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Louis Trichardt / Makhado


Louis Trichardt / Makhado (formerly Trichardtsdorp) is a town at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountain range in the Limpopo province of South Africa.


It is named after the voortrekker leader Louis Tregardt.



It is the centre of the Makhado Local Municipality, which comprises 16,000 km² with a total population of 270,000 (2001).




Louis Trichardt is located in a fertile region where litchis, bananas, mangoes and nuts are produced. The national road N1 runs through the town.



Louis Trichardt is 437 kilometres from Johannesburg and one hour’s drive from the Zimbabwean border at Beitbridge.




Did you Know ? 


Louis Trichardt was also known as Makhado for a short period.  Most of the local’s still refer to Louis Trichardt as Makhado.



Like many other towns in South Africa, Louis Trichardt had its origins in Voortrekker settlement of the area. 2104200936_4a5ae3604e







Two groups of Trekkers reached the Soutpansberg mountain range in 1836, one under the leadership of Louis Tregardt (born near Oudtshoorn, South Africa, 10 August 1783)

Trigardt and his group stayed near the mountain, camping near what eventually became the town of Louis Trichardt.

They planted crops and started exploring the area northwards in an attempt to relocate his group.

After spending a year in the area, they decided to head for the fort at Delagoa Bay, a journey that took them 7 months to complete, during which more than half the group perished (including Tregardt himself).

The town of Trichardtsdorp was finally founded in February 1899.


Louis Trichardt – Simboliese herdenking van die oorwinnig.


Louis Trichardt  is the most interesting history & treasures to be found.

* History is our ancient legacy waiting to be discovered by the new generations.






* Here are a few pages to look at if you feel the need to know what’s going on Louis Trichardt.

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