There’s a settlement called Singapore in Limpopo, South Africa

Not to be confused with Liangpopo.

Guan Zhen Tan | December 12, 2016 @ 07:04 pm

On Dec. 11, Twitter user Syafiq Firdaus tweeted:

If you can’t see it, this is the picture he posted, which was originally from influencer Dan Bilzerian.

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As any Singaporean would know, obviously that is not Singapore.

A few people quickly sniffed out that Instagram influencers, like Dan Bilzerian here, were using our country’s geographical tag to boost views.

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Which was more or less confirmed, as Bilzerian has since changed the geotag of the photo, confirmin he was actually in United States, California.

However, someone pointed out something pretty jaw-dropping:

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There is a Singapore in South Africa.

While we’ve heard about the ghost town in the US, our South African counterpart is documented much less frequently.

Could it possibly be that Instagrammers had found our new twin in South Africa?

A quick search, however, reveals very little to be excited about.

The Singapore settlement in Limpopo, South Africa

Though Wikipedia talks about it as a settlement, Google Maps show an expense of shrubs and grasses, without a trace of housing or living quarters.


To Google Maps’ defence, the nearest we can get to Limpopo’s Singapore is from a distance away.


Tourism sites have little to zero information about the settlement.

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One of them does mention about how Limpopo is a “region of infinite scenic beauty with a great diversity of both natural and man-made attractions, rich cultural heritage and an abundance of wildlife and nature-based tourism opportunities”

One thing is for sure, though — wherever that Bilzerian had been to, it’s not Singapore, Singapore.


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About Guan Zhen Tan

Guan Zhen is a serial doodler with multiple pens with her wherever she goes. She loves listening to Visual Kei bands, Jamiroquai and random songs from the future-funk genre.

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