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Naboomspruit has changed it's name to Mookgophong.
Mookgophong is considered the epitome of a South African "dorp".
It is a charming and thriving town at the foot of the Swaershoek Mountains surrounded by peaceful nature reserves and steaming hot springs. The mellow Bushveld climate and attractive resorts in the area attract many holidaymakers.
The settlement dates back to the late 1800s when it was an outspan area for the Pretoria-Polokwane mail coach. Although a village eventually developed round a railway station on the farm "Naboomspruit" ("naboom" being the Afrikaans name for the massive candelabra tree Euphorbia ingens growing in profusion on the banks of the nearby "spruit"), the town owes its growth to the discovery of minerals in the early 1900s.
The discovery of tin led to a "tin rush" in 1910 and turned this humble village into a pulsating boom town of speakeasies, tents, cabarets and trading stores. A later discovery of platinum added to the development. Tin and fluorspar are still mined here. It also has a thriving farming industry (cattle, maize, tobacco, groundnuts and citrus fruit).
Today 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. Rare rhinos form part of the Malatipark game collection. Angling in the Frikkie Geyser Dam is good.
There are exciting prospects for game and bird hunting. A number of private game ranches in the Mookgophong region provide excellent facilities for trophy hunting.
Activities and Attractions
Overlooking the town is the grave of the founder of Zebediela, the largest citrus estate in the world.
Nylsvley Nature Reserve
A scenic reserve 15 km southeast of the town on the banks of the Nyl River.
Named after a Ndebele chief, it is the largest citrus estate in the world.
This writer, philosopher, poet and physician spent several years in the Waterberg. He is world famous as the author of Soul of the White Ant and Burgers van die Berge, amongst others. Hiking trails and places of interest relate to his sojourn in the area.
Anglo Boer War Memorial
A memorial close to Boekenhout and Nylsvley Nature Reserve marks the site of a train derailment where several Boers died and were buried.
Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board
PO Box 1309, Polokwane, 0700, South Africa
Tel: (+27 15) 288-0099
Fax: (+27 15) 288-0094
Mookgophong Tourism Associaition
Private Bag X340, Mookgophong, 0560, South Africa
Tel: (+27 14) 743-1111
Fax: (+27 14) 743-1111