Ellisras (Lephalale), Limpopo Province, South Africa
The unique wilderness in this area is world renowned. Clear rivers offer perfect angling possibilities, for example along the famous Fish Eagle Route. Golf championships are another factor that draw guests to Lephalale, also known as Ellisras.
Lephalale, also knows as Ellisras in the Limpopo Province is located on the Mokolo River, a tributary of the Limpopo River. It is a small but prosperous town just 60km (37 miles) from the Botswana border point of Stockport.
Lephalale (Ellisras), a Limpopo Town, is situated in the Waterberg area, a wonderfully scenic area and Biosphere. This unique Limpopo wilderness area has a harsh beauty with beautiful vistas, crystal clear streams, mountain gorges and rolling bushveld. Ellisras (Lephahale) lies conveniently in a malaria free zone.
The Waterberg Biosphere with indigenous plants, Big Five game animals and hot springs is a real treasure trove. This region has not been fully discovered and spans a vast area of 15 000 square km. Visitors come to this town in Limpopo to get away from the madding crowd and savour the magnificent sunsets and peaceful atmosphere.
Lephalale is only 280km (175 miles) from Pretoria and although quite a young town, established in 1960, has evolved into an South African Eco-tourist destination of note. This Limpopo Town is also a great destination for camping and hunting enthusiasts.
Ellisras (Lephalale) forms part of the renowned Waterberg Savannah Biosphere. The climate in here in the Waterberg is ideal for year round holidays with mild winters and moderate summer evenings in a malaria free holiday destination. There is an abundance of wild game and game farms in the area.
Lephalale is also known for its coal mining industry, a significant contributor to the economy of this town in Limpopo. The Kumba Grootgeluk open-cast mine (the largest of its kind in South Africa) provides high quality coal to ISCOR in Tshwane. The world's largest dry-cooled power station is also located here the Matimba Power Station.
Visitors to this Limpopo town can explore the nearby D'Nyala Nature Reserve which is ideal for hiking; picnics and bird watching. There are two excellent hides for game viewing. Animals that can be seen here include Waterbuck, White Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Nyala and associated predators residing here include Leopard, Brown Hyena and smaller cat species.
Golf enthusiasts will find a championship 18-hole golf course in Ellisras. This is the place to be during the first week of July, every year, for the Marula Amateur Golf Tournament and related festivities. Anglers can enjoy the Mokolo Dam and link up on the unique Fish Eagle Route in Limpopo.
Interesting self-drive routes around the Limpopo town of Lephalale include:
1. Waterberg Route following the R33 highlights include; D'Nyala Nature Reserve and the Waterberg Biosphere.
2. Mokolo Route following the R33 and R510 highlights include; the Mokolo River and Dam, Game Parks, Waterberg Biosphere, Kudu Canyon.
3. Marula Route following the R510 highlights include; Marakele National Park, Matimba Power Station, Kumba Grootegeluk Mine.
4. Limpopo Route following the R572 highlights include; Baobab Trees, bird watching, The Limpopo River which passes 4 border posts.
5. Heritage Route following the R561 and R518 highlights include; unique rural villages and cultural experiences, Museums in Melkrivier, Big Five game and Mama Tau White Lions.