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 Post subject: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning
Unread postPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 1:47 pm 
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Lifted from another topic, I think it deserves it's own.

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(...) I realize that just about everybody knows that Skukuza is a corruption of "sikhukhuza", the Zulu for "he who sweeps clean", referring to Colonel James Stevenson-Hamilton, first warden of Kruger. But did you know that "N’wanetsi" comes from the Tsonga "n’wetsi-n’wetsi" which means to "glimmer or shine", so N'wanetsi is “the spruit with the shiny, glimmering water”.


Who knows more explanations and/or meanings of names in Kruger?

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 Post subject: Re: Place names in kruger - Explanations and meanings
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Buy the book "A Dictionary of Kruger National Park Place Names" by JJ Kloppers and Hans Bornman ISBN 0-9584782-1-X :D

An extract from the above book:

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AFSAAL - Picnic spot and borehole, situated 21km noth of Malelane, next to the tarred road between Skukuza and Malelane, on the banks of the Mrthowa Creek.


Afsaal is an Afrikaans word for
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'a place next to the road where one breaks a journey to have a rest'. Named by Dr U de V Pienaar when the road was built in 1985.

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This is very interseting. SO & I were just chatting about the names the other day & saying that we should find out more about the word meanings when we're there next month. We were for example talking about "Manzimhlope" - In Xhosa Manzi (Amanzi) means water & hlope means white. So it could mean "Whitewater", but not being in a Xhosa region we were wondering if it has that meaning. Will have find out.

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I've recently posted a page on the website on the meanings of place names in the Kgalagadi under "every name tells a story". Think it would be a good idea to add such a page for Kruger?


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 Post subject: Interesting thread
Unread postPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:49 pm 
Perhaps this should be conducted on a "question and answer" basis.

Not all names are covered in Dr Kloppers' book, I think, although I don't have it.

I'm curious about "Pafuri" and "Mhlanganzwane", for example.

Sorry if there is another thread.


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I can't find Mhlanganzwane in Dr Kloppers and Hans Bornman's book, does it have a different spelling perhaps?
Pafuri - a distortion of Mphaphuli, the dynastic name of the Venda chief through whose area the Luvuvhu River flows. Magnus Forssman named the Luvuvhu River the Paforis as early as 1869 and in 1875 Merensky named it the Pafuri.
This is an excellent book and I hope they will forgive me for quoting it.


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 Post subject: Re: Info
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Richprins wrote:

Another question - Mafortini, east of Shingwedzi.


Don't know of a Mafortini, east of Shingwedzi :?
There is a Mafotini waterhole, also known as Mafourteen, used to be spelt Mafortini, 13kms northwest of Lower Sabie, got it's name from the Mozambicans who walked through the park and had to spend 14 days in detention as illegal immigrants before they were allowed to continue their journey. The footpath they used passed nearby.

You really must buy the book, it's a steal at R150 and all for a good cause :wink:


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Dipene now spelt Dipeni, Tsongo for 'at the dip tank'.
The cement dipping tank was built during the outbreak of foot and mouth in 1938.
People who crossed the border from Mozambique had to immerse their feet in the disinfectant to prevent spreading the disease.
Again thanks to Kloppers and Bornman :)


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I recently bought the book "A Dictionary of Kruger National Park Place Names" by JJ Kloppers and Hans Bornman and started plugging in the coordinates, as supplied in the book, into GoogleEarth. Wouldn't you know it, a whole bunch of errors in position of common places like Crocodile Bridge rest camp. I am trying to contact the publisher/editor to inform them of the errors and will let you know what happens. Other than the coord errors this is a really great book.


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 Post subject: meaning of names
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Hi everybody,

could someone please tell me the meaning of the names Satara and
Skukuza? Also Numbi and Maleane would be very interesting. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: meaning of names
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Satara - is derived from a Indian word meaning "seventeenth". The name was given to a farm, the seventeenth to have been surveyed by a land surveyor and who pitched his camp in this vicinity.


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 Post subject: Re: meaning of names
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A good way to start a thread :thumbs_up:

Skukuza, as far as I know, refered to Hamilton, "he who sweeps away".. the real dynamic force behind the Park...

There is the most wonderful and comprehensive thread on Hamilton by glsmit on the forum..

please help me here mods

Mathekenyane, my most favourite place in the Park, means place of the sand flea....... :huh:

my daughters have just returned from a trip to the Park.. they showed me the most stunning pictures of Mathekenyane.. and they also showed bite marks of sand fleas. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: meaning of names
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Col. James Stevenson-Hamilton : 1st Warden of KRUGER PARK


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 Post subject: Re: meaning of names
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This also has the potential to develop into another very interesting and educational thread:.

NUMBI:= a Siswati word referring to the fruit of the small tree - "um-numbela". The Transvaal milk Plum ( Englerophytum magalismontanum ).

MALELANE:= the name of the Malelane Regiment of King Mswati II ( 1845-1865) who guarded the river against the Bapedi. Later the name of the Railway station in 1891- even later to the Ranger's Post, now a little Rest Camp even later to be developed into hotel site accomodating over 200 visitors.

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 Post subject: Re: meaning of names
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A few more;

Sabie: = original siSwati word "sabisa", be careful, referring to the slippery rocks. The river originates higher up on the Mpumalanga escarpment and flows over the very slippery kaolinitic clay.

Other old spellings - Sabi, Sabe, Save,Lusaba, Sabana- from the local black languages being Sotho, Tsonga,siSwati and Zulu.

Tshokwane: = named after a Sotho who lived here in the 1800s or even earlier.

Other old spellings - Chokwan, Chokwana, Tjokwane and TSOKWANA.

Pretoriuskop:= named after named after Willem Pretorius a member of the Carel Trichardt expedition, who died in the area and was buried there his grave can be seen on the southern sideof the H1-1.

Fayi := Tsonga meaning "a tall thin person".

Orpen:= named after Mr. and Mrs. J.H.Orpen, a couple who really, really cared for the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. They donated large pieces of farmland to the SANPARKS to develop and keep in custody for Mother Nature.

Pafuri: = named after the Venda chief Mphaphuli now Pafuri.

Selati: = a Sotho word= "follower" also the name given to the Railaway Line following the border of the . . . . . .Selati River, a tributary of the Olifants River.

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