If you’ve never been to Limpopo, then this article would be enough to entice the explorer in you - fill you with desire to travel and provide you with a taste of pure South African luxury.
Limpopo is an eco-tourist destination where majestic mountains, rich wildlife, indigenous forests and beautiful waterfalls meet – creating the ideal adventure of untamed natural beauty and diversity. Hence it remains a favourite destination among travellers worldwide.
Limpopo, the northernmost province in South Africa - previously known as the Northern Province - borders onto Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. It named after the great Limpopo River that flows along its border.
Below is a list of the top 10 hotspots to visit if Limpopo makes your ultimate travelling bucket list.
Kruger Park is South Africa's most exciting African safari destination and demands you to explore the landscape and spectacular rich wildlife. There is nothing more magnificent then coming face to face with the Big Five and seeing wildlife roaming free in their natural environment.
If you want a truly unique safari experience then Manyeleti Game Reserve is the ideal location for a bush experience in one of the world’s most beautiful places. The private game reserve is situated next to the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands and Timbavati Game Reserves and because there are no fences between the national park and the private game reserve you are sure to experience the best game viewing possible. Manyeleti is renowned to be Big Five territory making it possible for people to observe exotic wildlife – namely the elusive leopard; lion referred to as ‘kings of the jungle’, rhino, buffalo and elephant. In addition to the wildlife inhabited at the game reserve there are more than 300 bird species present in the area making Manyeleti the ideal safari destination for bird watchers.
If you ever find yourself in Limpopo Province then Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site should be on your list of places to visit. It is the ideal place for individuals in search of identity, inner-peace and exquisite beauty in terms of nature, scenery and wildlife. Mapungubwe National Park allows you to be one with nature, to watch the eagles soar over the sky, to hear the tranquil sound of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers as you take in the beauty of your surroundings – if you’re in search of unforgettable memories, a trip to the culturally rich national park would be enough to satisfy your desire for explore a part of South Africa filled with historic treasure.
The Waterberg features ancient mountains with rock art believed to be thousands of years old, exotic wildlife, diverse plant life and is renowned for its truly magnificent views most evident within the extensive biosphere reserve.
If there is one reason to visit the rural town Alldays; the northern part of the country then the view of the graceful Soutpansberg Mountains adorned by purple hue in the land of the majestic baobabs, remarkable sunsets and a huge variety of wildlife – should suffice. Alldays is home to a massive fig tree that claims to be bigger than the Wonder Tree in Tshwane and features a wilderness hiking trail giving spectacular views of the birdlife and indigenous trees along the Limpopo River.
The Cave of Hearths is one of only two Stone Age locations in the world that contain unbroken structure of artefacts from the Earlier Stone Age to the Later Stone Age – making the site a remarkable part in the understanding of human evolution and the appearance of contemporary man. If you have a real thirst for rich history and searching for the beginning of human revolution and identity within yourself – you are certain to find what you’re in search of at the Cave of Hearths.
The idea of soaking in healing waters of the hot springs rich in limestone minerals, namely calcium carbonate, sodium chloride and other salts should be enough reason to start making your traveling arrangement to visit Limpopo Province today. Your trip to northern parts of the country wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bela-Bela.
The Sunland ‘Big Baobab’ situated in Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo Province is renowned for being the widest of its species in the world and symbolizes Africa. The tree could very well be over 1 700 years old and has made the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The tree which is now hollow inside after being in existence for more than a thousand years makes for amazing caves and visually stimulates and entices its visitors.
Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park is open 365 days a year and is home to chimpanzees, white lions, tigers, cheetah and 38 playful primate species as well as numerous colourful exotic birds.
If you have the desire to discover a little about the real Africa, a group that traces its roots back to the Great Lakes of Central Africa and the culture of Great Zimbabwe than Venda should be on your agenda without a doubt. Venda allows visitors to surround themselves with great landscapes and attractions and appeals to individuals in search of luxury and exquisite natural beauty.