A report on a cultural heritage assessment at Leopard Cave Resort on the farms Buffelshoek 680KQ (Portion Lopard Cave 715KQ), Limpopo Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS to conduct a cultural heritage assessment (HIA) at Leopard Cave Safaris. This is on certain portions of the original farm Buffelshoek 689 KQ, close to Thabazimbi in the Limpopo Province.
As no development is currently planned, no impact assessment was done. The client is known with some heritage sites on the property and these were assessed in order to assist with future planning. The client however does intend to demolish one of these, an old farm house, since it is in disrepair and a safety hazard.
As a result no survey of the area was done, but the known sites visited and documented. The location/position of the sites was determined by means of a Global Positioning System (GPS), while photographs were also taken. This is in accordance with the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession.
The evaluation of heritage sites is done by giving a field rating of each using the following criteria:
• The unique nature of a site
• The integrity of the archaeological deposit
• The wider historic, archaeological and geographic context of the site
• The location of the site in relation to other similar sites or features
• The depth of the archaeological deposit (when it can be determined or is known)
• The preservation condition of the site
• Uniqueness of the site and
• Potential to answer present research questions.
The sites assessed consist of the already mentioned farm house and four grave sites. These are discussed and possibilities for the management thereof discussed. Recommendations made are done by means of different options to be utilised in the future management thereof.

Report by

Prof. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Accredited member of SASCH