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Limpopo Province

Limpopo Province ThumbnailThe Limpopo Province, South Africa’s northernmost province, with Botswana to the west, Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east, is the gateway to Africa. The diverse landscape of the Limpopo spans across the beautiful Waterberg Mountains, primeval indigenous forests that are mysterious, misty and ancient, Mopani trees that offer shade and food to herds of plains game and bushveld tracts where elephant bake under a relentless African sun.

Limpopo Province, South Africa

 

In the Soutpansberg region, explore one of the forest trails or travel beyond the mountains where Mopane trees and giant, ancient Baobab trees dominate the plains sweeping northward to Zimbabwe.

 

 

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With the Northern Kruger National Park on its western border and a host of game farms in the malaria free areas of the province, Limpopo is a top safari destination in South Africa. The northern section of the Kruger National Park is renowned for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, significant numbers of tsessebe and sable and a rich bird life. Limpopo boasts 340 indigenous tree species, an abundance of animal life and the world’s highest concentration of leopard.

 

Horse Riding in Limpopo Province

 

On the park’s western border, excellent privately owned game reserves and lodges offer luxurious, air-conditioned accommodation and day and night game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles. The mountainous malaria free area of the Waterberg is also home to numerous Limpopo game reserves, offering a true wilderness experience.

 

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Named after the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border, Limpopo province’s rich wildlife and spectacular scenery attracted Africans from the north as early as 300AD.

 

Golden Rhino
Image: University of Pretoria. Source MediaClub South Africa

It is therefore guardian to a wealth of historical and cultural treasures like Modjadji, home of the fabled Rain Queen, Stone Age and Iron age relics in Makapansgat Valley and the gold treasures of Mapungubwe that date back to time immemorial.

Besides game viewing and possibly some of the best bird watching in the country, there are hikes in the mountains, mountain biking trails, 4×4 routes, canoeing and white river rafting to name some of the activities you can expect to enjoy.

The capital is Polokwane, located in the middle of the province. Further north is Modimolle, the hub of the local table-grape industry, set near the beautiful Waterberg mountain range; Makhado at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountains; and Musina, with its thick-set baobab trees.

Other important Limpopo towns include the major mining centres of Phalaborwa and Thabazimbi, and Tzaneen, a producer of tea, forestry products and tropical fruit. Bela- Bela, with its popular mineral water baths, is near the southern border.

There are airports in centres such as Phalaborwa and Musina, as well as the Gateway International Airport in Polokwane.

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