Lephalale (Ellisras)

Lephalale, known until recently as Ellisras, lies on the Mogol River, at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountain Range. It is a popular venue for hunters, fishermen and hikers, but is also well known for its coal-mining-industry. The town was established in 1960 on the farm Waterkloof.

Adventure And Sport

D’Nyala Marathon: The challenging marathon attracts numerous athletes and is held annually in May.

Camping: The town is a well-known venue for camping, spectacular sunsets and stargazing.

Angling: Catch carp at Klipwerfdam amid lovely, serene surroundings.

Golf: The 18-hole golf course at the Mogol Sports Club in town is considered to be one of the top courses in the country.

Hiking: Several hiking trails explore the area, such as Spreeuwal, Hipolatie and trails within the D’Nyala Nature Reserve.

Hunting: A number of private game farms offer hunting opportunities based on a conservation-friendly hunting programme. Antelope species that can be hunted include kudu, tsessebe, gemsbok, impala and eland.

Archaeology And Palaeontology

San Rock Art: Several caves in the district contain prime examples of San rock art.

Entertainment And Shopping

Farm Holidays: Several farms offer visitors the chance to experience farming first hand. Work back to back with the farmer and learn where your food comes from.

Shows and Festivals: The annual agricultural show is usually held in May and, during the winter holidays, the town hosts the Bushveld Festival.

Fauna And Flora

D’Nyala Nature Reserve: The reserve, 8 281 ha of baobab-studded bushveld, lies some 13km south of Lephalale and is home to nyala (hence the name), waterbuck, blue wildebeest, hartebeest, kudu, tsessebe, impala, mountain reedbuck, white rhino, giraffe and Burchell’s zebra. A four-km trail meanders through the reserve and two hides offer spots from which to watch the animals and myriads of birds. The best time to visit is from April to September. The reserve is only open to conference delegates and day visitors.

Safaris: Most tourism activities in the area revolve around game-related actions, such as game-viewing, game auctions and safaris.

Other Attractions

Mining: Lephalale is known for its rich coalmines and 55% of the country’s coal can be found in the region. Iscor’s Grootegeluk coalmine is the largest coalmine in the country. The town also boasts the largest dry-cooled power station in the world, namely the Matimba Power Station.

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