Heartbeat of the Bushveld
Lephalale, previously known as Ellisras, is a small coal mining town lying alongside the Mokolo Rivier in the wonderfully scenic Waterberg region of Limpopo.
The Waterberg Savannah Biosphere with indigenous plants, Big Five game animals and hot springs is a real treasure trove. This region has not been fully discovered and spans a vast area of 15 000 square km.
The region is famous among hunters and is also known for excellent fishing in the nearby Molkol Dam. Visitors are most likely to catch sight of most of the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino) here and thanks to the mild winter months and moderate summer evenings, Lephalale is a popular venue for camping and stargazing.
Lephalale is a small, peaceful and tranquil but prosperous town, just 60 km from the Botswana border point of Stockport in a malaria free zone. The main tourist attraction in the area is the D’Nyala Game Reserve which is ideal for hiking, picnics and bird watching. There are two excellent hides for game viewing.
There is a variety of accommodation options other than camping such as Hotels, B&B’s and Guesthouses.
Things to do and see
- D’Nyala Nature Reserve
- Mokolo Dam
- Beadle Craft Workshop & Shop
- The Waterberg Meander
- Heritage Route
- Marula Route
- Grootwater 4X4 Trail
- Melkrivier 4X4 Trail, Vaalwater
- Jan Botha Museum, Vaalwater
- Mogol Golf Course
- Lephalale Mall
Lephalale receives approximately 437 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 4˚C and 26˚C.
There are daily flights into Polokwane International Airport approximately 223 Km away via the R518. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Ellisras was founded on the farm Waterkloof as recently as 1960 and named after the original farm owners, Patrick Ellis and Piet Erasmus. In 2002, Ellisras was renamed Lephalale by the provincial government of Limpopo, after the main river that crosses the municipality.
Lephalale is also known for its coal mining industry, a significant contributor to the economy of this town in Limpopo. The Kumba Grootgeluk open-cast mine (the largest of its kind in South Africa) provides high quality coal to ISCOR in Tshwane.
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