The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


The town of Lephalale, in the Limpopo province, used to be known as Ellisras. It was renamed in 2002. The name 'Lephalale' comes from the Setswana word for 'to flow'.

Lephalale main activity is coal mining which has taken place in the area since the 1960's. The town is also home to the Matimba Power Station run by Eskom.

A wide variety of farming activity takes place in the surrounding area. This includes cattle, ostriches, goats, tobacco, wheat, maize, cotton, groundnuts and others.

Lephalale weather


Amazingly there are over 500 game farms nearby. In fact a number of farmers have switched from cattle to game.

Every year, in July, Lephalale hosts the bushveld festival.

References and further reading

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 279

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 129


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