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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Mokopane

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 suc...


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Phalaborwa

Gateway to the Kruger National Park and Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Dubbed the 'town of two summers' because it never really gets cold in this subtropical town of mild winters and warm summers, Phalaborwa enjoys average day temperatures of 23°C...


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Polokwane

History of Polokwane in the 1840s: The Voortrekkers, under the leadership of Andries Potgieter, established Zoutpansbergdorp, a town 100 km to the south-east. This settlement had to be abandoned because of clashes with the local tribes. They founded ...


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Springbok Flats

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 t...


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Thabazimbi

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 an...


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The Cave of Hearths

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 appe...


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The Soutpansberg

The Soutpansberg, South Africa's northernmost mountain range, takes its name from the salt pans that lie at its base near the western end. These pans have supplied communities with salt from prehistoric times to today. The mountains stretch east to w...


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Thulamela

The discovery of the stone citadel of Thulamela, which means ‘place of birth’ in the VhaVenda language, is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in South Africa. Lying west of Pafuri, Thulamela was a stone-walled city atop a ...


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Vaalwater

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 ...


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