TSHATSHINGO POTHOLES

20May

Tshatshingo pothole is also one of the several sacred sites of the Venda people. The pothole occurs in a geologically deep gorge along the Tshirovha River, is a gigantic whirlpool approximately 15m in diameters. There are three other giant sinkholes in the same location. It is located in Makwarani village. It is believed that this pothole was being used for ritual purposes and also as a dumping place for people who were against the chief of the village. Further, it is also said that local witches were drowned here. All the bodies which fell inside the pothole are never retrieved.

THATE VONDO FOREST

20May

Thathe is regarded as the most majestic and beautiful forest in the Limpopo region. Regarded as the most majestic and beautiful forest in the Limpopo region. Thathe forest is located above the Lake Fundudzi, nestled in the mountains, and we highly recommend visiting the lake, which is also steeped in local folklore. Thathe is bursting with life, from giant hardwood and yellowwood trees, ferns, thick undergrowth, creepers, through to forest species of birds. A great birding route, one can view white-starred robin, chorister robin-chat, Knysna turaco, yellow-streaked greenbul and orange ground-thrush. Due to its cultural status by the Venda people, no hiking is allowed in the forest, although it can be explored along a designated forestry track, accompanied by a local guide.

MASHOVHELA ROCK POOL

20May

Lies in the Soutpansberg Mountains of Limpopo, a natural heritage site that forms part of the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Region. The Vhembe Biosphere Region includes the northern part of the Kruger National Park, the Mapungubwe. Mashovhela is a sacred site in the Venda culture, still sometimes used by traditional witch doctors in rain-making ceremonies. Mashovela is also known as “the place where the drums are heard”, which hails from a legend about the Venda king Thohoiyanda, who had a magical ‘drum of the dead’. When his enemies approached, he would beat the drum and they would simply drop dead. One night, it was rumoured that the king and his drum disappeared for good, never to be seen again. After that, there were many different theories about where he went. Most believed that the king had disappeared into the Western Soutpansberg. It is in the eerie silence of these mountains that his powerful drums can sometimes be heard. They echo off the rugged cliff faces around the Mashovhela Pool in mysterious power.