Mokopane at a glance
Mokopane, or Potgietersrus as it used to be known, is situated just off the N1 national highway that leads north from Johannesburg - Pretoria to Zimbabwe. Mokopane offers property and real estate investors a wide range of quality homes. These properties vary from large, rambling houses to smaller houses, cluster villages and apartments.
Mokopane is quiet little town that was originally named after Commandant Hermanus Potgieter, who was killed in 1854 during an engagement with Chief Makapan's Tlou followers. It lay abandoned for some years, but was resettled in 1890 and is now the centre of a thriving farming area among whose major crops are groundnuts, tobacco and citrus.
The climate of the region is invitingly subtropical. The town is sheltered and its gardens are famed for their aloes, which are usually a blaze of colour.
The Game Breeding Centre is part of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa network. The centre breeds both indigenous (mainly rare or endangered species, including white and black rhino; the black rhinos have their own reserve) and exotic animals. Among the latter are llama, pygmy hippo, blackbuck, hog deer, mouflon wild sheep, the Madagascar lemur and the capybara, largest of the world's rodents.
The flat grassland is also home to waterbuck, giraffe, plains zebra and others.
Some of Southern Africa's largest citrus groves are cultivated some 45 kilometres east of town and more than half a million trees produce 500 million oranges (Valencias and navels) each year.
The Makapan's Cave may be visited with permission from the Potgietersrus Museum. In 1854 a Boer commando, determined on revenge after an ambush, besieged an Ndebele clan chieftain named Makapan, or Mokopane, and about 3,000 of his followers. Most of Mokopane's followers died of thirst but the remainder (700 of them) were killed when they tried to make a break for it. The cave, though, has less dismal associations. It has proved to be an archaeologist's treasure house, yielding numerous humanoid fossils, including the remains of a 3-million-year old man-ape.
Seeff Mokopane can assist you with a wide selection of residential property for sale or rental including houses, apartments, cluster developments, security villages, land and guesthouses. We also handle game farms and agricultural farms as well as Golf Estates.