The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Machadodorp / eNtokozweni

Afrikaans name: Machadodorp

The town of Machadodorp

Machadodorp now known as eNtokozweni

Photo © Steven Herbert


Since 2010 Machadodorp has been renamed to eNtokozweni which means "Place of Happiness".

The town got its name of Machadodorp in 1894. It was named after Major Joachim Machado who surveyed the land for a proposed railway line between Delegoa Bay and Pretoria.

The towns economy revolves around tourism, mining and timber. Some of the rivers in the area offer trout fishing opportunities. A short drive from the town, on the R541, one can find some thermal baths. Many people believe that these baths have strong healing properties.

In the hills in the area there are numerous stone walls and other remnants of pre-colonial times. They are known as the baKoni Ruins.

What is there to do in the Machadodorp area?

References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 129

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 294

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 144

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 178

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 285

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 222

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 28

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 122


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