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“In many ways a nice place to visit but a long drive for not too much”

Millwood Goldmine Tours
Ranked #39 of 76 things to do in Knysna
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Owner description: South Africa's first ever goldmine - drive through our beautiful forests & enjoy a mine tour, a delicious light lunch & freshly baked scones & tea, also visit our interesting museum. Experience a piece of history the fun way.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“In many ways a nice place to visit but a long drive for not too much”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

We decided for something a bit different to take the trip into the national park and go visit the Millwood mine. The first thing is that the park is mostly all dirt track roads. They weren't the worst dirt tracks we had driven on during our SA trip but it was a long drive in to were the mine is.

The day we arrived there was a bike event on so the area was pretty busy. This was both good and bad, it was good as it meant the cafe was open but it also meant that we couldn't drive up to where the mine sites were, instead we had to walk up, which was ok but we didn't feel too happy doing this as we had to watch out for the cyclists as well. Just to note that we weren't made aware that this bike event was on when we entered the park .

The mine area itself was quite interesting and the small museum had a number of interesting articles and items. It was pretty cool seeing the old street signs but they were quite well hidden in places. I also feel like there was probably a bit more to see but due to the bike event no one seemed able to inform us of where to go and it didn't seem like they were prepared for any visitors that day.

The cafe was nice and served homemade treats.

Overall there is certainly points of interesting and i'm glad we went there, i just feel that for the long drive in it may not have been fully worth it.

Visited April 2014
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Cape Town
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“Mother Holly tea garden lovely food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Beautifully presented, very good food in a interesting little museum. Go for a walk into bendingo mines to see fools gold deposit, very cool. Lovely historical little place. Very nice different outing. Off the beaten track.

Visited April 2014
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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“Interesting mine tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

We didn't do any walks so can't comment on that as we were en route to our next destination. The tea room was closed and I'd been looking forward to sampling the delights that had been reported on here.
We did book the mine tour which was quite fascinating, and the staff were extremely attentive to my 10 year old.
I seem to remember the paying at the gate was a little confusing too.

Visited August 2013
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“Tea room”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

Best choc mousse cake and delightful waitresses. The place is not a destination but if you are there try them

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London, United Kingdom
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“closed and deforested”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

The area has been totally de-forested, there are far better areas of forest to walk in (try circles in the forest nearby) which are more representative of what the area was like before. The mine now looks to be heading back into ruin as an exhibit and was closed when we visited, as was the museum. All in all it looks like a site which was rejuvenated as an attracting a few years ago but has fallen out of favour because of other new attractions on the garden route competing for tourist attention. Sign posting is awful, so you may struggle to find it, and when you do once you are into the park the road is of terrible quality and pounded daily by heavy trucks from the quarry and timber trades - make sure your hire car is fully insured and has no excess otherwise the flying stones and chips will dent your pocket when you return the car. It’s a fair way from the N2 and there are fare better places to spend your time - like Robberg.

Visited November 2013
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