The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Gravelotte

Town of Gravelotte


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The small town of Gravelotte takes its name from a farm owned by a Prussian missionary who happens to have fought in the Battle of Gravelotte. This battle took place on 18 August 1870 and was fought between the French and Prussians near the village of Gravelotte in France. The Prussians won the battle but heavy casualties were recorded on both sides.

Gravelotte has a population of around 1,000 inhabitants and owes its existence to various mining activities that have taken place in the region over the years.

Although the town itself offers little in the way of things to do there are some game farms in the area and Kruger National Park is not too far away.

The town owes its existence to the presence of the Gravelotte Emerald Mine which is located south-east of the town on the R526.

Have you stayed at Gravelotte? How was it?

NG Church Gravelotte

Above - The Dutch Reformed Church

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 47

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 276

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

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 286


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