Kaapsehoop

Kaapsehoop – because magic really must exist. 🍃

Once known as the Duiwels Kantoor, this quaint little village gained its fame towards the end of the 19th century when gold was discovered in a small creek running through the town. After the precious metal was found here in 1882, the population boomed to 5 000 people. But when their diggings brought meagre returns, only 16 stayed behind.

Kaapsehoop is home to a legendary herd of nomadic horses. With wildflowers and weeds adorning their manes, they’re believed to have descended from the mares of the old prospectors who abandoned the town.

The rock field formations near the town are made up of quartzites of the Black Reef Formation of the Transvaal Supergroup.

An air crash on the escarpment of Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga brought about the discovery of the megalithic stone calendar of Adams Calendar. The stones deeply rooted into the earth of the area are not naturally occurring and are aligned to the cardinal points (North, South, East, West), to the equinoxes as well as the solstices. Controversially suggested to be the oldest man made structure in the world, the calendar is sometimes referred to as African Stonehenge, predating both Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza by thousands of years and believed to be over 200 000 years old.

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