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About Phalaborwa


Phalaborwa is a town situated in the Mopani District MunicipalityLimpopo province, South Africa. It is located near the confluence of the Ga-Selati River and the Olifants, halfway up along the eastern border of the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld.


The entrance sign to Phalaborwa
The entrance sign to Phalaborwa


The name "Ba-Phalaborwa", given to the area by the Sotho tribes who moved here from the south, means better than the south. The Sotho mined and smelted copper and iron ore here as far back as 400 AD. Masorini, near Phalaborwa gate, is a reconstructed Ba-Phalaborwa hill village, with huts, grain storage areas, and an iron, smelting site.

Surrounding townships

There are two townships, Namakgale and Lulekani where the Pedi and Tsonga reside, and rural areas such as Mashishimale, Makushane and Ga-Maseke.


Originally a mining town and still home to the Palabora Mining Company, the massive open cast mine is Africa's widest man-made hole at almost 2,000 meters wide


Tourism and wildlife play a dominant role in the life of this town. It is the only town in South Africa that borders the  Kruger National Park   Kruger National Park Tours ) , the Mozambiquan border is only two hours drive away. Lately, with the incorporation of various private game reserves into the conservancy area, Phalaborwa is all but enclaved by nature conservancies. The  Hans Merensky Golf Estate ( Hans Merensky Golf Estate Rentals and sales )  is situated on the skirts of the town.

Nearby natural attractions are  Blyde River Canyon , the Rondavels, and Bourke Luck’s Potholes; theTzaneen fruit farms and Hoedspruit game farms can all be visited within a day.


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