Limpopo Province is cradled by Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. It is a region of contrasts, from true bushveld country to majestic mountains, primeval indigenous forests, unspoilt wilderness and patchworks of farmland. This region is steeped in myth and legends that will thrill and amaze you.
Rich in natural beauty, culture and wildlife, in addition to the Kruger National Park, there are 54 provincial reserves and several luxury private game reserves. There are almost 254 known cultural heritage sites in this province, including nearly 130 recorded ancient rock art sites.
Every season, every day, brings a different experience to your trip to the Kruger National Park. One day you’ll be enticed by baby hyenas trying to chew your tyres, and another, a silver-backed jackal leaping amidst a cloud of flying ants or a yawning, seemingly lazy lion dozing whilst his women folk hunt for his dinner – male chauvinist! Birding is an outstanding event in this region.
Limpopo is renowned for its gushing waterfalls and impressive mountains, including the Soutpansberg and Waterberg. There are a number of tourism routes and trails that open up these mountainous regions with their abundant fauna and flora.
The province's rich cultural and historical heritage has earned it the reputation of being a land of great mystery. Not only is this the home of the legendary Modjadji, The Rain Queen, but also to the remains of the lost kingdom of Mapungubwe and the Golden Rhino.
A visit to the Waterberg region is a must - this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve features age-old rock formations and stunning scenery. The environment is protected by massive buttresses and deep forested valleys.
The Waterberg, with its great variety of wildlife, birds and scenic splendour is one of South Africa’s prime eco-tourism destinations.
It is this remoteness that attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the drama and beauty of the African bushveld.
The quintessence of Untamed Africa.
Take a different view of life on the back of a lumbering, swaying gentle giant. Exchange trunk greetings with an Elephant and exchange food with your new best friend.
Visit South Africa’s own “Lost City of Gold”. 1000 years ago Mapungubwe was the centre of the largest Kingdom in the sub-continent where a highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. This Kingdom of advanced and cultured peoples was mysteriously abandoned in the 14th Century.
The Iron Age site, discovered in 1932, but hidden from public attention until recently, was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2003. Many graves have been excavated here and have revealed art works that give evidence to a class-based society.
The most spectacular of the gold discoveries, is a little gold rhinoceros, which has become a symbol of leadership amongst the Shona peoples of Zimbabwe.
Let me take you to a huge Sunland Baobab tree near Tzaneen. The San people believe God was angry with the tree and ripped it out of the ground and replanted it upside down. The baobab nurtures and provides sustenance and shelter to many animals and humans. (Cream of Tartar being one extract).
To add to the wonder of the species, Baobabs naturally hollow out after 1,000 years. The Sunland Baobab is particularly renowned due to the fact that in the hollowed trunk of this huge tree there is a bar and a wine cellar! The tree has been carbon dated and is estimated to be around 6,000 years old, making it one of the oldest trees in the world.
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