History

"The Waterberg Meander route starts here, at the most common entrance to the Waterberg plateau - the Sandrivierspoort, one of only five natural gateways into the hinterland from the south or east, the others being Bakkers Pass to the west, Tarentaalstraat in the south and the Bokpoort and Kloof Passes in the east.  Stretching to the west is the iconic view of the "Seven Sisters"‚ one of the most photographed and painted images in the Waterberg.  In reality there are many more sisters - buttresses of the Waterberg massif rising from the flat basin outside the southern escarpment.  Here the journey of exploration begins."

The famous South African poet, author and naturalist Eugene Marais also left his footprint on this area of VAALWATER in the Limpopo Province.  He was an editor of the newspaper, Land en Volk and became controversial in Transvaal politics. He withdrew to a lonely life on a Waterberg farm (south of the town of Vaalwater), north of Pretoria and created some of his best poetry. It was also around this time that he published "The Soul of the White Ant" (1937) and then "My Friends the Baboons" (1939) which was posthumously published after he had taken his life. (sahistory.org.za) 

From 1905 Marais studied nature in the Waterberg area and also studied the black mambaspitting cobra and puff adder. Moreover, he observed a specific troop of baboons at length. He is acknowledged as the father of the scientific study of the behaviour of animals, known as Ethology. There is evidence  that Marais' time and his researches in the wild northern mountains brought him great peace and joy and provided him with artistic inspiration. In the poem "Waar Tebes in die stil woestyn", he writes (as translated into English by J. W. Marchant) 'There would I know peace once more, where Tebes in the quiet desert lifts it mighty rockwork on high....'. (Tebus is one of the principle peaks of the Waterberg area where the Seven Sisters meet the savannah).