Crooks Corner & Thulamela Ruins
This region’s rich historical and cultural heritage, can be explored by guided visits to Crooks Corner and the Thulamela archeological site overlooking the Luvuvhu River.
More than 600 years ago, a peaceful tribe lived on a hilltop near the Luvuvhu bridge. The walled city of Thulamela is thought to be an offshoot of the Great Zimbabwe culture. Although its existence has been known for decades, it was only in 1993 that the Gold Fields Foundation and the Kruger National Park formed a joint venture to explore and develop the site for educational purposes. Archaeologist Sidney Miller was commissioned to head the team of five workers who spent the next 18 months painstakingly reconstructing the fallen walls of Thulamela.
Originally, stone walls were built to show the high status of the royal family, demarcate living areas and provide privacy. The vast area covered by Thulamela’s walling is evidence that the city housed approximately 2 000 people. Excavation of the middens produced gold jewellery iron-age implements, ceramic pots herds, glass beads, spinning whorls, sewing needles and even a piece of Chinese porcelain were brought to the surface. The presence of these items confirmed the hypothesis that gold, iron and other metals were smelted at Thulamela by a technologically sophisticated community who had trade links with the Far East. A morning tour through these ruins will leave you enthralled.
Crook’s Corner, a settlement at the meeting point of 3 countries (South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe) became a beacon for anyone who wished to avoid both the restrictions, and the enforcers of law and order.
When men got into trouble in any (or all) of the 3 countries they would naturally gravitate to Crook’s Corner. It was a bushy wedge of land where crocodiles sunned themselves on the sandy beach, dreaming their evil dreams, or popped up silently from submersion, warning the unwary of the dangers of illegal border crossing.
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