Mookgophong, also known by its former name, Naboomspruit, was established in 1910 when tin was discovered here. Later, platinum was also discovered in the vicinity.
Naboomspruit was originally named for the profusion of euphorbia trees (known in Afrikaans as naboom) growing on the banks of a nearby stream (spruit, in Afrikaans). The town was officially renamed Mookgophong in 2006.
It is situated at the foot of the Swaershoek Mountains and surrounded by nature reserves and steaming hot springs. The mellow Bushveld climate and attractive resorts in the area attract many holidaymakers.
Mookgophong is an attractive town with its clean tree-lined streets, while retaining the distinctive charm and atmosphere of being steeped in history. Apart from the numerous holiday resorts that have developed around its hot springs, the area offers something for everybody.
There are numerous trails and opportunities for leisurely walks and hiking tours where lovers of the outdoors can enjoy the unique Bushveld flora of the beautiful Waterberg. Various interesting motor routes can also be followed to explore this exciting district.
Mookgophong boasts a rich variety of game and birds. Nylsvley, close by, is known for its water birds.