In the 'hood, Phalaborwa as a destination

That Phalaborwa never gets cold is something of a euphemism to describe the intense heat that can grip the modern, copper mining town, situated just 3 kilometres from the Kruger National Park, during summer in particular. It does render the town of Phalaborwa a great place to stay during winter, however, and many tourists take advantage of the warm temperature for a winter sojourn, ... cont.

Lodge 311, Hans Merensky Estate, Phalaborwa, Valley of the Olifants, Limpopo, South Africa

Directions to Kokobela Lodge

from Johannesburg
Via the Panorama Route - 500 Km Approx 5 hours.
Take the N12 to Witbank and follow the N4 to Belfast. At the end of the highway go left to Belfast. In Belfast take the R540 via Dullstroom to Lydenburg.In Lydenburg you can follow the green signs R37 to Orighstad / Graskop and Phalaborwa. This will lead you to the R36 to Orighstad via the Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strydom tunnel. About 15 Km after the Strydom tunnel take the R36 turn to Tzaneen. (watch out for potholes on the road)
After 10 Km take the R526 to Phalaborwa / Mica, then on the R40 to Mica turn left to Phalaborwa. Follow this road to the end, then go right on the R71 to Phalaborwa.

Direct route from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa
(550 Km Approx 5 hours)
Take the N1 to Pretoria / Polokwane - this road can be extremely busy in the morning! From Polokwane take the R71 to Magoebaskloof and Tzaneen.
Then follow the R71 via Gravelotte to Phalaborwa. The Golf Course lies in Club Road, Phalaborwa.

Once in Phalaborwa:
Follow the signs to the main entrance to the Kruger Park. About 2kms before getting to the Park gate you will see a petrol station on the right and opposite you a Spar supermarket. At those lights turn right, follow the road and signs for Hans Merensky Golf in the Wild.

You will go through a 4-way Stop and, at the following 4-way Stop, turn left and about 1km down the road you will see the main gates to the Hans Merensky Golf Estate.

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Amenities in the area

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  • Airport (5 km)
  • Bank and/or ATM (5 km)
  • Bars and/or Nightlife (5 km)
  • Car Hire (5 km)
  • Foreign Exchange (5 km)
  • Grocery Store (5 km)
  • Internet Café (5 km)
  • Post Office (5 km)
  • Shopping Mall (5 km)


  • Bird watching
  • Children's entertainment
  • Cultural experiences
  • Driving range
  • Game viewing
  • Game viewing (big 5)
  • Golf course(s)
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa / massage
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • River cruises
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court(s)

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