oa Botswana Notes & Records - The Homestead at Crocodile Pools

Volume 38 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The original homestead on Crocodile Pools Farm celebrated its hundredth birthday in 2002, making it one of the oldest occupied houses in Botswana. Richard Transveldt was born in Germany in 1860 and emigrated to the Cape as a young man. There, he made a fortune hunting seals and lost it farming ostriches. He finally moved to Bechuanaland setting up a sawmill in Otse. He acquired land and built a fine home in the German colonial style overlooking the Metsimaswaane River. At the age of 95, Transveldt died. About 1960, the farm was sold on auction. Empty and deserted, the grand old house decayed. The Campbells bought the house in 1971 and made the house habitable. Today, Crocodile Pools Farm has been much sub-divided, but the homestead lives on, standing on a rise looking northward towards Kgale Hill and Gaborone.

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