Limpopo, South Africa

Limpopo, South Africa

Africa’s northernmost province, Limpopo, borders onto Mozambique,
Zimbabwe and Botswana, making it the ideal entrance to Africa. Named
after the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border,
this province is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures.

The Great North Road from Pretoria
was first carved by the creaking wheels of ox wagons. Today, when you
follow the footsteps of the Voortrekkers, you'll travel on fast, safe
roads and enjoy every modern amenity as you go. Known as the Great
North, Limpopo is land of legend. Ruins and relics abounds in ancient
forests, sparkling trout waters, hot mineral springs and waterfalls.
Much of it has remained unchanged for centuries, offering unlimited
opportunities in Limpopo for the enjoyment of untamed Africa. Limpopo
is home to ancient lands and pre-historic secrets. This is home to
Modjadji, the fabled Rain Queen, the Stone Age and Iron age relics of Makapansgat Valley and the treasures of Mapungubwe that date back to time immemorial.

Limpopo, South Africa

Limpopo celebrates a rich cultural heritage and at many archaeological
sites the mysteries of the past are still being discovered. Historians
reveal that the first black Africans moved across the great Limpopo
before 300 AD. The Voortrekkers arrived in Limpopo in the early
nineteenth century and numerous battles between the indigenous African
people and the Voortrekkers took place. Then, during the apartheid
regime, portions of the land in Limpopo were divided up into what then
became known as 'homeland' areas.

Happily, today Limpopo is united in its aim to offer the best possible welcome to all who visit this spectacular region of South Africa. The northern section of the Kruger National Park which is located in Limpopo, is renowned for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, significant numbers of tsessebe and sable and a rich bird life.
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 4x4 vehicles. The mountainous area of the Waterberg is also home to numerous Limpopo game reserves, proving a rewarding experience of wilderness country.

The Soutpansberg region, one of the most spectacular regions of South Africa,
should be explored at leisure by following at least one of the forest
trails. Beyond the mountains, mopane trees and giant, ancient baobab
trees dominate the plains sweeping northward to Zimbabwe. Many natural
heritage sites in the area are accessible to visitors. There are 340
indigenous tree species here, an abundance of animal life and the
world’s highest concentration of leopard.

Polokwane (capital of Limpopo)

Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo

Wide streets, jacaranda and coral trees, colourful parks and sparkling
fountains characterise the principal town and capital of Limpopo,
Polokwane. In addition to Polokwanes status as a major commercial and
agricultural centre, Polokwane is the cultural hub of the region,
featuring impressive art exhibitions and historical buildings.

The Polokwane countryside is the setting for some of the
most prosperous cattle ranches in South Africa. Strategically placed on
the Great North Road, and halfway between Pretoria and the Zimbabwean
border, this attractive city is an ideal base from which to explore.
Polokwane is a popular port of call for visitors en route to the Tzaneen area and the northern part of the Kruger Park. The options for holiday pleasure and accommodation in Polokwane and its surroundings are virtually endless, whether as a pleasant en-route stopover or a destination in itself.