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historical photo - Xhosa womenA young girl called Nongqawuse had seen a messenger from the realm of the ancestors at a waterhole. She told her uncle Mhlakaza about her vision. As he was an important Xhosa priest, his social rank granted a great impact to the prophecy he derived from his niece's vision. He announced that soldiers who were incarnations of the souls of dead Xhosa warriors, would arrive on the 18th of February over the sea, come onto land through the "Hole in the Wall" and defeat the hated British. But, he continued, the Xhosa had to make a sacrifice to help the warriors by destroying all their cereals and killing all their cattle. After the victory, there would be food in abundance for everybody. The Xhosa followed the instructions in his prophecy and killed their whole stock of cattle. The catastrophe took its course. Thousands of Xhosa starved and the British had an easy time conquering the remaining people.

Overberg
[Swellendam]
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Bontebok NP]
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Malgas]
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Garden Route
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[Mossel Bay]
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George]
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Oudtshoorn]
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Ostrich Farms]
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Cango Caves]
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Outeniqua Choo Choo]
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Wilderness]
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Knysna]
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Plettenberg Bay]
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Tsitsikamma NP]
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Eastern Cape
[St. Francis Bay]
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[Jeffreys Bay]
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[Port Elizabeth]
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Addo Elephant NP]
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Kenton-on-Sea]
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Port Alfred]
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Grahamstown]
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[Amatola Hogsback]
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[East London]
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Kei Mouth]
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Umtata]
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Transkei]
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Coffee Bay]
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Hole in the Wall]
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Port St. Johns]
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Karoo
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Karoo NP]
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Graaff-Reinet]
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Valley of Desolation]
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Mountain Zebra NP]
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Hole in the Wall
Wild Coast / Eastern Cape

Near Coffee Bay is a prominent rock formation with a big hole in the middle, which has become a symbol for the Xhosa of a great historical tragedy, the "Great Cattle Killing".

hole in the wall near Coffee Bay

Left: Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay.
Right: Young Xhosa women around 1900


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