Ibis Ridge Farm, Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, 1739, Gauteng.
On Ibis Ridge Farm, 12 km north of Krugersdorp. 40 minutes drive from Johannesburg International airport and 20 minutes from Johannesburg city. Gauteng.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Guided tours:||D=60 min.|
|Address:||Kromdraai Gold Mine, Ibis Ridge Farm, Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, 1739, Gauteng, Tel: +27-82-259-2162, Tel: +27-73-147-8417.|
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|1881||first gold discovered by Johannes Stephanus Minnaar.|
|1886||South African gold rush.|
|2021||museum was vandalized and the mine closed to visitors.|
Here the Black Reef Formation is mined. See Witwatersrand for more info.
The Old Kromdraai Gold Mine is one of the first gold mines on the Witwatersrand. It is located on Ibis Ridge Farm, which also has a contemporary art gallery, a chapel, and the Diggers Trading Post. This was the area of the South African Gold Rush, but this mine actually preceded the gold rush. Kromdraai Gold Mine was one of the most productive mines in the area, with an impressive yield of around 25 grams per ore ton.
The tour takes about an hour, and 45 minutes are actually underground, explaining traditional mining methods. There are some wooden buildings with period tools and machinery, and a horizontal tunnel which is almost as it was in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
The location only 40 minutes’ drive from the Johannesburg city centre and right in the middle of the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site should be ideal for a tourist venue, nevertheless this show mine was closed permanently. It was vandlized in 2021, and during the pandemic it was not reopened. We will see if it will be reopened after the pandemic is over.