Named after the vhaVenda leader who ruled the area for many years, Makhado is a fertile region where litchis, bananas, mangoes and nuts are produced. The municipal area comprises 754.727 km². The national road (N1) runs through the town. Makhado is situated in a highly fertile, rapidly growing agricultural area. The town has become one of Limpopo's premier business and tourist destinations and is the perfect springboard from which to visit the Songozwi sacred burial site of the vhaVenda, as well as Makhado's 'office', a secluded cave from where the chief conducted his campaign against the Voortrekkers. The well-known town of Louis Trichardt is situated at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountain range in Limpopo and was developed from the Voortrekker settlement in the area. It derives its name from the leader Louis Trichardt, who refused to live under British rule in the Cape and arrived here in 1836.