Established in 1960, Ellisras is a coal mining town in the Limpopo province on the banks of the Mogol River. In 2002, the area was officially renamed Lephalale after the main river that crosses the municipality, but these days the names are interchangeable. The three main subsections of this area are: Lephalale, Onverwacht and Marapong. Here you will also find Grootgeluk, one of the largest open grove coalmines in the world. 

Being a fast-growing town, houses to rent in Ellisras are attractive to those working in nearby areas and families or retirees wanting to settle down into a peaceful way of life away from big metropolitan areas. Properties for sale in Ellisras vary from smaller compact town dwellings, to family homes on large plots to expansive game farms further afield. Investing in an Ellisras property is a great opportunity as this town is the last stopover for those en-route to Botswana’s Okavango Delta and also boasts some of South Africa’s best fishing and golfing opportunities. Take a look at the available houses for sale and rent in Ellisras below.

Explore Ellisras



The Mogol Country Club is well known for being an excellent 72 par 18-hole winter course. It winds through the suburb of Overwacht, dappled with Marula trees and other vegetation so you won’t even have to leave town to enjoy your time on the green!

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities

D'Nyala Nature Reserve and Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve are close by – the latter being very popular with water sports enthusiasts, anglers and avid birders. Here you’ll also find numerous picnic spots around the dam. Also nearby is the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Nature Reserve, home to the Big 5. 

Waterberg Biosphere

Waterberg Biosphere

Just 80km from Ellisras, you can expect close encounters with amazing wildlife, vast open spaces and rich biodiversity in this reserve, almost the same size as the Kruger National Park. 

Ancient wonders

Ancient wonders

In the Limpopo valley lies the remnants of the ancient African kingdom of Mapungubwe. This World Heritage Site within a National Park, is favoured by archaeologists, historians and nature enthusiasts who are eager to learn more about the fossil discoveries, preserved rock art and rolling landscape that tells a story of forgotten times.

Living in Ellisras

Areas near to Ellisras

Burgersfort, Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa, Polokwane, Thabazimbi, Tzaneen, Waterberg,


Educational institutions here are plenty, including Bosveld Primary School, Nelsonskop Primary School, Ellisras Primary School, Hoërskool Ellisras, King's College and Lephalale FET College. There are also boarding facilities in the nearby cities Pretoria and Joburg. 


In town, you’ll find most shops to meet your everyday needs, including fashion, grocery shops, auto traders and banks. Travel a bit further afield into Polokwane to explore other shopping options. 


Along with the Ellisras Hospital, there are host of general practitioners, dentists and pharmacies in this area. The Mediclinic in Thabazimbi is also just over an hour away.


You’ll find Ellisras to be warm and temperate with three distinct seasons. From May to July it’s dry with ground frost in low-lying areas. From August to October, the daily temperatures begin to rise and brings with it the occasionally thunderstorm. The wet season extends from November to April.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius