South Africa's Limpopo is well-known for the legendary Baobab trees that grow there, particularly in the Venda region near the Soutpansberg mountain range. Baobab trees have come to be steeped in legends of the Venda people who reside in the province. The gnarled bark and bulging branches of the Baobab trees truly capture the spirit of Africa, and offer an outstanding theme for photographs.
Known as Venda or Luvenda, Tshivenda is a Bantu language and relates to the Niger-Congo languages. The majority of Venda speakers live in South Africa, where it is an official language. In South Africa, the approximately 670,000 Tshivenda speakers, are scattered across the Northern part of the Limpopo Province.
Due to the variety of cultures and ethnic groups living in South Africa, the country has eleven official languages. Not everyone in South Africa can speak all eleven, so visitors need not worry. The majority of South Africans can speak and understand English, so tourists will be able to communicate with locals relatively easily. The eleven official languages are Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, ...
The area known as Venda, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, has traditionally been the home of the Venda people who are believed to have traveled from the Great Lakes of Central Africa in the 12th century. Changes in South Africa’s political system over the years and historic conflicts with rival tribes have not had a lastingly negative impact on Venda or its people, a fact which is ...