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LIMPOPO...

LAND OF MYTHS, LEGENDS & BEAUTIFUL SCENERY


South Africa's northern province Limpopo is the land of myths, legends, beautiful scenery and landscape, as well as majestic Baobab trees. Limpopo is the northern most province of South Africa. The province shares borders with the neighbouring countries of Botswana on the western side, Mozambique on the east and Zimbabwe to the north.



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Alldays (Capricorn)

Alldays and the villages of Vivo and Dendron serve an extensive area of private game and hunting farms. Prolific game - including the 'Big Five' - excellent accommodation and good hunting facilities attract many domestic and international trophy hunters.Various interesting tours are available for the spouses and partners of hunters, including a visit to the archaeologically significant Mapungubwe Hill

Mapungubwe Hill (Capricorn)

A thousand years ago, Mapungubwe was the centre of the largest kingdom in southern Africa, with a thriving trade in gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. Discovered in 1932 but kept under wraps by the apartheid government, Mapungubwe is one of SA's eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Magoebaskloof (Capricorn)

A range of adventure activities such as trails, abseiling, quad biking, gecko-tubing, mountain climbing, caving and kloofing. Canopy Tours venture into a previously inaccessible realm of nature, moving between platforms built high within the upper level of indigenous forests and ancient mountain cliffs.

Haenertsburg (Capricorn)

Haenertsburg is a beautiful village – an artists' dream - situated on the edge of the Great Escarpment in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, between Polokwane and Tzaneen en route to the Kruger National Park.

Balule Nature Reserve (Capricorn)

The Balule Private Nature Reserve was created when a few enterprising farm owners decided to drop the game fences between their farms. The Big 5 roam freely in this area.

Blouberg Nature Reserve (Capricorn)

Blouberg is a 9,300 ha provincial government nature reserve. Conservation and Tourism management fall under the control of the relevant Limpopo provincial government structures.
There are no hiking trails but self-drive game-drives are possible, preferably using a vehicle with a high ground clearance. To access the southern region a 4x4 is required.

Blouberg Mountain (Capricorn)

The Blouberg ('blue mountain') range has a large surface of protected wall where climbers will find good solid rock. Most of the climbing spots are on private land but climbers can make arrangements through the Alldays Mountain Club.

Percy Fyfe Conservancy (Capricorn)

This small bushveld reserve is located between Mokopane and Polokwane and functions as a breeding ranch for roan antelope and disease-free buffalo.

Africa's Big Five (Capricorn)

The Big Five occur in many of the game and nature reserves in Limpopo. Buffalo are the most abundant of the Big Five and occur in large herds.

The Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum (Capricorn)

which depicts the traditional and modern-day lifestyle of this people. The Pietersburg Game Reserve, which has more than 21 species and offers scenic walks.

Peter Mokaba Stadium (Capricorn)

The famous Peter Mokaba Stadium was revamped for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Modjadji Cycad (Capricorn)

The cycad forest near Modjadjikloof, protected by Queen Modjadji, the Rain Queen and her people, is the largest growth of cycads in the world. At 13 metres, the cycads are also the world's tallest.

Turfloop Nature Reserve (Capricorn)

Turfloop Safaris is an independent and privately run business venture by Baobab Tourist Services in Turfloop Nature Reserve, which is a joint project between the local communities and government

Modjadji The Rain Queen

The land of Modjadji, the Rain Queen, is an impressive setting of ancient baobab trees, untouched bushveld, breathtaking mountain ranges, and an abundance of wild creatures, flora and birdlife to compliment this treasure chest of enchanting legends, myths and culture.

Kruger National Park

Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park (70% of which is in the Limpopo province) in its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates.

Andover Nature Reserve

Andover Nature Reserve is a Limpopo provincial nature reserve, located seven kilometres from the Orpen Gate to the Kruger National Park. It is 7000ha in extent, and is close to Manyeleti Nature Reserve.

Bushbuckridge

A trading store established here in 1884 developed into a town as a result of its position in a fertile tobacco, cotton and vegetable farming area. The town was named after the large herds of antelope (bushbuck) that grazed on the surrounding grassy ridges.

Haernertsburg

Known as the capital of the 'land of the silver mist' after T.V. Bulpin's famous book on the area, the picturesque village of Haenertsburg in the Magoebaskloofmountains is perched on the slopes of the Wolkberg and Drakensberg mountains.

Hoedspruit

Bordering on the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit lies in the heart of the central Lowveld and is conveniently situated to explore the many game lodges, game reserves and other attractions.

Modjadji Nature Reserve

The 530-ha Modjadji Nature Reserve, situated in the Bolobedu district of Lebowa north-east of Duiwelskloof, contains one of the most fascinating population of plants seen in Southern Africa.

Modjadjikloof

Modjadjikloof lies in an unhurried fertile area of exquisite beauty at the entrance to the Lowveld and is a pretty village with panoramic vistas on to the surrounding Wolkberg Mountains. As green and lush as Tzaneen, its former name Duiwelskloof ('devil's gorge') is said to have two possible derivations: the village got its name either from the sticky wet mud of the area, which presumably made transport 'devilish' for the early settlers.

Phalaborwa

Gateway to the Kruger National Park and Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Dubbed the 'town of two summers' because it never really gets cold in this subtropical town of mild winters and warm summers

Thulamela

The discovery of the stone citadel of Thulamela, which means 'place of birth' in the VhaVenda language, is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in South Africa.

Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve

On the 20th of September 2001 the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Reserve was registered in Paris by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The Battle of Sekhukhune Tourism Route

Footsteps of the Pedi Kings Meet at the kgoro of the chiefs to prepare for a journey following the footsteps of the great kings of the Pedi nation that originated.

The Limpopo Golf & Safari Route

The Limpopo Province in South Africa offers the ultimate combination of fantastic golf on top courses with an amazing wildlife and safari experience. Only 2 hours from Johannesburg,

The Outpost Trails

The Makuleke concession rests between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers, stretching from the KNP Pafuri gate to Crooks' Corner, an area covering approximately 24 000 hectares.

Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve

The Schuinsdraai dam provides an ideal environment for the large crocodile population that inhabits the area. Other game that can be spotted includes kudu, impala, eland, warthog and rare roan antelope. The dam provides a haven for waterbirds also a popular destination for anglers and water recreation.

Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site

Southern Africa is often referred to as the 'Cradle of Humankind', and archeaological sites such as Sterkfontein and Makapans Caves add significant credence to this theory. The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape is situated on the southern banks of the great Limpopo River.

The Diamond Route

The Diamond Route links eight sites across northern South Africa in a tourism route. It stretches from Namaqualand on the west coast, to Kimberleythen northeast towards to the Venetia Limpopo reserve.

Lake Fundudzi&ThatheVondo Forest

Lake Funduzi is a magical place that is steeped in Venda mythology and legend. It's condition changes season ally, but it is always worth the visit from a cultural perspective.

Kruger National Park

Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park (70% of which is in the Limpopo province) in its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates.

Louis Trichardt / Makhado

Louis Trichardt is a town situated at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountain range in Limpopo and was developed from the Voortrekker settlement. It is now named Makhado.

The Soutpansberg

The Soutpansberg, South Africa's northernmost mountain range, takes its name from the salt pans that lie at its base near the western end. These pans have supplied communities with salt from prehistoric times to today.

Africa's Big Five

The Big Five occur in many of the game and nature reserves in Limpopo. Buffalo are the most abundant of the Big Five and occur in large herds that can number up to 600 animals.

Amarula Lapa

Limpopo (Phalaborwa) is also home to the famous Amarula Cream Liqueur. The Amarula Lapa is a promotional tasting and tourist visitor centre situated 10 km outside Phalaborwa. Amarula Cream, made from the fruit of the indigenous marula tree.

Baobab Tree

No tree in Africa embodies the spirit of Africa more than the baobab with its bulbous branches and gnarled bark. Otherwise known as Africa's 'big tree', the baobab is revered in Africa for various reasons.

Bela Bela

Long before the mineral waters at Bela-Bela were used therapeutically, they were discovered by the Tswana in the 1800s and named Bela- Bela, meaning 'the water that boils on its own.

Makapan's Caves

The Makapan Valley in Limpopo is the only cultural heritage site of its kind. It has a history of the Ndebele people and resistance wars dating back 151 years.

Nylsvley Internationally Renowned Ramsar Site

A Ramsar site is known for "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world.

Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve was formally launched in 2001 as one of some 400 UNESCO-registered biosphere reserves established around the world. It is the only "savanna" reserve of this type in Southern Africa.

Lephalale

Situated on the Mokolo River (a tributary of the Limpopo) about 60 km from the Botswana border and the Stockpoort border post, this tranquil but prosperous Waterberg town offers excellent game viewing and sports tourism.

Modimolle

Thomas Baines, well-known explorer, naturalist and painter, tells a fascinating story of how the Nyl River received its name. Known to the locals as Mokgalakwena ('fierce crocodile'), the north-flowing river was mistaken by the locals for the Nile.

Mokopane

A stunning bushveld environment and multicultural community and history give Mokopane a unique character. The town and immediate surroundings boast fascinating ancient caves, the 'Big Five', San rock art, curios and mampoer.

Springbok Flats

The name of the Springbok Flats is a poignant reminder of the great herds that once populated the plain. The area was also frequented by lions.

Thabazimbi

Thabazimbi, meaning 'mountain of iron' is the Tswana name for the town and refers to the highly lucrative iron ore reef first discovered here in 1919 and mined . There are many game reserves and places of interest to be viewed.

The Cave of Hearths

Visitors to Mokopane should not miss the opportunity of going on a guided tour of Makapan's Valley where extensive cultural and palaeontological deposits have played a crucial role in furthering the understanding of human evolution.

Vaalwater

Vaalwater is a small town situated on the Mokolo River in the Limpopo province of South Africa.It lies at the southern edge of the rugged Waterberg Massif, which is a biosphere that contains biodiversity.


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