Louis Trichardt or Makhado (formerly Trichardtsdorp) is a town at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountain range in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It is named after the voortrekker leader Louis Tregardt. It is the centre of the Makhado Local Municipality, which comprises 16,000 km² with a total population of 270,000 (2001). Louis Trichardt is located in a fertile region where litchis, bananas, mangoes and nuts are produced. The national road N1 runs through the town. Louis Trichardt is 437 kilometres from Johannesburg and one hour's drive from the Zimbabwean border at Beitbridge. Louis Trichardt was formerly known as Makhado, but it was changed back to Makhado. But now many people use the one name or the other.Louis Trichardt also known as Makhado because the apartheid leaders didn't want the name Makhado because it was the name of the warrior and chief Makhado.Vleifontein, Elim, Tshikota, Madombidzha, Makhado Park and Dzanani surrounds the town at all directions. The mayor of the town is F.D. Mutavhatsindi.