Modderfontein’s Explosive History: A Tale of Dynamite, Gold and War

Sat Oct 29, 09:30 - Sat Oct 29, 12:30

Franz Hoenig Haus (next to the museum)


Johannesburg’s rapidly growing gold mining industry needed dynamite and, in 1894, one of Alfred Nobel’s factories was established at Modderfontein. This facility grew in leaps and bounds to become the largest dynamite factory in the world, later evolving into the AECI chemical manufacturing complex.  

Join us for a delightful walking tour of Modderfontein that includes a history of the dynamite factory and the residential area that developed around it. 

We start at The Dynamite Company Museum and then make our way around the old village as we tell tales of explosives and powerful personalities, such as Alfred Nobel, Paul Kruger and Robert Baden-Powell.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, a sun hat and sunscreen. 

The ticket price includes a donation to the Modderfontein Conservation Society.

Meet at Franz Hoenig Haus (next to the museum). Parking is available in the grounds. Address: 2 Main Street, Modderfontein.