The main swimming pool at Badplaas

 Badplaas shown within Mpumalanga

Coordinates: 25°57′14″S 30°34′00″E / 25.95389°S 30.56667°E / -25.95389; 30.56667Coordinates: 25°57′14″S 30°34′00″E / 25.95389°S 30.56667°E / -25.95389; 30.56667
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Albert Luthuli
Established 1876
  Total 37.97 km2 (14.66 sq mi)
Elevation 1,110 m (3,640 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 582
  Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 62.5%
  Coloured 2.1%
  Indian/Asian 3.3%
  White 31.1%
  Other 1.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
  Swazi 40.0%
  Afrikaans 31.7%
  English 12.8%
  Zulu 5.3%
  Other 10.2%
Postal code (street) 1190
PO box 1190
Area code 017

Badplaas, also known as eManzana, is a small town on the R38 road in eastern Mpumalanga, South Africa. It was established in 1876 on the Seekoeispruit, in the foothills of the Dhlumudhlumu Mountains (meaning "place of much thunder"),[2] at the site of a sulphur spring that delivers ±30,000 litres of hot water (at ±50 °C) per hour.


Swazi tribesmen were the first to discover the spring and called it "eManzana", which means "healing waters". It has been said that in about 1876 the Swazi chief presented this spring, in gratitude, to a hunter, Jacob de Clerq, who subsequently built a store nearby and developed the spring to allow for visitors’ use due to its believed medicinal properties.


The spring became very popular when gold was discovered in the De Kaap Valley (near Barberton). Prospectors would visit there on weekends to get away from their strenuous work of digging for gold. On 6 November 1893, the government claimed the springs to develop a health resort for public use in perpetuity. It was proclaimed in December 1947. The Protea Group managed this Aventura Resort for a time, but the resort has now been purchased by the Forever Resorts Group.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Badplaas". Census 2011.
  2. "Badplaas (description)". TravelGround. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  3. "Welcome to Badplaas". Badplaas official website. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
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