Visitors to Mokopane should not miss the opportunity of going on a guided tour of Makapan's Valley where extensive cultural and palaeontological deposits have played a crucial role in furthering our understanding of later human evolution and the appearance of modern man.
The Cave of Hearths is one of only two Stone Age sites in the world that contain an unbroken sequence of artefacts from the Earlier Stone Age to the Later Stone Age.
Thabazimbi, meaning 'mountain of iron' is the Tswana name for the town and refers to the highly lucrative iron ore reef first discovered here in 1919 and mined since the 1930s when iron and steel production started. 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.
Vaalwater is a small town situated on the Mokolo River in the Limpopo province of South Africa.t lies at the southern edge of the rugged Waterberg Massif, which is a biosphere that contains considerable biodiversity, including numerous large mammals including some of the "Big 5".
Hunting opportunities are particularly plentiful in the northern and north-western regions of the province which includes the Vaalwater region.
A stunning bushveld environment and multicultural community and history give Mokopane a unique character. The town and immediate surroundings boast fascinating ancient caves, the 'Big Five', San rock art, curios, typically bushveld food and drink such as biltong (dried meat) and mampoer (a traditional - and potent - African alcoholic beverage distilled from fruit), tropical gardens and traditional dancing.
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 is home to close on 20,000 people, offering excellent game-viewing opportunities and sports tourism, among other activities. The town was started on the farm known as Waterkloof in 1960 and was named after the original owners of the farm. Lephalale is a hunting mecca and prime eco-tourism area drawing thousands of tourists each year.
Thomas Baines, well-known explorer, naturalist and painter, tells a fascinating story of how the Nyl River received its name. Known to the locals as Mokgalakwena ('fierce crocodile'), the north-flowing river was mistakenly believed to be the Nile by a group of Voortrekkers known as the Jerusalemgangers ('Jerusalem Travellers'), who arrived here in 1886.
The name of the Springbok Flats is a poignant reminder of the great herds that once populated the plain. The area was also frequented by lions. Right up until the 1930s, an occasional beast still hunted the thornbush, and stories were told of early travellers who vanished without a trace.