The Village of Kaapse Hoop
High on the mountains (remnants of the first continent formed over
3.5 billion years ago, and containing the earliest evidence of life)
that cradle De Kaap valley and Barberton, nestles the historic village of Kaapse Hoop. Originally called Duiwel’s
Kantoor (Devil’s office) it was renamed Kaapse Hoop in the
1880’s because the unusual rock formations and swirling mists
brought Table Mountain to mind.
The Swazi’s mined gold and iron ore in the area but no prolonged
settlement was established until the early European hunters and
traders arrived and used it as a base to escape the heat and malaria
of the Lowveld.
With the discovery of gold Kaapse Hoop boomed and during the Boer
War being in a strategic position the British invested the town.
Today you can still see the old encampment and the graves of the soldiers in the graveyard.
From two thousand people during the 1880’s gold rush until
the early 1980’s, when the tar road was built, the population
dwindled to just sixteen. Now Kaapse Hoop has been re-discovered
and there are regular fetes and happenings that attract many customers
up from the heat of the surrounding Lowveld.
Though the derelict jail and magistrates court can still be seen
at the top of the village and the wild horses that loom out of the
mist when you least expect them are a living reminder of a bygone
The villagers (approximately 120 residents) have imbued a new vitality.
The many artists restoring in wood, stone and stained glass have
softened the often stark Victorian colonialist with the more esoteric
and often quirky.
Enter the Salvador (100 meters from Mountain Haven). The high
pressed ceilings and rustic timber blend nicely with works covering
the walls. They also do a great pizza, have wild parties on weekends
and possess a pool table.
Close by you’ll find Kim’s fired & stained glass and a
small café which supplies bread, milk and cigarettes –
but little else at that so provision yourself at Ngodwana Spar before
you come up the mountain!
Further into the village you’ll find Ingrid's Gold Mine
Antiques and Object D' Art, the Clay Lady, Maxi's delft inspired
ceramics, Koek ‘n Pan pancake parlour where you'll also find Rudy
who does off-road quad car trails. At the top of the village
Silver Mist offers daily meals and situated across the road is the
Golden Place Bar.
Surrounded by forests, waterfalls, unusual rock formations and thousand
meter drops with magnificent views you’ll find Kaapse Hoop
has the ambience that few other places in Mpumalanga or even South