Thabazimbi is situated at the feet of the Ysterberg and is surrounded by the Witfonteinrand and Boshofberg with the majestic Kransberg in the background.
The name Thabazimbi means mountain of iron because of the large iron ore reef that was discovered in 1919 by J.H. Williams. The mine boasts one of the largest mining shafts in Africa. The town was proclaimed in 1953 and today the ISCOR Steelworks in Tshwane still draw much of their raw material from Thabazimbi.
Thabazimbi is also good farming country, particularly for cattle-ranching and game-farming. Nature and eco-tourism activities are equally important and the region is fast becoming a well-known and popular destination for nature-lovers.
Attractions in and around Thabazimbi include:
– The Marakele National Park about 20 km north-east of the town. Situated in the heart of Waterberg Mountains it is characterized by contrasting mountain landscapes, hills and valleys, as well a variety of wildlife.
Marakele National Park is also the home of some of the Tuli Elephants that were caught up in controversy in 1999 involving animal cruelty in South Africa.
– Over 100 bird species are found in the area and these can be seen in the typical bushveld flora.
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