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kaalvoet vrouRetief’s Pass is the route taken by Piet Retief’s party as they descended the Drakensberg and headed for Mgungundlovu, King Dingane’s capital. The Kaalvoetvrou (Barefoot woman) Monument commemorates Susanna Catharina Smit, sister of Gerrit Maritz, who claimed that she would prefer to walk barefoot over the Drakensberg than under a British flag. Ironically, she died in Natal, which meant that she never did walk barefoot across the Drakensberg.

GPS co-ordinates: S28° 33.300’ E29° 08.963’.

Kerkenberg Deborah Retief writing 2

 

 

 

The nearby Kerkenberg is where Retief’s party encamped during his visit to Dingane. His daughter, Deborah Retief, wrote his name in green paint on the rock face on his 57th birthday, on Sunday 12th November 1837. Co-ordinates: S28° 30.331’ E29° 06.553’