Limpopo South Africa is a wildlife destination with lots of game and nature reserves including the northern Kruger National Park. Apart from game viewing and birding, it is home to the remains of ancient cultures as well as the intriguing Venda culture, steeped in myth and legend.
Limpopo is the country’s most northern region, bordering Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is bushveld country − rolling savannahs abound teeming with fauna of every description, making a safari in Limpopo one of the most popular visitor activities.
However, Limpopo’s tourism offerings are not restricted to wildlife alone; it has an interesting prehistoric past and a fascinating cultural heritage that speaks of ancient tribes and kingdoms.
One of Limpopo’s biggest drawcards is the northern Kruger National Park. This two-million hectare reserve dominates the province’s eastern region and is part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park between South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
It boasts hundreds of tree, fish, amphibian, reptilian, bird and mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five. Game walks and drives, hikes, eco-trails, 4×4 adventures and mountain bike routes provide fantastic ways to explore this untamed wilderness. Similar activities can be enjoyed at the province’s other 50-odd parks and reserves.
Limpopo is renowned for its 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 to visitors. A visit to the Waterberg region is a must – this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve features age-old rock formations and stunning scenery.
The province’s rich cultural and historical heritage has earned it the reputation of being a land of great mystery. Not only is it the home of the legendary Modjadji, The Rain Queen, but also to the remains of the lost kingdom of Mapungubwe.
This ancient civilisation can be re-discovered at the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site. The site forms part of the Mapungubwe National Park, which is also home to Iron Age sites, San (Bushmen) rock paintings and fossilsed dinosaur footprints and skeletal remains.
Some great outings are a trip to the Amarula Lapa, where you can see how the ever-popular Amarula Cream liqueur is made, enjoying adventure in the lush Magoebaskloof, having a drink in the world’s largest and oldest baobab tree, or even participating in extreme golf!
How to get here
Fly direct from Johannesburg to Polokwane. If you’re driving, from Johannesburg or Pretoria take the N1 north direct to Polokwane.
Best time to visit
Limpopo is an all-year-round destination due to its sub-tropical climate. Summer (October to February) can get very hot.
What to eat
Enjoy traditional South African cuisine at game reserves around the province and authentic African fare at the various cultural villages.
Cherry Blossom Festival in Haenertsburg in April; Ellisras Bushveld Festival at Lephalele in July; Hoedspruit Airshow and Game Festival at Hoedspruit in July.
There are hundreds of curios and keepsakes to look out for in Limpopo, from Big Five-inspired gifts in the province’s game reserves to local arts and crafts. Try the Ribolla Open Africa Route for stunning, locally-made products.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Limpopo Tourism Authority:
Tel: +27 (0)15 290 7300
Email: [email protected]
South African National Parks (SANParks):
Tel: + 27 (0)12 428 9111
Email: [email protected]rg