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Komati Springs used to be a mine prior to 1972. When mining because unfeasible, equipment was pulled out, and they ceased pumping out water. The groundwater rose back naturally, thus providing a dive site of note. There is a fully equipped dive centre on site, which provides triple filtered gas - including air, nitrox, helium and argon. For more on the diving aspect, please visit our diving section.

In 2002, the site was rehabilitated back to nature, and one would never say it was a mining site in the past. The site is surrounded by a game reserve, so hearing Jackal and Lions in the night is very common. You might also bump into Wildebees, Giraffe, Eland, Impala, Duikertjies or Koedoe. For birdwatchers we have over 250 species, including the rare Bald Ibis, so bring the binoculars, bird books and cameras. Camping in this natural environment is a sure way of getting rid of any city stress.

The area is surrounded by the oldest mountains on the planet dating back to 3.4 billion years. This is a Greenstone Belt area, and these are zones of rocks left over from the original portion of the Earth. It is the oldest well-preserved real estate on Earth. Dotted throughout the area you can also see Komatiites - outcrops consisting of the hottest rocks ever to erupt on the planet. They are named after the Komati River, which in turn carved out the Great Nkomati River Valley. The surrounding grasslands represent the most threatened biome on Earth.

All this lies in the future Barberton Makhonjwa Mountainlands World Heritage Site.

Thing to do in the rest of the area:

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White Lions at Cradle of Life Chalet at Cradle of Life Chalet at Cradle of Life

Visit Cradle of Life where you can enjoy game drives in their Biopark. They have Tigers, White Lions, Timber Wolves and many more species. They work closely with Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre who does great work in rehabilitating wildlife and re-releasing them into nature. There is also a good quality restaurant for the hungry, with Friday nights being Music and Pizza night. The indigenous nursery must be visited if you're into environmentally friendly plants. The food shop has charcoal and other supplies, and the bakery makes fresh items daily. Cradle of Life also have luxury chalets available for the diver who doesn't want to camp.
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Education at Second Chance

Looking after wildlife in need at Second Chance

The Nkomazi Game Reserve is a 5 star Big Five reserve. Divers can book in here for the ultimate experience. The luxury tented camp will fulfil all your needs, including beautiful meals and a hydro experience for those who want to be pampered. All meals, soft drinks and two game drives a day included. For divers, we can arrange 1 game drive, and 1 drive to dive site per day.
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Tented camp at Nkomazi Elephant at Nkomazi Leopards at Nkomazi