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How Tonteldoos got its Name

Posted Wed, 4 Apr 2012 (2 years ago)

Another look at the origins of a South Africa place name in our How the Dorp got its Name series.

Tonteldoos is a small town in Mpumalanga, established in 1883 and originally populated by poor but resourceful burghers.

The word 'tonteldoos' means tinderbox. While no-one is certain how the town got its unique name, the story goes that the local land surveyor lost his tinder-box in the area whilst surveying the farmlands. 

 


 

About Tonteldoos

 

Tonteldoos is located in a peaceful valley near Dullstroom, a popular fly fishing destination. It is surrounded by farmlands and the town itself has  a pub, a cheese farm, a country kitchen and some places to stay.

The valley is known for having three species of arum lilly including the rare yello arum, and has another rare plant species, the Aloe reitzil.

(Information source

Tinderbox image)


 

Tonteldoos Festival

 

Three days of family fun to be had at the annual Tonteldoos Country Festival at a tiny Mpumalanga hamlet, featuring the popular donkey cart rides, a Bird of Prey demonstration, boeresport ('farmers' fun sports) and all day live entertainment by various artists. 

Need to Know

  • Dates: Easter weekend each year
  • Venue: Rocky Road Farm, Tonteldoos Road, Tonteldoos. Tonteldoos is situated about 20km North-East of Dullstroom. 
  • Accommodation: Campers are welcome. Or visit www.portfoliocollection.com for Mpumalanga accommodation
  • Contact: Liz on +27 (0)13 254-0702

 


 

Mpumalanga Accommodation

 

Portfolio offers a fine selection of charming accommodation in Mpumalanga province. Contact res@portfoliocollection.com for bookings or visit www.portfoliocollection.com

 

 



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