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About Kaapsehoop

Kaapsehoop (also known as Kaapshehoop or Kaapschehoop) is located very high in the hills, near the top of the surrounding Drakensburg escarpment, above the town of Nelspruit, overlooking the De Kaap Valley (The Cape Valley) also known as the Barberton Valley, 800 meters below. The valley is prominently known as the 'valley of death' because of the prevalence of malaria, however Kaapsehoop has evaded this and continues to do so because of its altitude. Rain and cloud are often the weather forecast at this altitude, making it a lot cooler during summer whilst the Lowveld below has sweltering summers.

The Kaapsche Hoop Valley is often referred to as a fairytale village as it is often shrouded in mist and is home to many wild horses. The herd of wild horses that makes the plateau its home apparently descend from horses sent with the British troops stationed here during the South African War. The village is particularly proud of their wild horses (about 200) that range at will among the hills and plateaus.

Quick Facts

Province: Mpumalanga
Country: South Africa
Address: Kaapschehoop, Mpumalanga

Why go?

- Wild horses
- Adams calendar
- Rare birding opportunities

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Kaapsehoop, originally spelled Kaapsche Hoop, received its name from the Dutch who gave the town this name because of all the gold that was discovered within its boundaries in the 1873 gold rush. The name means 'hope of the Cape', referring to prospector's hopes for gold.

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