Phalaborwa Copper Mine Lookout

Not many tourist attractions can lay claim to being visible from space. The opencast mine near the pretty town of Phalaborwa is without a doubt one of this marvellous country’s most impressive tourism attractions. At almost 2km wide, Phalaborwa’s Big Hole is Africa’s widest man-made hole and one of the biggest copper mines in the entire world. And, yes, it can indeed be seen from space.This awe-inspiring, 450m deep opencast mine – rich in apatite, magnetite, titanium, vermiculite, uranium, zirconium, and, of course, copper – understandably dominates the surrounding landscape. The magnitude of this gigantic hole needs to be appreciated from afar and we’re happy to say that there is an amazing lookout point located nearby from which tourists can marvel at the magnificent Big Hole. As an added bonus, the views of Limpopo’s lovely landscape from this viewpoint are nothing short of spectacular.Enjoyable educational tours of the opencast mine are offered and the fascinating Foskor Museum, housed in the very first house that was built in the town of Phalaborwa, is an absolute must for history buffs.Opencast copper mining commenced here in 1964 and ceased in 2002. Opencast mining has been replaced by a large-scale underground operation that will extend the mine’s lifespan considerably. Most of South Africa’s copper is mined here. 

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