Places to visit

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. , , With the arrival of the white hunter and trekboer with his voracious domesticated flocks and herds in the 19th century, however, followed by the commercial farmer with his demands for land and water early in the 20th century, the nature of the flats changed permanently as the habitat of the springbuck was put to agricultural use., , Slowly the open grasslands were either cultivated or invaded by acacia species, resulting in the thornbush which is seen here today. These days much of the plains is carpeted with fields of maize, cotton, sorghum and sunflowers, but the natural paradise is slowly being restored by conservationists through the restocking of game at various private reserves in the area. , , The flats lie north of the Pienaars River where it crosses the N1 from Tshwane to Polokwane, and stretch westwards up to Bela-Bela and Modimolle and north-west as far as Mokopane. Eastwards the flats incorporate the villages of Crecy, Roedtan, Marolong, Nutfield, Tuinplaas and Settlers that serve the farming communities thriving on the rich peat soil of the area. The Nylsvley Nature Reserve and wetlands also form part of the Springbok Flats.

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Alldays

Alldays is a small town that holds a distinct rural charm. Alldays and the villages of Vivo and Dendron serve an extensive area of private game and hunting farms. Prolific game - including the 'Big Five' - excellent accommodation and good hunting fac...


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Haernertsburg

Known as the capital of the 'land of the silver mist' after T.V. Bulpin's famous book on the area, the picturesque village of Haenertsburg in the Magoebaskloof mountains is perched on the slopes of the Wolkberg and Drakensberg, offering tourists a wo...


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Hoedspruit

Bordering on the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit lies in the heart of the central Lowveld and is conveniently situated to explore the many game lodges, game reserves and other attractions in the vicinity. Here towering cliffs meet endless expanses o...


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Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve

On the 20th of September 2001, the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Reserve was registered in Paris by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). K2C is recognised under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. ...


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Lake Fundudzi & Thathe Vondo Forest

Lake Funduzi is a magical place that is steeped in Venda mythology and legend. Its condition changes seasonally, but it is always worth the visit from a cultural perspective. From Lake Funduzi you will drive along the very top of the Soutpansberg. Th...


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Lephalale

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 opportunitie...


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Louis Trichardt

Louis Trichardt is a town situated at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountain range in Limpopo. It was developed from the Voortrekker settlement in the area and named after the leader Louis Trichardt, who moved away from British rule in the Cape and ar...


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Modimolle

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 ...


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Modjadji Nature Reserve

The 530-ha Modjadji Nature Reserve, situated in the Bolobedu district of Lebowa north-east of Duiwelskloof, boasts  one of the most fascinating population of plants seen in Southern Africa. Once the main diet of the prehistoric mammal-like repti...


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Modjadjikloof

Modjadjikloof lies in an unhurried fertile area of exquisite beauty at the entrance to the Lowveld and is a pretty village with panoramic vistas on to the surrounding Wolkberg Mountains. As green and lush as Tzaneen, its former name Duiwelskloof ('de...


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