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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Das Neves Cross, Kruger National Park

Afrikaans name:

Das Neves Cross

Das Neves Cross in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert


When travelling north on the H1-6 tar road from Letaba Camp you come across a loop road that meanders through the thick bush near the Letaba River. After a while you arrive at a plaque announcing the Das Neves Cross. The cross itself is carved into the southern side of the trunk of a Leadwood Tree.

There is debate over who may have carved the cross but most likely, perhaps, is Diocleciano Fernandes das Neves who explored the area now known as Kruger National Park in the late 1850's and early 1860's. He was from Portugal and made his living hunting Elephant for their ivory and trading.

Plaque near the tree

Plaque near the tree

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

Historical Sites of the Kruger National Park - Author: Ron Hopkins - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 60

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