He is to scout for trading opportunities with the indigenous communities there as well as to identify arable land.
They put foot on South African soil for the first time on 8 November at present-day St.
Helena Bay on the west coast and encounter the first Khoi-Khoi.
They are dressed in skins, and wear sheaths over their virile members.
They are armed with poles of olive wood to which a horn, browned in the fire, is attached...' Da Gama reaches the mouth of the Limpopo River during the first weeks and lands 85km north of it, where he meets the first Black people, probably a Tsonga society living north of the Limpopo.