Forget about the haulage trucks, excavators, heavy machinery and state-of-the-art equipment used in modern mining. A visit to the Blaauwbank Historic Gold Mine will take you back to time when commercial gold mining began taking root in South Africa at the end of the 19th century. No other place gives visitors an insight of early gold mining like the Blaauwbank Gold Mine.
This remarkable mine, which is situated in the west of Gauteng at the foot of the Kashan Mountains in the Magaliesberg, is the oldest gold mine in Gauteng. It was first pegged in 1874, after Australian Henry Lewis found quartzite gold in the area. Because it was widely known that prospects of gold deposits were more likely to be found where there was an abundance of white quartz, it came as no surprise when the richest gold deposit was discovered on the 120km Main Reef stretch by George Harrison and George Walker a few years later.
Gold deposits and the pegging of the Blaauwbank came about 21 years after the discovery and mining of coal near the Vaal River. Although the Blaauwbank Mine was pegged in 1874, it wasn’t until 1913 that its first recorded output was declared: 7 200 pounds of gold were produced from 10 012 tons of ore.
A visit to this mine today will expose you to yesteryear’s methods of mining the precious metal from the earth. Experienced guides will take you through a tour of the old mine, where you can view the original equipment used by the miners in those years, such as cocopans, picks, shovels, pit props and rope winches.
If you are looking for some adventure, you will find it here at the mine where visitors can participate in gold panning by crushing their own rocks. This method is relatively safe and has been certified by the Inspectorate of Mines. The old mine is ideal for camping, team building or just for a day-long visit to journey back into the original world of mining in the country. So visit the Blaauwbank Historic Gold Mine today and become a part of the “gold rush”.
Costs depend on what adventure you choose.
Bookings essential for all adventures.
Off the R509 between Magaliesburg and Koster.