Modimolle / Nylstroom
The village of Nylstroom was laid out on a farm in February 1866. Today the town of Nylstroom has been renamed Modimolle after the prominent hill close by which the locals regard as their holy mountain (Modimolle meaning ‘god has devoured’).
In the 1860s, a group of Voortrekkers known as the Jerusalem Trekkers set off for the Holy Land. After discovering a wide river flowing northwards, they consulted the maps at the back of their Bibles and decided that it was the Nylrivier (Nile river).
After discovering what they believed to be a ruined pyramid, they were convinced that they had found the Nile. It was in fact, a natural hillock, known to the locals as Modimolle.
During the Second Boer War, the British operated a concentration camp in Nylstroom, where Boer women and children where interned as part of the British Scorched Earth policy. This subsequently led to the loss of 544 lives at the Nylstroom concentration camp.
The town is the commercial centre of the Waterberg Region and is famous for its export grapes and soft fruits such as peaches and watermelons. Other important products are cattle, game, peanuts and maize.
Attractions in and around Modimolle include:
– Koro Creek golf course just a walk away from the city.
– Nylsvley Conservancy is part of South Africa’s largest floodplain. These wetlands attract vast numbers of birds – in fact more birds come here than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere.
– Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm, is the largest commercial crocodile farm in southern hemisphere.
– Bambelela Wildlife Care Serendipity 4×4 Eco Trail is found just off the R101 between Naboomspruit and Modimolle.
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