Panda: Meeting point of Old Hunters’ Road, Old Cattle Trail

Back in time: Westbeech’s Store in Pandamatenga 1891 PIC: ZIMBABWE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Back in time: Westbeech’s Store in Pandamatenga 1891 PIC: ZIMBABWE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

There are two versions of what the name ‘Pandamatenga’ really means.

One version says Pandamatenga was named after a renowned elephant hunter called ‘Mutenga’ who used a strategic spot by the bush around the Mpanda trees (rain trees) near the river as his favourite hunting base. As this version of the story goes, Mutenga was a reliable supplier of ivory to European travellers. Other hunters, mostly European, began to use his spot calling it Mpanda Mutenga.

The other version claims that the name is derived from ‘panda’ meaning ‘market’ and ‘tenga’ meaning ‘to bring.’

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

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