Modimolle (Nylstroom) - Gateway to Africa Eden
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:48 AM
Modimolle (previously called Nylstroom) is a charming town with an expanding business sector which serves as the commercial centre of the Waterberg. Modimolle is famous for its export of grapes and other soft fruits like peaches and watermelons.
Modimolle's landmark is a solitary hill named Kranskop which is referred to as Modimolle hill by African people in the area. The new name Modimolle means 'The Spirits have eaten' after the tradition of offering food to the forefathers' spirits by tribes in the area and the pushing of their enemies over the cliffs of the hill.
The original name of Nylstroom was given by the Voortrekkers who came across the north-flowing river and mistook the river for the Nile River in Egypt. The nearby a pyramid shaped Kranskop hill only served to strengthen this misconception.
Modimolle or Nylstroom, often referred to as the “Gateway to Africa Eden” is a popular tourist attraction because of the huge variety of outdoor recreation options. These options range from birding, horse riding and hiking to helicopter rides and hunting. The excellent climate makes Nylstroom/Modimolle an ideal tourist/travellers destination.
Modimolle (Nylstroom) is flanked by the Nylsvlei Wetland and the Waterberg Biosphere, both which are tourist destinations. The variety of nearby lodges, mineral spas, game reserves and hunting destinations are frequently visited by tourists and travellers. Attractions such as rock climbing, hiking and quad trails, sky diving, 4X4 routes, horse riding, birding, fishing, boating and golf courses are some of the activities that can be enjoyed.
To read more about the history of Modimolle / Nylstroom please click here.
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Nylsvlei, a haven for birdwatchers - more info.
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