Excursions

Thabaphaswa arranges visits to a number of tourist attractions and experiences around Mokopane and Polokwane.

Our visitors can visit:

  • Makapans Valley World Heritage Site;

  • Mashashane rural village where Moses and Johanna Chidi lives. It is a rural town about 16km from Thabaphaswa.

     
    Most of our workers come from Mashashane and to contribute to the upliftment of a poor community, Thabaphaswa arrange tours to Moses and Johanna's homestead.
     
    Our visitors ensure that the family receives a welcome income from the traditional lunch and dinner and woodcarvings done by Moses. His twin daughters prepare the food that is offered at the dinners and lunches.
     
    Our guests are especially fond of the tours as they are received by a true family who are not used as a tourist trap, only to make money from unsuspecting tourists. The food are mainly what Moses and his family eat, but they also prepare more traditional dishes such as mopani worms and marogo for the more adventurous.
     
    From Moses' house, some of the most exhillirating views of an African sunset can be enjoyed and there are always lots of children who are willing to test their soccer ability against visitors or have their photos taken.
     
    Moses is a good storyteller who likes to illustrate their traditions and shows a place where the forefathers are honoured.
     
    We receive a monthly group of overlanders from abroad who attend the lunches or dinners and it usually becomes a late night feast of fun.
     
    Overlanders or foreign tourists are welcome to contact us
White Lions

One of our neighbours, Mike Fuchs, owns a game farm bordering Thabaphaswa and at night, one can hear the roar of the white lions, which he farms with.

Visitors will often see some of the game when thay drive up to Thabaphaswa.

Tours can be arranged to view the white lions, but, as this is dependent on Mr Fuchs' goodwill, it is done only by exception when it can be arranged. A special experience is when there are cubs, and guests may occasionally be allowed to play with them, although it often ends with ripped trousers and scratched legs for which we or the game farm accepts no responsibility.

Excursions to nearby Nature Reserves:

There are two provincial nature reserves in close proximity of Thabaphaswa:

  •  The Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve is one of the oldest reserves in Limpopo. It is characterised by the biodiversity of the Polokwane Plateau Bushveld and has special historical and archaelogical attributes. This reserve can potentialy play a significant role to maintain and distribute genetically pure populations of the original Transvaal Roan Antelope and disease-free Cape Buffalo.

  • The Witvinger Nature Reserve is a pristine and mountainous wilderness area of 4500 hectares. It encompasses the biodiversity of the Makhado Sweet Bushveld, the Mamobolo Mountain Bushveld and the Polokwane Plateau Bushveld. It also has important historical and archaelogical features such as bushmen paintings.

Other tourist attractions in the area are:

Arend Dieperink Museum:

The Arend Dieperink Museum which houses a valuable cultural historical collection of Sotho and Voortrekker artefacts.

The museum is housed in a graceful stone building originally built as a school. The museum portrays the history of the town and surroundings from the time of the ape-men at Makapan’s Cave, through to the Anglo Boer War and recent times. Mampoer and fresh bread are available on request.

Polokwane:

Bakone Malapa Open Air Museum 9km South of Polokwane on the R37 Lebowakgomo road; 

Video of sleigh at Bakone Malapa

Eersteling Monuments:

In 1871, gold was discovered at Eersteling, and soon the small town was flooded with gold diggers. Prospectors came from far and wide to take advantage of the discovery. Eersteling also played a significant part in history, at the siege of Marabastad on 17 March 1881. The Boers brought in two old boats, with obsolete guns, and used handmade ammunition.The round shot ammunition was handcrafted from beaten iron that came from the Eersteling Mining Company.

Photos of our tours and attractions