Tourism Emalahleni Local Municipal area is reach in tourism and heritage as there are naturally landscapes, modified and newly established places in this area that are of interest to tourists and explorers. The heritage of this area encompass the diversity in culture with cultural patterns of the people living in this area if showcased can attract people are afar due to the uniqueness it resembles.

The areas that have been identified with potential for tourism development include but are not limited to:

  • Aqua sport linked to existing Dams (Xonxa & Lubisi)
  • Cultural tourism linked to the Liberation and Heritage Route
  • Craft produce
  • Rock art promotion and beneficiation
  • Museum – Dordrecht

Currently there are a limited number of existing tourist attractions within the area such as the Indwe Resort with accommodation facilities and the Kloof (A viewing point) in Dordrecht. There are areas where Bushmen paintings exist which have the potential to be developed into tourist attractions. Trout fishing trails and mountain bike races have also become recent tourist attractions. The Dordrecht Festival and the Lady Frere Annual Cultural games have the potential to be developed into a tourism attraction.

Heritage Resources

Site Name


Conservation Status


St Marks Mission on White Kei Still functional mission church. Also the last habitation of Madolo, a San Chief – 1860 Well looked after Church
Macubeni Coal Mine near Indwe Washed out old coal mine showing early mining methods    
Glen Grey Falls near Lady Frere A beautiful natural site    
The Kloof near Dordrecht Natural site with some unique flora Degraded due to plundering for firewood  
Cacadu River at Lady Frere      
Churches in Lady Frere Two examples of 19th Century Churches Well looked after Church
Anderson Museum at Dordrecht      
Victorian Buildings at Dordrecht Architectural example   Municipality / Private
Burgher Statue at Dordrecht      
San Rock Art at Dordrecht   Well kept Private
Methodist Church at Dordrecht Architectural example   Church
Doring river Dam at Indwe Leisure area Could be better utilized DWAF

Tourism attractions