History of Buyskop

Buyskop has a rich and fascinating history. The landmark ruins of Buyskop used to be the famous old mine where sandstone from the area was mined and utilised in the construction of the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The rock formation of Buyskop was also considered the halfway mark on the historical postal carriage route between Pretoria and Pietersburg (now Polokwane) with historical graves dating back to the Great Trek.

Buyskop also housed an infamous character and outlaw Coenraad de Buys, who, together with his followers, withstood various sieges during the 1800's. Many a legend were born on this historical site. 

Whichever name you prefer, Warmbaths, Warmbad or Bela-Bela is the place to visit!   Become part of history and relive a time when coaches and ox-wagons passed through this area, seeing an abundance of game that thrived in the area and is now carefully conserved.


Temperature ranges
Summer 8.0 - 29.5° Celsius
Winter 6.5 - 25.0° Celsius
Traveling distances
From Pretoria 100km
From Polokwane 144km
Topographical features
Position 24 54'S, 28 20'E
Elevation 1143 m