Waterval Onder

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Waterval Onder
Coordinates: 25°38′49″S30°22′55″E / 25.647°S 30.382°E / -25.647; 30.382 Coordinates: 25°38′49″S30°22′55″E / 25.647°S 30.382°E / -25.647; 30.382
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Nkangala
Municipality Emakhazeni
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)

Waterval Onder is a small village situated at the base of the escarpment on the banks of the Elands River in Emakhazeni Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Elands River (Mpumalanga) river in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Elands River is a river of the Komati River basin in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

Emakhazeni Local Municipality Local municipality in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Emakhazeni Local Municipality is located in the Nkangala District Municipality of Mpumalanga province, South Africa. The seat of Emakhazeni Local Municipality is Belfast.

Mpumalanga Province of South Africa

Mpumalanga is a province of South Africa. The name means "east", or literally "the place where the sun rises" in the Swazi, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu languages. Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. It constitutes 6.5% of South Africa's land area. It shares borders with the South African provinces of Limpopo to the north, Gauteng to the west, the Free State to the southwest, and KwaZulu-Natal to the south. The capital is Mbombela (Nelspruit).


The name means below the waterfall, due to its position below a 75 m waterfall (Elands River Falls). The village did not develop into a town like its sister town of Waterval Boven, which is above the waterfall. [1] Both settlements were established in 1895 because of the building of the Pretoria - Delagoa Bay railway line built by the Netherlands-South African Railway Company (NZASM). [2]

Waterval Boven Place in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Waterval Boven is a small town situated on the edge of the Escarpment on the banks of the Elands River above the 75m Elands Falls on the railway line from Pretoria to Maputo in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Hence the name, which is Dutch for "above the waterfall".

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President Paul Kruger lived in Waterval Onder before he left South Africa via Mozambique during the Anglo-Boer war. His Krugerhof house was proclaimed a national monument. [2]

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  1. "Waterval Onder". SA Venues. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Waterval Onder Information". Where to Stay. Retrieved 21 January 2014.