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The three rondavels

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

Artist's Description

The Three Rondavels, across the Blyde Canyon and at the end of the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, (South Africa) are huge triplet rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the canyon. The word “Rondawel” is a South African word that refers to a round hut-like dwelling (usually with a thatched roof). The three well known gigantic peaks of quartzite and shale with their sheer rock walls tower more than 700 m above the surrounding landscape.
The “Three Rondawels” were known as “The Chief and his three wives”. The flat topped peak to the right is named MAPJANENG- “The Chief” – (named in honour of a Mapulana chief named Maripe Mashile who routed invading Swazis at a great battle whose name has lived on as “Moholoholo” or – in translation “The very great one”) whilst the three most troublesome wives – in descending order from right to left – are named MASEROTO, MOGOLADIKWE, and MAGABOLLE.
Canon PowerShotS51S digital camera.


on 20 July 2010. Thank you very much!!

FEATURED in the AFRICAN BEAUTY GROUP
15 October 2010.
FEATURED in Fauna, Flora, Landscapes and Archtecture in South Africa
16 October 2010.
PIC of the WEEK in Afrikaans is my moedertaal
31 Maart 2012.

on 10 July 2010. Thank you so much!!

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