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Kaapschehoop (pronounced kaap-se-hoop) is full of legends of gold and horses. It's history dates all the way back to 1721 according to the Dutch East India Company records.

Kaapschehoop is about 30 kms away from Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga Province. It is a very small village with a very diverse culture.

The wild horses apparently originate from the release of pit ponies hundreds of years ago.

Before Kaapschehoop got its name, it was known as "Duiwelskantoor" which means "Devil's Office". The reason for this name is the rugged terrain in which it was said that only the devil could live here.

Kaapschehoop is normally shrouded in mist and often looks like a cape in a sea of clouds. So it became known as Kaapschehoop during the gold rush, i.e. "Cape of Hope".

There are still a few prospectors hoping to find the big one, although primarily, Kaapschehoop is an environmentally concious tourist destination. These horses are very healthy, and you can occasionally find them roaming about between the houses in the area, as there are very few fences. It is truly beautiful.

I have cropped this image slightly and adjusted contrast a little. Hope you like it. We are very privileged to live only a few minutes away from the area, and have the opportunity of seeing wild horses almost every day.

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