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City Phalaborwa

Phalaborwa is located in the north-eastern part of South Africa in the Limpopo province. You will find that Phalaborwa is also called Ba-Phalaborwa. It is part of the Mopane district and is one of the gateways to the world famous Kruger National Park. It is also an ideal place for transit to the border of Mozambique parks, which are located 2 hours' drive away.

2000 years ago there was a volcanic eruption causing all sorts of minerals and metals lying bare from the earth like; copper, gold, iron, and zirconium. As a result, you will find lots of clay ovens in this area where the recovered metals were melted down. To this day it is still a thriving mining town and the mine has now become a unique tourist attraction.

Phalaborwa is the name given by the Sotho tribe (that came from the south) which means "Better than the South" and it is a place with a wonderful climate, where it never really gets cold and where winters are mild and summers are hot. Phalaborwa is a place surrounded by game farms and lodges. Here, where the Selati and the Olifants River meet there are game reserves and wildlife, never more than half an hour drive away. It is an indescribable wonderful place for unforgettable memories, in short, an ideal location for exploring the beautiful game reserves and Lowveld.

To see wildlife there are several possibilities. Go out at sunrise or at sunset. Take a very popular bush braai or go on a boat safari on the Olifants River, where you glide peacefully over the water and the animals passing by.

Day trips that you can take from here is to; Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels, God's Window and the Bourke's Luck Potholes. Different fruit farms in Tzaneen and Hoedspruit game farms are well worth a visit.

The Hans Merensky Golf Estate is situated on the outskirts of the village and the golf enthusiast can certainly not miss a round here!

Game Reserves you can visit are the Balule Game Reserve, where you can see the Big 5, the Hans Merensky Game Reserve, of course, the Kruger National Park, the Letaba Game Reserve situated in Greater Kruger Park, where the river houses numerous crocodiles and hippos and many others, most of which are just 1 hour drive away.

Visit the Blyde Olifants Conservancy, a private initiative of game farms in the Lowveld between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. Phalaborwa has an airport from which you can fly, you can also take small aircraft / helicopter to see this beautiful world from a different perspective. There are 4x4 trails or mountain bike trails that you can follow, go abseiling and rock climbing, fishing or take a large rubber tube on the river.

Those interested in arts and crafts will not miss out in Limpopo which is known for its cultural richness, where a visit on a cultural village to learn more about the lifestyle of the Limpopo people should not be missed.

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