Thohoyandou is the administrative and legislative centre for the Venda region in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.Thohoyandou is the former capital of the independent homeland of the Venda people. Its name means "head of the elephant" in Venda. The town is the commercial, administrative and legislative centre for the district. It is a bustling centre of commerce, well served with shopping complexes, an interesting museum, as well as a hotel and casino of international standards. Thohoyandou is situated in the south of Venda, on the main road between Louis Trichardt and the Kruger National Park. This is the lush agricultural centre of Venda, with its banana plantations, acres of sub-tropical fruit, tobacco and maize lands. Thohoyandou is the main development node in the Thulamela Local Municipal Area with a total of approximately 80.000 residents within the proclaimed boundaries of the town. It is further surrounded by numerous rural settlements situated on the outskirts of the proclaimed area. Thohoyandou forms the main business center of the area with the offices of the Vhembe District Municipality as well as the regional offices of several Government Departments also situated within the town.