Mongatane Lodge

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Mongatane Lodge is a 3-star graded lodge situated in the Waterberg Region, approximately 10km outside of Thabazimbi, next to the Marakele Game Reserve. Mongatane Lodge is a very quiet and peaceful establishment comprising of 9 separate chalets with a swimming pool, licensed bar, braai (barbeque) areas, conference room and a sundown lookout point - from where you can acquaint yourself with the beautiful night sounds and starlit sky of the Waterberg Region.

About Thabazimbi: Thabazimbi is an iron mining town in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The town is situated at the feet of the Ysterberg and is surrounded by the Witfonteinrand and Boshofberg with the majestic Kransberg in the background. The name Thabazimbi means mountain of iron because of the large iron ore reef that was discovered in 1919 by J.H. Williams. The mine boasts one of the largest mining shafts in Africa. More than 2 million tons of ore are mined every year and hauled by train to Mittal's iron and steel works. The railway line from Rustenburg reached the area in the 1930s and full scale iron and steel production began. The town was proclaimed in 1953. Kumba Iron Ore, previously Kumba Resources, is now the principal operator of the iron ore mine.

The Marakele National Park about 20 km north-east of the town and situated in the heart of Waterberg Mountains characterised by contrasting mountain landscapes, hills and valleys, as well a variety of wildlife. Marakele National Park is also the home of some of the Tuli Elephants that were caught up in controversy in 1999 involving animal cruelty in South Africa.


Facilities
  • 9 fully equipped chalets
  • Swimming pool
  • Licensed bar
  • Braai (barbecue) areas
  • Conference room
  • Lookout point
  • Hunting safari's in area
  • Nearby game reserve, game drives

Directions

From Johannesburg (OR Tambo) International Airport

From Johannesburg International Airport, travel straight to Pretoria, then to Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) and then Tambazimbi. Driving on the R510 approaching Thambazimbi, you will pass a turn-off to Dwaalboom on the left and then further on, the turning to Ellisras which will also be on your left. After you have passed the turning for Ellisras, it is about 6km until your reach the turn-off road on your left hand side for the Lodge. Once you are travelling on this road, it is another 4km until you reach Mongatane Lodge.