GUIDED TOUR OF HISTORICAL SITES
There are fascinating sites on the estate itself, which are easily accessible to anyone visiting Valley of the Rainbow but for guests looking to indulge in all of the histories of the estate, we offer guided tours to the Watermill and archaeological stone structures.
There are unique circular stone structures on the mountain slopes of the estate which have been found not only in Nelspruit but also Waterval Boven, Machadodorp, Carolina, Badplaas, Dullstroom and Barberton. With the help of Dr Alex Schoeman of the Wits University Archaeological Department, we understand that they must have been built over 800 years ago, but are unsure as to who may have created these stone circles that dot the landscape. The Bokoni archeological sites on the property can also be toured with a guide who will explain the historical evidence of these sites.
In addition, Valley of the Rainbow homes the historic Witpoort Watermill built by Willem Jacobus Volschenk in the 19th century which ended up playing a vital role in the Anglo-Boer War. Surviving the war, the watermill continued to operate until 1994 and has recently been renovated to host guests. Visit the watermill with an experienced guide to discuss the history of the mill, how the mill works, its role in the Anglo Boer War and General Ben Viljoen's importance. If unoccupied, the inside of the Mill House can be toured as well.
Guided tours of the fascinating archaeological sites and the Witpoort Watermill can be arranged for guests and on request, further guided tours of the Mapochs caves, Roos and Senekal graves, Meyer de Kock's grave near Windhoek and the Berg en Dal Anglo Boer War site near Belfast may be arranged (travel tariffs applicable). Please inquire with management about guided tours in and around the estate.