Lydenburg is a town in Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Alternatively known as Mashishing, Lydenburg is situated on the Sterkspruit/Dorps River tributary of the Lepelle River at the base of the Long Tom Pass. The name is derived from the Dutch Lijdenburg, or "Town of Suffering". Lydenburg has become the centre of the South African fly-fishing industry and is an agricultural and mining hub.
Things to do in Lydenburg
3.5 based on 16 reviews
Went for coffee and breakfast. There was no milk. Still cant understand why they couldn't get some from one of local shops. Also some of the items for the breakfast were outstanding. Eventually they offered cappuccino with cream, which was good. They did make up with some extras in with the breakfast.
3.5 based on 31 reviews
Spoil your family & eat out at Laramie Spur. We are the best steakhouse & burger restaurant in Lydenburg. Bring along your kids for some great tasting food & dessert from our famous Spur menu.
We ended up stopping here for lunch on Boxing Day as the usual place the tour guides take people was closed, and it was the only place open on our way to Mpumalanga, but apparently the tour company is known to the employees and they are used to large groups arriving at short notice - Laramie is a small town and apart from locals, I can't imagine many people stopping here if they had alternative options.
Despite there being may free tables, it took us ages to be seated (on a dirty table with glasses and bottles from the previous diners) as opposed to a clean one - I think it was simply the closest to where we soke to an employee.
We waited for around half an hour after having been seated to get someone's attention so we could order a drink, and when said drinks arrived ages later the waitress left two unopened bottles of beer on the table and disappeared (they weren't screw-tops like some in SA), so it took even more time for someone to come with a bottle-opener, and when they did they ended up taking some glass off of the bottle-neck along with the cap rendering the beer undrinkable - needless to say another wait ensued.
Trying to order food was equally trying - apparently the waiters and waitresses were told we were all part of a group and had an hour or so to have lunch (it is a burger/steak place after all - not fine dining by any means) and yet after about 45 minutes, nobody had come to take our food order.
When we finally managed to press-gang someone into taking our order, it wasn't the person who we had ordered the drinks from, so there was more confusion, but the food did arrive relatively (to the drinks) quickly, but starter and main together, without cutlery or condiments.
It seemed as it, because it was Christmas time, the restaurant had hired all the local teenagers for that day, despite having no experience, clue or guidance from their colleagues.
There were lots of people 'working' i.e. present in the restaurant, but groups of them were chatting about stuff, rather than serving the customers while one person answered another's question - it didn't need a debate.
The food, however, was pretty good and it was unfortunate we had to wolf it down in order not to delay the tour bus too much.
Just to put icing on the cake of ineptitude, our second waiter looked aghast when I paid without leaving a tip for such miserable service.
4 based on 29 reviews
Our tour group of 36 stopped for a short period of time for lunch in Lydenburg. We had a choice of eating at Wimpy's or Ocean Basket. Four of us chose Ocean Basket, as fish seemed a much better alternative to the common hamburger. Since...MoreThank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again if you come through Lydenburg
4.5 based on 3 reviews
An awesome home away from home Restaurant and BnB With amazing food and even more breath taking Views of the valley
Spectacular view! Good music which creates a nice vibe. The fireplace adds to the ambience and makes it nice and cosy in the winter. I can definitely recommend the T-bone. Sundays offers a tasty buffet with freshly baked breads!
Overnight stay available. The owners Sias and Evelene are very friendly and hospitable! A definite must try when you are in the area!
4.5 based on 44 reviews
A Cosy little Bakery with a warm hearth. Where we serve real, unfussy, delicious food.
The name of this little town means 'suffering' but weary travelers need not do what the Voortrekkers did when they brought their ox-wagons across the Mountains. Cafe Crust is only two blocks off the main drag, has a calm and delightful atmosphere, Seating inside or...MoreHi Peter Thank you so much for your kind review. We really appreciate it and it is what keeps us going. Hope to see you soon Regards Andre
4.5 based on 44 reviews
Visiting my family in Lydenburg which lead to two visits to the Jam Jar. What an amazing place. The owner Lynette made us a special order of bobotie and wow the best we have ever eaten. My 81 year old father said he has never had such delicious bobotie in all his life. Thank you Jam Jar for the awesome time and great memories.
3.5 based on 7 reviews
What a pleasant surprise to find this interesting little restaurant in a side street after taking a wrong turn off. We saw the restaurant on TV and were very glad that we stopped and had some lunch. The venue with the old bus, interesting décor and a very good menu with old school stories. The food was excellent and was worth while stopping.
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