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Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« on: May 26, 2008, 08:16:30 pm »
Sanwild was just part of the experience this weekend.  Peaches and myself had the pleasure really walking around in the little "town" while we were waiting for the posse from Letsitele.

The old hotel has been closed down, but here is some pics I have taken of the buildings and other interesting things I saw.  I hope Peaches will add to it.

The town.



The old hotel's notice board.



Porter's pub.  I am sure we would have been welcome there.



A ginding stone in front of the pub.  Wonder how it got there.



Some mural art we found in the old hotel.





The car stolen from your cuz's brother-in-law.   It is parked in the old Leydsdorp hotel.  I am sure that everything is still there.   :)



The "new" Lodge's notice board.  Note that it is open 24 hours.   ;)



This is Dick and myself on Kruger's Post's front stoep.  Legend have it that the old Prez stayed there and that it was some of his favourite hunting places.



The main street taken over by Wilddogs.



We wandered down the road and found the town's graveyard.  What a sad place.  It was a place where the majority of the graves we could still read was children below 5 years of age. 

The two mothers in the party was of course in a bit of a state after that.

Here is Kitty's grave.  She was only 5 years old.



Little Doris was a few months old.



An Italian far from home.



On a happier note.  Stephan and I stayed in a beautifull spot all by ourselves.  Even though we had to navigate the little tweespoor concrete strips uphill twice in the dark.

The view from the deck.





The lapa we never used.  Firewood, the grill and chairs were ready for us every night.



Some of the other facilities.





Sunday morning's sunrise.



Me coming down the dreaded strips.  All worth it.









 

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Re: Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 08:31:00 pm »
Sooo much history - Just forgotten
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Re: Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008, 09:01:46 pm »
That's why graveyards are so important - each headstone tells of a life that contributed to making us what we are today....whether right or wrong or politically correct or not - a life lived and loved.

It's just so poignant - in being both happy and sad.
 

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Re: Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2008, 10:30:05 pm »
Enjoyed this one. Thanks.  :cool:
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2008, 07:44:05 am »
Thanks for that,where exactly is this little spot?
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Re: Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2008, 07:56:10 am »
52kms from Tzaneen very close to Gravelotte.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2008, 10:18:48 am »
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Re: Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008, 10:32:07 am »
Think I'm going to visit this place with the family soon

Thanx for sharing R

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Re: Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009, 02:50:07 pm »
I know it is an old post but I have just joined and have just stumbled upon it.

Just some useless info about the town:
Leydsdorp was the capital of the Transvaal for 1 day. Paul Kruger had a lodge there and was visiting the lodge when he was called to urgently sign some paperwork. He did not feel like going all the way back to Pretoria and so declared Leydsdorp the capital of the state and had the papers sent to him at his lodge.

Leydsdorp also has a Baobab tree which is hollow in the centre and was used as a post office for a short while.

'Tis a lovely little town with plenty history. I coincidently happen to have two stands there. They are talking about huge development there though and I think it will be a pitty if it were to become another stop like Gravelotte.
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009, 03:43:08 pm »
Thanx for sharing - any history will be welcomed!
 

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Re: Leydsdorp - The one horse town without a horse
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2009, 12:56:28 pm »
The 2008 BMW GS Challenge was located in Leydsdorp. It wasn't so quiet then...