This week, we invite you to travel to Limpopo Province with us as we explore a small, but interesting pass. In the 1860s, a group of Voortrekkers called the “Jerusalem Trekkers” set off to journey to the Holy Land. After coming upon a wide river flowing northwards, they consulted the maps at the back of their Bibles and decided that it was the source of the Nile River. They settled a town, and called it Nylstroom (Nile Stream).
They then discovered what they believed to be a ruined pyramid close by, and were even more convinced that they had reached Egypt. This was in fact a natural hillock, known to the locals as Modimolle, which is a Tswana word meaning “God has eaten”. After being named Nylstroom since its inception in 1866, the name of the town was changed to Modimolle in 2002. Our featured pass this week lies close to this delightful sliver of South African history.
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This short pass gravel pass winds its way up a well forested ravine and is flanked on either side by game reserves. Along the way you can explore an old ruin and for the careful observer, there's a good chance of spotting game. Read about the enchanting story of the Jerusalem Trekkers and their complete misunderstanding of cartography. Nystroom/Modimolle and Bela-Bela offer plenty of attractions for the tourist. Join us in another discovery of the South Africa we love to explore.
Cyber drive it here: DIE NOUTE
Thought for the day: "Only when what we have is taken away do we realise its value".