Lephalale (previously Ellisras), Limpopo, South Africa


Lephalale (previously Ellisras) is a coal mining town in Limpopo. The name Ellisras originated from the surnames of Patric Ellis and Piet Erasmus who moved to Waterkloof farm in the 1930's. As the farm grew, a railway stop was created and from there churches, schools and shops were formed for the community.

Lephalale lies near the Waterberg range and it contains Matimba, the biggest dry-cooled power station. Lephalale truly is a place of natural beauty with its wonderful sunsets, nocturnal sounds, lovely birdsongs, wildlife and a moderate climate.

Some of the activities and attractions include wildlife and bird viewing at D'Nyla Nature Reserve, hiking trails, hunting courses and amazing San rock art.