Thabazimbi, Limpopo, South Africa

Thabazimbi, Limpopo, South Africa.

Thabazimbi means 'Mountain of Iron' in Tswane and is an iron mining town in the Limpopo province. The name is due to the large iron ore reef that was discovered by J.H. Williams in 1919.

The mine features one of the largest mining shafts in Africa and more than 2 million tons of ore is mined every year. The iron ore has been situated in this region for centuries, and was first mined by the Sotho tribes and then by Iscor.

The government bought the ore body and production of the newly established Iscor. Iscor laid out the town of Thabazimbi in 1953 to provide accommodation for its employees. Later, the Ben Alberts Nature Reserve was established as a recreational facility.

In 2003 Thabazimbi made headlines as the site of Kamp Staaldraad (Camp Barb Wire), the controversial training camp for the Springboks, South Africa's national rugby team.

Thabazimbi is also situated conveniently close to the Marakale National Park, which is located about 20 kilometres north-east of the town in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains. The spectacular Marakele National Park is characterized by sprawling mountainous landscapes, rolling hills and valleys, and an abundance of wildlife.

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