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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Limpopo towns


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

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 279


Tom Burke

Tom Burke is a tiny village that is situated near the Botswana border in Limpopo province.

Although there is not much on offer in Tom Burke it is surrounded by many game farms and safari lodges. The unspoilt bush in the surrounding areas is the major drawcard.

Tom Burke weather


There are not too many towns that offer a quiet relaxing environment but Tom Burke is one of them. Enjoy the tranquility or take a game drive and experience nature.

Tom Burke experiences hot summers and warm winters but winter nights can get pretty chilly.

References and further reading

go! - Issue 147 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 48

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 53


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