Lephalale / Ellisras
Lephalale or Ellisras is a coal mining town immediately east of the Waterberg Coalfield. The town was established as Ellisras in 1960 and named after Patrick Ellis and Piet Erasmus who settled on a farm there in the 1930s.
In 2002, Ellisras was renamed Lephalale by the provincial government of Limpopo, after the main river that crosses the municipality. Lephalale is derived from the setswana language meaning “to flow”.
Situated on the Mokolo River (a tributary of the Limpopo) about 60 km from the Botswana border and the Stockpoort border post, this tranquil but prosperous Waterberg town offers excellent game-viewing opportunities. Lephalale is a hunting mecca and prime eco-tourism area drawing thousands of tourists each year.
Attractions in and around Lephalale include:
– The Bushveld Festival takes place in early July. The festival includes cattle shows, a game auction, horse jumping, dog shows, agricultural activities, a three-day 4×4 competition, a game farms expo, hunting opportunities, bird and tree identification competitions, traditional food, live music, a beer tent and huge camp fires.
– Situated 10 km from the town D’nyala Nature Reserve gets its name from the massive nyala tree that is characteristic of the area, and is also the southernmost habitat of the famous baobab tree. D’nyala boasts a diversity of game which includes some 65 mammal and 263 bird species.
– Mokolo Dam into which the Mokolo River flows, is fairly large and water enthusiasts, campers, anglers and birders all regard the reserve as a sanctuary, set as it is against the beautiful mountains. Mokolo Nature Reserve is true bush, offering open savannah and more dense bushveld to the animals that roam here.
– Wonderkop Nature Reserve covers ±16,100 hectares and also adjoins the Glen Alpine Dam.
– The 18 hole Mogol golf course winds through the Onverwacht neighbourhoods, providing green urban spaces. It is widely known for being an excellent winter course.
– The Matimba Power Station – the largest dry-cooled power station in the world – also put Lephalale on the map. Sightseeing trips to the station can be arranged.
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