Louis Trichardt / Makhado
Louis Trichardt is situated at the foot of Songozwi, in the Soutpansberg mountain range. It is named after the voortrekker leader Louis Tregardt; the original Venda name is Tshirululuni, and it is also informally known as Tshitandani.
Most of Louis Trichardt’s economy is boosted by farming activities around the town. The fertile region produces litchis, bananas, mangoes and nuts. The town’s economy might experience a further boost if proposed mines open in the area. There has, however, been a lot of resistance from nature conservationists against mines opening in the area.
The national road N1 runs through the town. Louis Trichardt is a nice stop over when travelling to the Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe, the bush camps at Tuli Block in Botswana or the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe.
Attractions in and around Louis Trichardt include:
– The Medike rock-art site with its fascinating murals and etchings is one of the most popular sites open to the public in South Africa, Lajuma being another.
– Various routes around the town highlight interesting aspects of the area such as the fruit route to farms where a variety of fruit and nuts are produced.
– The arts and crafts route in the Elim area, where sisal mats, candles, silkscreen prints, batik articles, traditional vhaVenda pots and woodcarvings are made, provides insight into the life of the Shangaan people.
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