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About Mashovhela Pool

Mashovhela, also traditionally known as “the place where the drums can be heard”, is the second most sacred place in Venda folklore. This sacred site is still used occasionally by sangomas in rain-making ceremonies. A few years ago the sangomas beat their drums - shortly after which Venda had the heaviest rains and most devastating floods in living memory.!

According to Venda lore, the legendary and powerful King Thohoiyanda had a mystical drum, Ngoma Lungundo ('drum of the dead'). As his enemies approached this drum was beaten and his foes just dropped dead. One night, King Thohoiyanda and the sacred drum mysteriously disappeared from his royal kraal. Neither were ever seen again.

It is believed he disappeared into the Western Soutpansberg, where Mashovhela Lodge is situated. Tradition has it that it is this sacred drum that can sometimes be heard in the echoes from the rock cliffs of Mashovhela Pool. Come and listen for the drum beating at Mashovhela.

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Mashovhela Pool is 1539.3km from the centre of Soutpansberg , the nearest airport 109.9km (Polokwane Airport).
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