Home to the northern part of the infamous Kruger National Park, ancient baobab trees and cycad forests, the Limpopo province offers unequalled beauty, contrasting landscapes, spectacular mountains and brilliant game reserves.
South Africa’s northern most province, Limpopo Province is a land of breathtaking contrasts that is characterized by hot savannah plains and mist-clad mountains, age-old indigenous forests and cycads alongside latter-day plantations. For the nature lover, the area abounds in game farms, natural heritage sites and nature reserves, as well as the northern half of the famous Kruger National Park.
The entire province is the perfect venue for mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, hot air ballooning, horse riding, trout fishing and angling. Limpopo is regarded as a prime birding destination and offers superb natural scenery as well as an interesting cultural heritage with many fascinating activities along various self-drive routes.
There are several well known landmarks in Limpopo, the Waterberg Mountains stretching over 5000 km², affording visitors to the area a unique scenic, historical and cultural experience.
A visit to the natural hot water springs should soothe the soul and relax the mind and the Nylsvley wetlands is a bird lovers’ paradise with a huge concentration of waterbirds.
In the Makapans Valley is a large and near complete record of human occupation, dating back over 3 million years ago in the times of Ape-man. This area is in line for a World Heritage Site.
Limpopo is well known for its Baobab trees, abundant wildlife, variety of mountain ranges, wetlands and culture. Limpopo has a tremendous selection of resorts to choose from, including private and National game reserves, spa resorts, riverside resorts and mountain escapes, which will entice caravanners, campers and tourists back time and time again.
The Capricorn region is named so due to the fact that the Tropic of Capricorn passes through the northern part of this region. The African Ivory Route will take you through breathtaking scenery and endless vistas where herds of elephant roam freely. Home to Polokwane, capital of the Limpopo province and one of SA's fastest growing cities, the Capricorn region is the perfect stopover for visitors traveling to the northern parts of the province to and from Gauteng.
Makapansgat Caves and Limeworks, Ana trees in Waterberg, Wolkberg Wilderness Area, Iron Crown Mountain, Serala, Magoebaskloof, Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum, Makapans Valley, Cave of Hearths, Concentration Camp Cemetery, Gemco Arts, Crafts and Curio Centre, Hugh Exton Photographic Museum, Moletzie Bird Sanctuary, Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park, Polokwane Bird Sanctuary, Polokwane Game Reserve, Polokwane Museum, Sekhukhuneland, Trichardt Memorial, Anglo Boer War relics, sites and memorials, San rock art, mine tours, golf, cultural experiences, township tours, 4x4 routes, dinosaur footprints, hunting, mountain biking, canoe excursions, hiking trails, horse riding, game viewing, bird watching and fishing.
The Waterberg region cover half of the wester part of Limpopo and is home to the well known Tempel Holiday Reort hot springs and the Marakele National Park, a 4x4 enthusiasts haven. The region is rich in culture, history and wildlife, offering visitors a wide range of activities and excursions, from Big 5 game viewing to hiking in the Waterberg mountains. The Nylsvley wetlands is home to the largest number of water birds in Southern Africa and over 200 species can be seen on one day alone.
Waterberg Mountains, Nylsvlei Bird and Nature Reserve, African Ivory Route, hot mineral springs, Marakele National Park, Mokopa Reptile Park Lizards, Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm, San rock art, Schlesinger Cave, Rhino Museum, Bela-Bela Dam, Bela-Bela Waterfront, Old Locomotive at Modimolle, Anglo Boer War Memorials, golf, horse riding, game viewing, hiking, 4x4 routes, bird watching, mountain biking, fishing, water sports, river rafting, quad biking and clay pigeon shooting.
This region boasts the impressive Zoutpansberg mountain range, over 130 km long and is home to some of the oldest San rock art in the country. The baobab tree is a common sight and their stark beauty enthralls even the youngest of visitors. The region has sacred lakes and forests, historical Stone Age rock art, ancient Voortrekker wagon tracks, the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park and the northern most entrance to the Kruger National Park at Punda Maria.
Ben Levin Nature Reserve, Indigenous Tree Sanctuary, Stonehenge, Machema Ruins, Salt Pans, Bandur Safari Lions, Die Gat, Beit Bridge, Musina Nature Reserve, Baobab Forest, Big Tree, Zoutpansberg Mountains, Fort Hendrina, Limpopo Valley National Park, Zeederberg's Mail Coach, Musina Museum, Tshatshingo Potholes, Thathe Vondo Forest, The Sacred Forest, Mahovhohovho Falls, Mukumbani Dam, Lake Fundudzi, Dzata Ruins, Museum of the Drum, 4x4 routes, hiking trails, river rafting, fishing, golf, game viewing, mountain biking, bird watching and horse riding.
Mopani is relatively untouched and remains a true African bush experience where visitors can view game in their natural environment. The region is also rich in culture and history and has plenty of dams, rivers, mountains, tea plantations, mopani, marula and acacia woodlands as well as a contrasting landscape. Home to the Modjadji, the Rain Queen the area is steeped in legend and mystery and the local people still consider certain areas as sacred.
Foskor Mine Museum, Oliphants River Sunset Cruises, Debegeni Waterfall, Georges Valley, Modjadji Cycad Forest, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Shangana Cultural Village, Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, Timbavati White Lions, Bombyx Mori Tours, Hoedspruit Research and Breeding Centre, Nyani Cultural Village, Swadini Reptile Park, Tzaneen Museum, hiking trails, fishing, golf, 4x4 routes, game viewing, horse riding, watersports and bird watching.
For information on the Kruger National Park and to view resorts in this region.
Big 5 game viewing, game drives, guided walks, hikes and mountain biking, bird watching, picnics, museums and restaurants. See Kruger National Park pages for more detailed information.
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For information on Limpopo distance charts, temperatures, tourism offices and attractions,
Limpopo Tourism & Parks Board
Tel: 015 290 7300
Tel: 015 290 7300
Tel: 014 717 4877
Tel: 015 516 3415
Valley of the Elephants
Tel: 014 736 4328
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Taxes and Refunds
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 14%. Visitors may reclaim VAT at their point of departure provided recepts are produced. Total value of purchases must be over R250.00 to reclaim VAT.
Summers need light cotton clothing and a light jersey for cool evenings. Winter needs warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Hats, sunglasses, insect repellant and rainwear for the rainy season are essential.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is spoken throughout South Africa and most businesses and banks communicate in English.
There is a wide network of hospitals, both public and private, throughout the country offering excellent services.
International visitors should have health insurance to assist in paying for private hospital fees. If you are entering a Malaria area, medical precautions should be taken. Consult a pharmacist for more advice and insect repellant is essential. Tap water is safe and clean to drink.
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