Thohoyandou is known for being the former capital of the bantustan of Venda. Thohoyandou was built at Tshiluvhi which was under Khosi vho Netshiluvhi. Its name means “head of the elephant” in Venda.
The Netshiluvhis were the first occupants of the area as far back as 1400 AD, i.e. after the collapse of the Mapungubwe Kingdom. They were forcefully removed from this area between 1960 and 1970 by the apartheid government. The name Tshiluvhi was totally stricken out and replaced by Thohoyandou as per the then government.
Thohoyandou is one of the fastest growing towns in Limpopo. It is also home to the University of Venda. The town is the commercial, administrative and legislative center for the district. It is a bustling center of commerce, well served with shopping complexes, an interesting museum, as well as a hotel and casino of international standards.
Attractions in and around Thohoyandou include:
– Phiphidi waterfalls
– Dzivha Fundudzi
– The Big Tree
– Tshatshingo Potholes,
– Tswime breathing Stone
– Nandoni Dam, for angling, canoeing and birdwatching
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