Marken and surroundings
The Waterberg region, situated in the northern part of South Africa, was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Being the northernmost province in the country, Limpopo is known for its year-round warm African sunshine, wide open spaces and magnificent Baobab trees. Seventy percent of the Kruger National Park lies within its provincial boundary. The popular Waterberg area is rich in mineral deposits and boasts ancient history, culture and Big Five game lodges. Maize and sunflower plantations, savannah bushveld and nature reserves cover the landscape.
A stunning bushveld environment- and a multicultural community and history give Mogalakwena (the local municipatality) its unique character. The area boasts fascinating ancient caves, the Big Five, San rock art, curios, traditional bushveld food and drinks such as biltong (dried meat) and mampoer (moonshine drink), tropical gardens and traditional dancing.
The area is also rich in minerals, platinum, diamonds and granite. In the adjacent rural area of Mahwereleng, traditional lifestyles are still maintained. Mokopane offers a wonderful selection of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, camping and 4×4 trails, to birding, angling and game viewing.
Just three hours from Gauteng, Marken provides the perfect getaway destination and the ideal stop-over for travellers en-route to Botswana, Zimbabwe and the Kruger National Park.
Lephalale [le-pæ-la:-le] previously Ellisras, is a municipal area aptly renamed in Sesotho to Lephalale which means “to flow”. Lephalale is a fast-growing town on the banks of the Mogol River and is the last stopover for safaris en- route to Botswana and the Okavango Delta. Lephalale has one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world and provides fuel for Matimba, one of the biggest air-cooled electrical power plants in the world. And the best part of it all is it’s a malaria-free area.
Developed as the local mine’s golf course, the Mogol Golf Course offers a very demanding 6077 meter, 18 hole, Par 72 challenge and is listed as one of the top 100 courses in South Africa. This magnificent course is widely known for being an excellent Winter course and is infamous for its monstrously big Marula trees (better known as sky bunkers). It winds through the Onverwacht suburb and demands accuracy and precision.
Situated in the heart of the Waterberg, approximately 50 km south of Lephalale, the Mokolo dam is a bird and fishing paradise. It is well suited for watersport enthusiasts, campers and day visitors. Picnic areas are available for day visitors.
Sights seeing Tours
Tours of the area, as well as the rest of South Africa, can be arranged on request in association with Madikela Tours. Arrangements can be made with Rudolf Badenhorst: 083 327 8666 / Rudolf@madikelatours.co.za (www.madikelatours.com )
Shelanti Game Ranch & Spa
Only a 30-minute drive from Ehlathini Game Lodge, Shelanti Game Ranch features the Wild Fig Spa with steam room and Roman bath. You can choose from their gracious list of natural treatments uniquely created to relax, revitalize and uplift your body and mind. Also available are game drives and romantic Pride Rock dinners. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildlife is particularly abundant in this region and visitors are likely to see most of the Big Five. The region is world famous among hunters! Hunting both bow and rifle can be arranged.