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Dwarsberg


Dwarsberg. (Motlhwane)
A range of hills in the north-west of the Province which mark the "border" with the Limpopo province. The range was divided into two by a deep ravine through which the Madikwe (Marico) river flowed. 








Map showing Mafikeng, Lichtenburg & Zeerust.These ravines were known as eersetepoort, tweedepoort etc The Dwarsberg was, in the nineteenth century, a source of relative comfort for the local African population and a resting place for the local Boer hunters (and some other European hunters) and their way to the hunting fields of the Trans-Limpopo. This was because the range offered some respite from the heat, mosquitoes (in summer) and tsetse fly that were a scourge to man and animal alike in that region of the frontier.
After crossing the Dwarsberg travelers generally made their way into the territory of the BamaNgwato. Precipitation from the hills gives rise to the Ngotwani river. According to some BaTswana legends they originated from the "Cave of Lowe" where a man named Matsieng opened a waterhole to create the first men and animals.
Rock engravings mark this Cave which is near Mochudi in Botswana. However similar markings, the left footprint of a man and foot prints of cattle and goats are found at the Dwarsberg, and it is believed that these mark the route taken by these people as they made their way towards Dinokana.       


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