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Around this time Lithuanian Jews who were looking for new economic opportunities, started to arrive in Oudtshoorn to take part in the ostrich boom. They opened businesses, trading in the valuable commodity and good relations were established between the Afrikaans speaking farmers and the Jewish immigrants.
The main reason for Oudtshoorn’s quick fortune can be summed up in the unlikely form of the ostrich.
The huge flightless bird, indigenous to Africa, and ideally suited to the Karoo’s dry environment, produced magnificent feathers that had become extremely popular as high fashion accessories in Britian and Europe, especially when feather trimming for hats and boas.
Need to be in Phalaborwa for business? Want to visit Phalaborwa during your next holiday? You are in luck as you have a lovely variety of accommodation establishments to choose from!
In Phalaborwa town you will find accommodation in the quiet residential areas or on the edge of town in a more bush-like setting. Wherever you stay in town you are never more than 10 minutes away from the Kruger National Park! The town is safe and clean and the accommodations match that feeling.
Province : Limpopo Province
District Municipality : Mopani District
Population : 150,637
Households : 41,115
Major Towns : Phalaborwa, Lulekani, Namakgale, Gravelotte
Rural areas : Mashishimale, Majenje, Makushane, Ga-Maseke
Geographic Area : 7462 km2
Mayor : Pule Shayi PJ
Languages : Sotho, Pedi, Tsonga, Afrikaans, English
Established : 1957
Famous Phalaborwian : Dale Steyn-South African National cricketer
South Africans think it’s at the end of the road and international tourists wonder how to pronounce it! Phalaborwa (pronounced as Palaborwa) is indeed situated at the end of a road; the R71 in the Limpopo Province. The road leads straight into Kruger National Park.
Phalaborwa is the only town in South Africa that is situated directly on the border of the iconic wildlife reserve. Where else in the world can you come across a hippo wondering the streets at night, have warthogs graze on the side of the road and hear lions roar while you enjoy dinner in a local restaurant?