Tshatshingo Potholes

Tshatshingo potholes is also one of the several sacred sites of the Venda people

LOCATION OF TSHATSHINGO POTHOLES

Tshatshingo Pothole which occurs in a geologically deep gorge along the Tshirovha River, is a gigantic whirlpool approximately 15m in diameters. There are three other giant sinkholes in the same location. It is located in Makwarani village

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CUSTODIANS OF TSHATSHINGO POTHOLES

The Pothole is of significant heritage to the Vhavenda people in general and particularly to the Makani clan. By rights traditionally bestowed on the Makani clan, they have become the sole custodians of the Tshatshingo Pothole. The Makani chief, as the owner of the site, is the ultimate decision maker regarding any aspects related to the use or proposed developments projects around the Pothole.

WHY TSHATSHINGO POTHOLES IS A SACRED SITE

It is believed that this pothole was being used for ritual purposes and also as a dumping place for people who were against the chief of the village. It is also said that local witches were drowned here. All the bodies which fell inside the pothole are never retrieved.

TSHATSHINGO AS A TOURISM DESTINATION

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As a sacred site, the Tshatshingo Pothole can be a place of interest to tourists from all over the world. Even though the area is not developed, there are currently a large number of tourists who come to visit the place. There are also many other sacred places around the area that are being developed into tourism attractions.

CULTURAL BARRIERS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF TSHATSHINGO

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Cultural destination such as Tshatshingo Pothole require accomodation to enhance the visitor experience and actualizing the tourism potential. Since the pothole is a giant sinkhole, it is difficult for the tourists to see pothole because of the deep gorge landscape and slippery rock pathways to the site. Development of a foot-bridge across the pothole would be the best option because tourists would be able to see the pothole from a distance. However, according to the Makani the custodians of the Pothole, the development of the Pothole should only happen few kilometers from the Pothole since this pothole is still being used as a ritual place for the clan.

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