Walking in the footsteps of kings

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Sekhukhune is a rural area with an economic base in mining and agriculture

THE region is named after King Sekhukhune, a king of the Marota (commonly known as the Bapedi) in Sekhukhuneland during the 18th century.

Sekhukhune is a cross-border municipality between Limpopo and Mpumalanga Province.

It is a rural area with an economic base in mining and agriculture.

With fertile soil, a sub-tropical climate and the availability of reasonable quantities of water, the area boasts a strong and prosperous farming industry which consists of citrus, grapes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, peppers, beans and pumpkins, wheat, maize, cotton and tobacco.

The region is endowed with mineral resources like chrome, platinum and diamond deposits.

Places of interest include the Lebowa Platinum Mines, Potlake Game Reserve, Mona Meetse spring water, Ledingwe Cultural Village, Echo Stone at Phahlamanoge and Lenao la Modimo (God’s Footprint). Schuinsdraai is a popular water-recreation destination where anglers can relax on the shores of Flag Boshielo Dam.

TOURISM ROUTES

The Battle of Sekhukhune Tourism Route

Footsteps of the Pedi Kings: Meet at the kgoro of the chiefs to prepare for a journey following the footsteps of the great kings of the Pedi nation that originated from the Bakgatla north of Pretoria, migrated further north to settle in Sekhukhuneland.

Learn about the rise and fall of the Pedi Empire and the tales of the various kings who lead the Pedi to become a proud nation of more than 70 000 people with an army of 12 000 men during the reign of Sekwati.

Pedi Living Culture Tourism Route

Early Origins: In the kgoro of the chiefs, you will be taken back to the origins of the Pedi nation north of Pretoria where a new culture was born – the Bapedi. You will be introduced to the rituals for “cleansing” as part of the preparation for the journey ahead.

Pedi Warriors: At the footpath to the statue of Kgoshikgolo Sekhukhune I, the rituals of the transition from boys to men are explained, and their clothes and weapons displayed. Ascending Ntswaneng, the great warrior King Sekhukhune I can be seen where he watches over Tšate valley.

The Limpopo Golf & Safari Route

The Limpopo Province in South Africa offers the ultimate combination of fantastic golf on top courses with an amazing wildlife and safari experience.

Only 2 hours from Johannesburg, the golf courses are all in close proximity to each other and offer their own unique experience, from the exhilarating Extreme 19th to elephant interactions and Big 5 Safari drives. All resorts are four and five stars and in malaria-free bushveld areas!

FAUNA

Knob Thorn

It grows 5-18 m in height and is fire-resistant. The common names in English and Afrikaans refer to the very characteristic thorns, which are knobbed. The knobs, which are borne on the trunks and branches, are occasionally lacking in individual specimens. The leaves are double pinnately compound.

Sausage Tree

The sausage tree of sub-Saharan Africa is beautiful in flower. The blood-red to maroon flowers hang in long panicles. The fragrance of the flower is not pleasing to humans but attracts the dwarf epauleted bat (Micropteropus pusillus), its pollinator. As the flowers drop from the tree, animals come to feed on the nectar-rich blooms. Impala, duiker, baboons, bush pigs, and lovebirds all feed on the flowers of the Sausage tree.

Grey fruits grow out of these flowers. These grey fruits resemble sausages and can grow for months to become over a foot long and weigh over 10

NATIONAL PARKS

Kruger National Park

Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates. Seventy percent of the Kruger Park lies within the Limpopo Province.

A sweeping expanse of indigenous bush, sub-tropical lowveld vegetation and terraced hills and the largest national park in South Africa, this unique wilderness area is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS & ICONS

The Ndebele

Although the origins of the Ndebele are shrouded in mystery, they have been identified as one of the Nguni people.

The Nguni people represent nearly two thirds of South Africa’s African population and can be divided into 4 distinct groups.

 

MORE INFO

Telephone: +27 (0) 13 262 3977 (Head Office)

Fax: +27 (0) 13 262 3977 (Head Office)

E-mail: sekhukhune@golimpopo.com

Website: www.sekhukhune.gov.za

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