Discover the essence of Phalaborwa a Town of two Summers
Phalaborwa means "Better than the South", the area is characterized by unspoiled scenery and serves as its marketing slogan implies, as a central " Gateway to Game and Golf".
Tourism in the region is a booming industry and Phalaborwa with its temperate climate serves as a central tourism centre for the area.
Phalaborwa borders the Kruger National Park, with the central business district only two minutes away from the Phalaborwa Gate to the Kruger National Park.
From this gate well-trained park rangers provide hiking tours, guided night drives on open vehicles, barbeques in open bush and sparkling wine breakfasts. Since the Phalaborwa Gate was officially opened in 1961, it has served as a most convenient entry point to the Northern and Southern areas of Kruger National Park and today approximately 200 000 visitors pass through these gates annually.
Apart from the Kruger National Park, a number of up market and very sought-after game farms and lodges, specializing in individual attention and Big Five sightings, surround Greater Phalaborwa.
For the more budget conscious tourist, there are also a number of smaller game farms in the area that provide self catering accommodation, as well as abundant game and bird life.
The famous Hans Merensky Country Estate and Hotel, is best known for its notorious golf course, where playing golf amongst giraffe, impala, warthog and monkey are an everyday occurrence.
Early morning golfers have been known to encounter wild dogs, cheetah and lion, as well as elephants and hippos.
The Olifants River flows on the southern border of the area and numerous game farms are situated on its banks. A number of different safari operators offer river cruises,
with some beautiful scenic views and exciting wildlife sightings.
Greater Phalaborwa is used by many tourists as a base for day trips to the Blyder River Canyon, where spectacular waterfalls, dams and view sights can be visited The Modjaji Rain Queen and Cycad forest, as well as numerous other tribal villages and historical sites,
are popular features for tourist to the area.
Greater Phalaborwa owes its existence to the Ba-Phalaborwa Tribe that started mining metals in the area hundreds of years ago. International interest in the 1950's resulted in the establishment of large-scale mining operations in the area.
The original Ba-Phalaborwa Tribe, still live in the Greater Phalaborwa area, with many of their traditions and much of the original way of life still intact.
Cultural tours are becoming increasingly popular and a number of tour operators in the area offer visitors a unique glimpse of different cultures, including experiences such as a traditional reading by a Sangoma, the opportunity to taste Mopani worms and drink traditional Maroela beer, as well as tradition tribal dace and music performances.
Most sport and recreation types can be enjoyed in the area and the town offers all the modern conveniences that tourist require. Accommodation is provided in the from of luxury hotels, self catering cottages, guesthouses, affordable bed and breakfast establishments, backpackers accommodation, camping and caravan sites.