Located in the north of South Africa on the border between South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; Limpopo offers a number of exciting attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy while staying in the area.
Limpopo is a popular tourist destination for visitors exploring South Africa. As it is home to a large portion of one of Africa's largest game reserves; the Kruger National Park, many visitors will find themselves spending a portion of their time touring South Africa, in the province. Limpopo's capital; Polokwane is also the only town in the whole of South Africa that borders the Kruger National Park.
To help you plan your time in the region, here is a list of our top five attractions, aside, of course, from the incredible Kruger National Park, that visitors can enjoy while staying in the area.
The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Voted as one of the top 'must-do' activities while exploring Limpopo, the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is located off the R351 close enough from the Kruger National Park to make it an ideal day excursion.
Established in 1991, Moholoholo is home to a wide array of injured, poisoned or abandoned wildlife and birds and is a world renowned wildlife education centre. Taking in struggling animals from all over South Africa, Moholoholo strives to rehabilitate the animals and then return them to the wild where they are live as they were meant to.
Visitors to the Rehabilitation Centre can view animals such as Leopard, Lynx, Wild Dog, Serval and Honey Badger and a number of birds including a variety of Vultures and Eagles. The centre aims to stimulate an environment of education, understanding and awareness, teaching visitors about the need to conserve and protect our wildlife.
The centre offers two tours per day from Monday to Sunday. The first tour starts at 09h30 and the second tour starts ta 15h00. Visitors that are travelling in groups of 8 or more should call and book in advance. Lasting 2 - 2.5 hours tours are guided by well informed and enthusiastic guides that take visitors to see the animals and teach them about the dangers the animals face and the work that the rehabilitation centre does. During the tour you may be able to pet a cheetah, or feed an eagle. There is also an excellent photographic opportunity with a gorgeous and friendly baby rhino.
Mapungubwe National Park
Situated in the north of the Limpopo Province, Mapungubwe National Park
is a magnificent game reserve and a World Heritage Site that is famed for being the home of the most socially advanced African society, one that then moved and later formed the empire known as Greater Zimbabwe.
Visitors to Mapugubwe can spend time game viewing and exploring the extensive savannah landscape where Elephant, Buffalo, White Rhino and other wildlife all roam. One can also take a tour to the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape to learn about the history of the area and view the virtually untouched remains of the settlement area and other historical landmarks. The tour paints a fascinating picture of the social and political structures of the society that lived in the area and allows visitors to gain a unique insight into the highly complex societal structures, their ways of life, how they traded with the Chinese and Indians and the hierarchical structures that moulded their day to day life.
Interacting with Elephants
There are a number of places in Limpopo that offer visitors the opportunity to interact with and ride on African Elephants. Spend time with these gentle giants, learning about their family structures, feeding patterns and hierarchical structures and then have the opportunity to get up close and personal with them when you climb onto their backs and take in the view from up high. An Elephant back safari
is a highly recommended experience and one that all ages are guaranteed to enjoy.
Exploring the Venda Art Route
The Limpopo Province's indigenous people are the Venda people, a community world renowned for their creativity abilities and for the magnificent arts and crafts that they produce. The Venda Art route, or Venda Bender
trail is a self-drive cultural route that takes visitors through the heart of the main Venda area.
Visitors can stop along the way and meet the artists, visit their workshops and have an opportunity to chat to them and learn about the myths and legends that inspire their works of art. Further along the route visitors can also go and see the mysterious Lake Fundudzi and the surrounding ThatheVondo Forest, an area in the region that is surrounded by many myths and legends.
White Lion Encounters
African White Lions are extremely rare and the opportunity to see and touch one is a once in a life time experience. There are a number is conservation centres in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province that offer visitors the opportunity to have an up close encounter with a rare White Lion.
During their time at the entre visitors will be able to learn about the factors that cause the Lions to be white as well as learn about some of the history and myth that surrounds these beautiful creatures.