The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Burgersfort

Burgersfort in Limpopo


Photo © Johan van Zyl


The town of Burgersdorp is located in the Spekboom River Valley which gives it a scenic setting. It is not far from the border between the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

During 1876 and 1877 the people of the "Transvaal Colony" fought a war against the Pedie people (also known as the Bapedi) who were ruled by Chief Sekhukhune. During this war the Transvaal people built a hexagonal fort on the site of what was to become Burgersfort.

Visitors to the area will find plenty to do. The surrounding hills offer good hikes and birders are frequent visitors to the area. The wild flowers are also a popular drawcard. The main attraction, however, is the various historical sites in the area.

The area around Burgersdorp is particularly rich in platinum.

Beautiful setting

Above - Scenic beauty surrounding Burgersfort

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 39

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 187


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