburg Cycad, Middelburg and Witbank. The 2054 event attracted close to 15 000 runners and walkers, with a total of more than 30 000 people joining hands and opening their hearts on race day for the less fortunate in their communities. R1 million was generated for local community based beneficiaries.