This beautiful Cape Dutch style Building, has long been a renowned hostelry in the Lowveld. Previously a dairy and banana farm, the non indigenous species have been removed and the farm has been returned to the natural bush. Extending to 250 ha, there is an abundance of wildlife, currently on the farm you are likely to see blue vervet monkeys, grey duiker, red duiker (very rare species) bush pigs, porcupine and bushbuck.
The name Hamilton Parks comes from any one of the four choice origins. There were two British generals named Hamilton, active in South Africa during the second Anglo Boer war from 1899 to 1902. Sir Ian Hamilton was chief of staff to Sir George White who (somewhat idiotically) managed to find himself besieged in Ladysmith in 1899. Sir Ian also had the dubious distinction of having written to his wife suggesting that it would be an idea to take Winston Churchill then a journalist covering the war, as his ADC. The other Hamilton of this period, Bruce Hamilton who does not seem to have covered himself in distinction.
Following the end of the war in 1902, a third Hamilton, Sir John Hamilton, sprang to fame a Governor of the Transvaal, however it seems most likely that the reason that the name Hamilton Parks was chosen was to honour James Stevenson Hamilton who was the first senior ranger of the Kruger National Park (with Paul Kruger a former president of South Africa) whos fist house is the dining room of the lodge together they started the Kruger National Park. James Hamilton’s nickname was Skukuza which in translation from the Shangana/Tsonga people means “he who sweeps clean”. He obviously was given this nickname to the largest camp in the park and ironically, given the meaning of it, his Shangana assistant was known as Doispan, which is a corruption of his true name Dustbin. The road from Phabeni gate to Skukuza is still known as the Doispan road.
The Hazyview area is largely a farming based community, producing a wide range of subtropical fruits, such as, mangoes, avocado pears, litchis, guavas, paw paws, bananas and other citrus fruits. The Lowveld is also the second largest banana growing area in the world and a large percentage of theses fruits are grown in the Kiepersol/Hazyview area.
Surrounding Hazyview, on the slopes of the Northern Drakensberg Mountains are endless plantations of Bluegum and Pine Trees. These make up part of the most extensive man made forests in the world. The Bluegum trees originally planted was to be used as pit posts (to close the slopes in the disused mines) during the gold rush in the 19th Century. Within a couple of years the trees were generating more revenue than the mines themselves and Pilgrims rest, Sabie and Graskop ceased to be mined. The plantations however remained and grew. Hazyview is now a major Tourism centre and offers a wide range of attractions. Game reserves and spectacular views