How Tonteldoos got its Name
Another look at the origins of a South Africa place name in our How the Dorp got its Name
Tonteldoos is a small town in Mpumalanga, established in 1883 and originally populated by poor but resourceful burghers.
The word 'tonteldoos' means tinderbox. While no-one is certain how the town got its unique name, the story goes that the local land surveyor lost his tinder-box in the area whilst surveying the farmlands.
Tonteldoos is located in a peaceful valley near Dullstroom, a popular fly fishing destination. It is surrounded by farmlands and the town itself has a pub, a cheese farm, a country kitchen and some places to stay.
The valley is known for having three species of arum lilly including the rare yello arum, and has another rare plant species, the Aloe reitzil.
Three days of family fun to be had at the annual Tonteldoos Country Festival at a tiny Mpumalanga hamlet, featuring the popular donkey cart rides, a Bird of Prey demonstration, boeresport ('farmers' fun sports) and all day live entertainment by various artists.
Need to Know
Dates: Easter weekend each year
Venue: Rocky Road Farm, Tonteldoos Road, Tonteldoos. Tonteldoos is situated about 20km North-East of Dullstroom.
Accommodation: Campers are welcome. Or visit www.portfoliocollection.com for Mpumalanga accommodation
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