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Modjadjiskloof, also known by its former name Duiwelskloof (Afrikaans for Devil's Gorge) is a small town situated at the foot of the escarpment in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Modjadjiskloof is located in Limpopo
 Modjadjiskloof shown within Limpopo
Modjadjiskloof is located in South Africa
Modjadjiskloof (South Africa)
Modjadjiskloof is located in Africa
Modjadjiskloof (Africa)
Coordinates: 23°42′S 30°08′E / 23.700°S 30.133°E / -23.700; 30.133Coordinates: 23°42′S 30°08′E / 23.700°S 30.133°E / -23.700; 30.133
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityGreater Letaba
 • Total2.99 km2 (1.15 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total1,815
 • Density610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African47.4%
 • Coloured0.5%
 • Indian/Asian2.8%
 • White47.9%
 • Other1.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans43.7%
 • Northern Sotho23.3%
 • English12.3%
 • Tsonga9.7%
 • Other11.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)0835
PO box0835
Area code015

The village is 18 km north of Tzaneen. Surveyed in 1919 and proclaimed in 1920, it was administered by a village management board. The name, Afrikaans for ‘Devil’s ravine’, was possibly given by virtue of the rugged, awe inspiring aspect, or because of the difficulty with which laden wagons trekked through it in the rainy season. The railway station was called Modjadji in 1914 but was later renamed.[2] The Sunland Baobab tree, that was located nearby, lost a large chunk of its main stem early in 2017 and the rest of the tree fell into pieces in April 2017.

Name changeEdit

Duiwelskloof was renamed Modjadjiskloof on June 14, 2004 in honor of the Modjadji or Rain Queen, hereditary ruler of the Balobedu people of the area and the only ruling queen in South Africa.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Modjadjiskloof". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 144.