Latest News! 6th August, 2015

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Gravestone at Eureka City Gravestone at Eureka City - Photo: Wikipedia

This week we bring you an interesting tale of a wild town that once existed deep in the mountains - of fortunes and misfortunes - of shipwrecks and a city that failed spectacularly right here in South Africa.

Bringing this story to life came from investigating a pass submitted by one of our stalwart supporters from Johannesburg - Mr. Mike Leicester - who told us about a remote gravel track up the mountains in Mpumalanga, in close proximity to the richest gold mine in the world (Sheba) and  only attainable in a high clearance, low-range 4x4.

There at the top of the mountain, lie the ruins of Eureka City. The sinking of the Drummond Castle off Ushant in France inextricably links itself to the lost city of Eureka.

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You'll need a few important items to drive this route.

1. You need to be in Barberton, Mpumalanga.
2. You need a proper 4x4 with good ground clearance and low range.
3. You'll need a permit and to book a tour through one of the operators via Barberton Tourism.
4. A full day to ascend the mountain, explore Eureka City and descend again.

Things can get decidedly slippery on this route and we don't recommend this road for novice drivers. Motorcycles are not allowed. Prepare yourself for an adventurous day. Don't do this route if it's raining.

Read the full and fascinating story of the pass, the lost city and it's complete dependency on gold and ultimate demise, the shipwreck and more, by clicking on the link below.


Trygve Roberts

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