The Baobab on Baobab hill used to be a landmark on one of the early trade routes going through the area. Pioneer hunters used this route, which became known as the ''Ivory Trail'' to transport ivory and hides. One of these hunters, Ebersohn carved his name into this tree.
Once gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand in 1886, the recruitment of black workers from neighboring countries became popular. Many of the recruiters operated around Crooks Corner and Pafuri. They used the trade route to transport their workers to Soekmekaar Station, from where they were taken to the mines.
Due to the fact that there was a fountain on Baobab Hill, it was used as the first camping site where migrant workers stayed over.
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