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Afrikaans name: Phalaborwa

CBD area


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The town of Phalaborwa is most often associated with mining activity and iron and copper have been mined in the region since 400 A.D.

Today the mining has created the widest man-made hole in Africa. The open pit mine is almost 2 km wide.

Phalaborwa is also known for the surrounding private game reserves and being on the western border of the Kruger National Park.

Other tourist attractions include the Hans Merensky Golf Course and boat cruises on the Olifants River. Many of Mpumalanga and Limpopos tourist attractions can be reached with a few hours drive.

CBD area

Phalaborwa CBD

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 136

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 641 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 14

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 286

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 147

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 192

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 269

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 47

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 97

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 173

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