The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Ixopo

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Ixopo is a small town approximately 100 km inland from Scottburgh. The town was originally named Stuartstown after a magistrate of the area Mr. M. Stuart. He died in 1881 at the Battle of Ingogo.

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The town is surrounded by rolling hills covered in sugarcane and timber. Both of these products are key to the towns survival.

Near the town is the Buddhist Retreat Centre which was named by CNN as one of the finest meditation centres in the world.

Ixopo doesn't offer much of interest to the general tourist but it is a good spot to escape the bright lights. There are a number of trails and waterfalls in the area.

The grasslands near Ixopo are one of the few places in South Africa where the rare Blue Swallow nests.

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References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 115

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 230

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 336

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 215

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 115

Getaway - Vol 32 No 12 - Author: - Published: 2021 - Page: 105

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 230


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