|The main reason for the establishment of the town was the discovery
of phenomenally lucrative iron ore reefs in the area. Hence the
name of the town -Thabazimbi - mountain of iron.
As the mine's activities increased a town developed. 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.
These rugged mountains looming from bush-covered plains are the
spectacular setting for the mine and the town that has grown around
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 Iscors iron and steel works.
Cattle ranching are the other predominant economic activity of
this peaceful town.
Game farming has also developed into an important local industry.
The Marakele National Park north-east of the town and situated
in the heart of the magnificent Waterberg Mountains characterised
by contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, hills and valleys,
as well as an impressive variety of wildlife.
Thabazimbi is one of the countrys most sought after destinations
for lovers of hiking. Many nature trails, hikes and paths cover
the towns scenic bushveld surroundings.