Limpopo – History

Jock of the Bushveld

Jock of the Bushveld

Jock of the Bushveld, written by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, is a unique story woven about the life and times of a young transport-rider and his dog in the Lowveld and the adjacent berglands between the pioneering years 1885 to 1887. Supplies for the early gold-mining...

People Associated with the Province

People Associated with the Province

Eugene Marais Afrikaans poet, journalist, naturalist and advocate was the youngest of 13 children. He lived for some time in the Waterberg where he wrote his studied on the baboons and the ants. Louis Trichardt Voortrekker Leader and founder of the town of...

African Independent Church (A/C’s)

African Independent Church (A/C’s)

Origins and History The 'Ethiopian-type' churches were the first African Independent Churches in Southern Africa. They are the earliest breakaways from the missionary churches, mainly on nationalistic grounds. In our context, an African Independent or Indigenous...

Magoebaskloof

Magoebaskloof

Magoebaskloof takes its name from Makgoba, chief of the Tlou people. Magoebaskloof is one of the country's most spectacular scenic drives. The story of the ravine is one of resolute resistance by Chief Makgoba and his Tlou (Tlau) tribe against taxes and relocation...

The Making of an Afrikaner Republic

The Making of an Afrikaner Republic

The British takeover of the short-lived Republic of Natalia convinced the majority of Voortrekkers of the futility of trying to establish an independent state near the sea. Their best bet was to find a place inland - and. the land north of the Vaal · River, where the...

Historical Colonial Period

Historical Colonial Period

This period starts with the arrival of the first Europeans to visit the Soutpansberg Mountain during the early part of the eighteenth century. In 1725 a Dutch expedition made a reconnaissance of the area north of the Crocodile River, which includes the area that is...

Mapungubwe & the Greefswald Archeological Sites

Mapungubwe & the Greefswald Archeological Sites

About 70 km west of Musina, where the Shashi River merges with the Limpopo - this being the place where the borders of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana meet at a single point. Here, close to the southern bank of the Limpopo, are the Greefswald Archeological sites....

Protohistoric Period

Protohistoric Period

Early Iron Age communities occupied areas in the Soutpansberg from about 200AD. These people brought with them domesticated cattle and sheep or goats as well as the knowledge enabling them to smelt and forge iron. The early Iron Age migration routes are thought to...

Prehistoric Period

Prehistoric Period

This period is commonly referred to as the Stone Age and can be divided into Earlier, Middle and Later Stone Age. Early Stone Age tools found in the Soutpansberg region suggest that the area has been inhabited for at least the last 10 000 years. These tool assemblages...

Prehistory of the  Soutpansberg

Prehistory of the Soutpansberg

The Soutpansberg geological system is approximately 1 700million years old. Successive east-west faulting ranging over a distance of 560km created the mountain. This faulting was caused by the action of the 2700 million-year-old Limpopo Mountain Belt. Faulting...

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