Created as the capital of the apartheid-era Venda homeland, Thohoyandou (Elephant Head) is a scrappy and chaotic town set amid beautiful Venda scenery – like so many modern African urban creations, it lacks both beauty and any sense of historical resonance. That said, it’s useful as a base for exploring the Venda region or to overnight on the way to/from Kruger’s Punda Maria Gate, a 60km drive. The adjacent town of Sibasa is 5km north of Thohoyandou.
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