South African Tourism shares some tips for travellers visiting Limpopo. Picture: Supplied.

Limpopo means the place of rushing water, and with good reason! The province is well known not only for the enormous river it is named after but also for the many streams and waterfalls which provide some great adventure opportunities. Not to mention the incredible wildlife experiences! So pack your backs and take a Sho’t Left to Limpopo.

Where to stay:

Limpopo Guest ManorLimpopo Guest Manor is a four-star lodge in the heart of Polokwane, the province’s capital. It specialises in pampered luxury that makes for a really special stay. The on-site restaurant offers scrumptious meals, or you can simply take a stroll into the city and try one of the nearby eateries. For business or pleasure, you can’t go wrong here!

Magoebaskloof Hotel: Anyone who has been to Limpopo has heard of the Magoebaskloof Hotel, and with good reason! This three-star establishment is not only affordable but steeped in history and has loads of activities to offer. Using the hotel as a base, you can go rafting, riding, biking and hiking in the area. On a cold night, the pub has a roaring fire and some great food, while the dining room has all the old school hotel charm you could ever want.
Where to play

Magoebaskloof Adventures: The Magoebaskloof Adventures is both a stay and a play! The accommodation available at the adventure site is self-catering and rustic; imagine log cabins set in the forest. Adventure activities are run from the site, with transport to and from organised into the package. On-site activities include; Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour, tubing, abseiling, paintball, climbing a wall, mountain biking, hiking and trout fishing. This is great fun for the whole family!

What to do: 

Enjoy a game drive: When you think of South Africa, the incredible Kruger National Park most certainly comes to mind. Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five, but you will find yourself surrounded by hundreds of species of birds, ancient trees, winding rivers, superb accommodation and adventure. Basically, it’s a one-stop shop for all of your wildlife dreams. You don’t actually need to stay in the park to check it out; take a game drive for a part of a day, have a bite to eat there, and then drive back to your hotel. Remember that the best times to see animals is in the morning or in the evening, especially in summer.

Bakwena Express Spa: If you are weary from your travels and are looking for a pick me up, Bakwena Express Spa is the place for you. From a quick 60 min treatment to a romantic experience under the stars, you will be sure to leave relaxed and rejuvenated.

Madi a Thava Mountain Lodge: This is a delightfully different experience for those looking to add a bit of culture to their lives. Madi a Thava Mountain Lodge does offer spectacular accommodation, but its big draw card is the culture and art tour with a folk telling and creative craft workshop experience. Delve into the fascinating story of the people of Limpopo, said to be one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

Where to eat:

Nguni Grill: Named after the colourful cows you can find wandering around South Africa and the ancestors of many of our modern tribes, Nguni Grill offers great comfort food. Steaks, Mexican fare, seafood and so much more will get your mouth watering and your tummy full. 

Zwashu: Prides itself on traditional African food, served with flair. The restaurant is in the heart of Polokwane and offers items such as stews, shisanyama and delicacies like chicken feet. If you are looking for an authentic taste sensation this is the place for you!

The Tlou: At the Magoebaskloof Hotel is an old school hotel dining room which will take you back to the days when waiters all wore smart white shirts, napkins were starched to perfection and there was more cutlery on the table that you knew what to do with. Be sure to dress nicely as this is a relatively snazzy place. You can expect an à la carte menu, buffets, and on special occasions a carvery. The cuisine is an interesting mix of local area favourites such as trout, and good old fashioned comfort food. One of the signature dishes is the "Magoebaskloof Pot" a miniature Potjie pot with a secret recipe that leaves you wanting more.