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The Hotel or Inn at the site has a rich history. John Jack and his partner, August Simmer came from Durban to Lake Chrissie in 1882. They erected various buildings including stables, a small hotel and a gin depot.
Two oak trees planted in front of the Inn in 1886 remain. The John Jack Inn was a wood and iron structure that had been subject to various natural and unnatural disasters.
In 1903 the inn was re-built, again in wood and iron on the same site and the John Jack Inn was renamed Lake Chrissie Hotel. In its early days, the hotel was the centre of social life in Lake Chrissie and a convenient stop-off for travellers to and from Swaziland, visiting officials and businessmen.
Malicious gossipers suggest that it operated as a ‘high-class bordello’ but there is no proof for these slanderous anecdotes. McCloud’s Cottage is a self-catering facility located on the same premises as the Art Café and McCloud’s Shop. The cottage has 2x bedrooms, each with a king size bed that can be arranged into 2x singles.
A pull-out sleeper couch in the lounge brings the accommodation facility to 5. The cottage has a large lounge, kitchen and dining room, braai facility and undercover parking. We are able to stock the kitchen for you on request. We are also pleased to serve breakfast or dinner at the Art Café provided we are given adequate notice.
The cottage has 2x bedrooms, each with a king size bed that can be arranged into 2x singles. A pull-out sleeper couch in the lounge brings the accommodation facility to 5. The cottage has a large lounge, kitchen and dining room, braai facility and undercover parking.
- Fireplace + wood
- (Communal Lounge with fridge, fireplace and TV)
- Badplaas Golf Club
- Ermelo Golf Club
- Nelshoogte Pass
- Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve
- Eat Out At La Ta4ula
- Rainbow Route.
Situated in the very heart of South Africa’s shimmering lake district is the historic town of Chrissiesmeer, otherwise known as Lake Chrissie. Lake Chrissie, is the largest freshwater lake in South Africa. It is said that the Chrissiesmeer area was first inhabited by the San thousands of years ago. The San left and abundance of fascinating rock paintings and engravings on the walls of their shelters leaving behind evidence of their presence.
However, it is the more recent Tlou-tle who inspire the most well known legends. It is said that the Tlou-tle settled here approximately 1 500 years ago and, instead of building the more traditional stone walled refuges, they decided to built enormous floating villages on the large glistening lakes.
This phenomenal and rather brilliant idea allowed the people in times of war to float entire villages to the safe centre of their lakes. In addition, it enabled fishermen to move the village around and follow fish. In 1800’s, white colonialists conquered the area and soon began building with local sandstone. Many of these amazing buildings are still in use today and can be visited.
There are also numerous sandstone bridges and other ruins dotted along the countryside that can be viewed. This cosy and usually sleepy town wakes up every year for the re-enactment of the bloody Battle of Chrissiesmeer.
This becomes quite the event as hundreds of enthusiasts dress in the appropriate Imperial British and Republican Boer uniforms and garb and begin staging pitched battles across the landscape. This little town of Chrissiesmeer in Mpumalanga’s central grasslands is surrounded by more than 270 lakes and pans.
These shimmering lakes lure more than 20 000 flamingos each year and is quite an awe-inspiring encounter to witness! Interestingly, in Siswati, this area is also known as Matotoland, meaning ’frog land‘. It comes as no surprise then that Chrissiesmeer hosts the annual ‘Frog Hunt’ event. Every year thousands of visitors and residents alike grab their wellies and raincoats and scramble in the mud after frogs!
Chrissiesmeer, Mpumalanga, South Africa