named after the Voortrekker leader Louis Trichardt, the town was recently
renamed Makhado. It is a town in perfect harmony with its spectacular
surroundings. Louis Trichardt is located at the foot of the densely forrested
Soutpansberg Range in a highly fertile, rapidly growing agricultural area.
Its streets and gardens gay with flowering trees and it is a handy base
for exploring the Soutpansberg.
Makhado has become one of the province's premier business and tourism
Tropical fruits, such as litchis, bananas, mangoes and nuts are grown
in the nearby Levubu district and are available in abundance.
There are several hotels on the heights overlooking Makhado and a number
of other accommodation establishments available.
Arts and Crafts:
The town and surrounds are renowned for its multi-cultural population
and the highly creative arts and craft they produce. This includes handcrafted
paper, pottery, batiks and textiles.
Ben Lavin Nature Reserve:
A reserve offering something for any visitor, including beautiful views
and fascinating archeological sites dating to 1250 AD. There are 160 tree
species, 250 bird species, 50 species of animal and several mountain biking
Those in the area include Albasini and Middle Letaba dams, offering a
relaxing day by the water. The overflow of the Twin Dams of the Nwanedi
Reserve offers scenic beauty and excellent fishing.
A collapsible fort used in the 1880s as protection for artillery men and
Hanklip Picnic Site and Forest:
A superb birdwatching site with many trails through scenic wooded countryside
boasting trees of worldwide dendrological interest.
Langjan Nature Reserve:
Given its red sand dunes and Kalahari veld, this reserve was proclaimed
to provide sanctuary for the last remaining herd of gemsbok in the province.
The site, in the Sand River Gorge, of a series of fascinating San rock
artwork including murals and etching.
North of the Civic center are these lovingly manicured gardens commemorating
victims of various local and international conflicts.
Including the Bluegumspoort Drive on the Soutpansberg and the Witvlag
Drive from the town to Piesangshoek.
15km west of town, commemorating the pioneering history of the area and
the country as a whole. The nearby cemetry includes the grave of the Voortekker
leader Andries Potgieter.
Some of the most creative local textiles designs are on offer here.
The town is known for its enthusiastic woodcarving population and many
fine examples can be purchased.