Exploring ancient ruins in Mpumalanga

Posted on 3 August 2011

What are these stone circles? Who had the astronomical knowledge to build a calendar that lines up with the pyramids of Giza and the Zimbabwe ruins?

The discovery of an ancient calendar site on the top of Kaapsehoop and the unexplained stone circles strewn across the province as far as Gauteng raise more questions than anyone seems to be able to answer convincingly.

Further to the Getaway magazine Adam’s Calendar article, I’ve compiled a list of GPS coordinates, YouTube videos and a PDF download of the article as it appeared in the July 2011 issue of Getaway magazine.

The explanations are often considered controversial but before you wade into the debate, have a look at these satellite images, then let us know what you think in the comments section:

Cut and paste these coordinates into Google Maps and zoom in, then scroll around.

Carolina: 25 55′ 53.28″ S / 30 16′ 13.13″ E
Badplaas: 25 47′ 33.45″ S / 30 40′ 38.76″ E
Waterval Boven: 25 38′ 07.82″ S / 30 21′ 18.79″ E

And 25 39′ 22.42″ S / 30 17′ 03.25″ E
Machadodorp: 25 39′ 22.42″ S / 30 17′ 03.25″ E

Forestry damage: 25 34′ 16.43″ S / 30 21′ 55.03″ E


YouTube links:



Check out more video clips of Adam’s Calender


Further reading

Adam’s CalendarDiscovering the oldest man-made structure on Earth, by Johan Heine and Michael Tellinger
Buy the E-book here

Temples of the African Gods by Johan Heine and Michael Tellinger
Buy the E-book here


Getting there

Take the N4 from Johannesburg, turn off to Waterval Boven and, as you enter the town, just before you go under the bridge, turn left at the Stone Circle Bistro sign.

Tours of the sites

Tours are arranged through the Stone Circle Bistro in Waterval Boven.

There are two, one-and-a-half hour “˜Time Saver’ tours starting in the museum at 09h00 and 14h00 daily. Other times can be arranged on request. R 150 per person (minimum two people)

Adam’s Calendar self-drive tour is approximately three hours in duration. Meet the guide at the Salvadore Bistro in Kaapsehoop for a guided tour of Adam’s Calendar. The tour guide will accompany you in your own vehicle. R350 per peson (minimum two people)

Full-day, self-drive tour of the stone ruins and Adam’s Calendar with Michael Tellinger take place from 08h30 to 04h30.
R1200 a person, including breakfast and lunch (minimum of four people per tour)

Alternative tour dates and times can me made by prior arrangement. Also inquire about their multi-day tours:

Book here.


What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Raincoat and hat for summer
  • Neutral-coloured clothing
  • Mobile phone to be switched off
  • No smoking
  • No children under 12 years unless in a family group
  • And please respect the ancient sites



Tel 082-348-3019
Email [email protected]


Where to stay

A luxurious six-roomed B&B Acra Retreat – Mountain View Lodge is on the edge of a cliff, with a fantastic view of the Elands Valley bordering on a Nature Reserve. Four of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and two share a bathroom (ideal for families). All rooms have their own access to the deck and views. There’s a fully licensed pub, large gym, swimming pool and a full-size trampoline. The homemade organic meals alone are worth the visit. Dinners are served on request (previous booking essential). The hosts speak German, Dutch, English and Afrikaans. Safe parking is guaranteed. Stone Circle tours, horse riding, trout fishing, abseiling, mountain biking,  climbing and hiking as well as Panorama Route tours can be booked through Acra Retreat – Mountain View Lodge.

Tel 013-257-7088 / 083-643-5305
Email [email protected]

Find more accommodation options in Kaapsehoop and Waterval Boven starting at just R170 a night.


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