recorded movement of Europeans into the region occurred in 1723 when a group
of 19 men from Maputo was in search of a supposed ‘mountain of iron”.
Historians believe that this mountain of iron may have been Ironstone Kop at
Malelane. The group were however attacked and killed by local inhabitants
before they could reach the mountain.
recorded entry of Europeans into the region was when Louis Trichard and his
party attempted to establish a route from the Transvaal Highveld to Maputo.
However Malaria would take its toll on the trekkers.
Trichard trek setback, the Voortrekkers made a gradual progression northward
and by 1845 there were enough settlers along the eastern portion of the
plateau to indicate the need for some form of locally centralized government.
The Republic of Ohrigstad and surrounding country was formed.
struck Ohrigstad and wiped out most of the population. In 1849 the then
Volksraad decided to establish Lydenburg,”the town of suffering”, in memory
of those who died in Ohrigstad.
Idyllic to our
area is the Mogaba tree. At the start of Autumn all the mountains are dressed
in the most beautiful Autumn colours. See the splendour of the Mogaba Tree
(kirkii wilmsii) in their autumn dress in the month of May.