The town of Phalaborwa is situated less than 2km from Kruger National Park. One of the country's youngest towns and one where the distinction between summer and winter is hardly noticeable. The average maximum temperature in summer is only 5 degrees higher than in winter.

The mining of phosphates, copper, vermiculite and iron forms the economic base of the town. The ore from which these minerals are extracted, is concentrated in a huge and very rich pipe.

There is evidence in the form of clay smelting ovens and ornamental treasures, that centuries ago Sotho tribes settled in the area and mined copper and iron from 400 AD already.
  • Phalaborwa
  • Phalaborwa
  • Phalaborwa

Phalaborwa Activities:

Foskor Development Trust:
An entrepreneural training center for crafts created by the community. Woven carpets, pottery, woodcarvings, sheet metal work, screen printed fabrics and other articles are offered. Crafters can be viewed practising their trade and selling their waredirect to the public.

Foskor Mine Museum:
A highly informative museum providing a historical perspective on mining and ancestral tribes of the area.

The Hans Merensky Country Club features one of the country's highest rated courses. An unique African experiece as the two major annual golf tournaments are often visited by wildlife.

Horse Riding:
Experiece an African sunrise on the back of a horse.

Kruger National Park:
Phalaborwa is the only town offering night drives into the Park. Lion feeds are among the awe-inspiring sites that could be in store for those on the night drives.

Microlight Flips:
The magic of the Bushveld is perhaps best seen from the seat of a miscrolight.

Mine tours:
Take a trip down to the economic wellspring of Phalaborwa. Booking is essential for these popular tours taking place every Friday at 9am.

Olifants River Sunset Cruises:
Take a dreamy, meandering trip down the Olifants. See the course of an ancient river and venture through its distinctly African environment.

Open Cast Mine:
Few will be left unimpressed by this excavation of endeavour. At almost 2km wide, it is considered the widest man-made hole in Africa.


Find accommodation near the following hospital(s) in Phalaborwa:

Clinix Phalaborwa Private Hospital
Tel: (015) 101 3000

Maphutha Malatji Hospital
Tel: 015 769 1520/4

Phalaborwa Map: