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Mookgophong is a charming and thriving town at the foot of the Swaershoek Mountains encircled by peaceful nature reserves and steaming hot springs. The Bushveld climate and attractive resorts in the area attract holidaymakers all year round.
Mookgophong (previously known as Naboomspruit) dates back to the late 1800's when it was a rest station for the Pretoria-Polokwane mail coach. Although the little village eventually developed around the railway station on the farm Naboomspruit, Mookgophong owes its growth largely to the discovery of minerals in the area in the early 1900's. The discovery of tin led to a "tin rush" in 1910 and turned this little village into a boom town of restaurants, cabarets and trading stores. The discovery of platinum in later years added to the towns expansion. To this day, tin and fluorspar are still mined in Mookgophong.
Today Mookgophong is an attractive town with tree lined streets with an atmosphere of being steeped in history. There are numerous holiday resorts that have developed around its hot springs as well as hiking trails and visitors to the region enjoy the unique Bushveld flora of the Waterberg District.
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Euphoria golf course is a unique blend of bushveld golf with wide, undulating fairways, wild grasses and deep bunkers which gives it a links like feel on many of the holes. Aptly named Euphoria - the idyllic state of well being - the course nestles in the foothills of the Waterberg Mountain Range 10 kilometers from ... more information
Lapalala Game Reserve, today one of the largest private game reserves in South Africa, was established to safeguard a unique eco-system with 77 kilometres of the Palala River at its heart. This provided the ideal site for the breeding of endangered species such as the roan antelope and the black rhino ... more information
Spread over more than 12 000 hectares of softly rolling hills, the malaria-free Mabalingwe Game reserve is host to the big 5, and also hippo, giraffe, hyena and sable to name but a few of the 36 species of wildlife. For the bird lovers there are more than 220 bird species that have been spotted here ... more information
The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains has become a 'place of sanctuary' for a vast variety of wildlife mainly due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moist eastern regions of South Africa. The Marakele National Park is characterised by ... more information
Mokopane is situated just over two hours from Pretoria and little over 40 minutes from Polokwane. The Biodiversity Centre here is committed to breeding, conservation and research with the aim of preserving precious species from all around the world. The facility is also dedicated to education and ... more information
The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is situated in the upper reaches of the Nyl River near the town of Naboomspruit in Limpopo, and includes part of the largest floodplain vlei in the country. The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is well known for its exceptional avifaunal diversity, with 370 species recorded, of which... more information
Shakama is a privately owned game farm in the southern range of the Waterberg. The Shakama farm covers 640 hectares of natural landscape and lies in the centre of over 10 000 hectares of bushveld ranches. The owners have embarked on a programme, based on and ecological study, to breed a number ... more information
Set in the foothills of the Waterberg, Tilodi Wilderness is a private game reserve that promises an unspoilt bushveld experience against the backdrop of undulating hills, wetlands and seasonal rivers, just two hours from OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton ... more information
Situated in the magnificent Waterberg Mountain Range of Limpopo, the Waterberg District is the ideal getaway where the weary traveller can relax and revel in the great natural beauty of the bushveld savannah and its rich wildlife heritage. The Waterberg Mountains stretch along more than 5 000 km² of... more information
The Malaria free Welgevonden Game Reserve is situated just 2.5 hours north of Pretoria. Welgevonden Game Reserve is a declared Heritage Site of 33000 hectares and borders the Marekele National Park, situated in the breathtaking Waterberg Biosphere. A true bushveld environment is home to some of ... more information
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