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Limpopo

The northern part of the Kruger National Park lies in the Limpopo Province (formerly known as Northern Province). The nearest airport is located near Phalaborwa, a place that is known for its open copper mine, the largest in Africa. To the south of the Waterberg Mountains an area rich in streams, springs, swamps and abundant bird life. The steep cliffs and impressive rock formations of the southern slopes of the Waterberg provide superior mountain sport possibilities. To the north there is the Soutpansberg Mountains, with their impressive blue slopes overgrown with forests. At the foot of the hills lies the quaint town Makhado (Louis Trichardt) in one of the loveliest parts of the country.

There also live various ethnic groups, each with their own rich culture. Venda, who inhabits the eastern part of the Soutpansberg Mountains, is very superstitious and attaches great importance to rites and rituals. Northern Sotho's live in communities across the Limpopo Province. The famous Rain Queen Modadji still lives on in this area. In the centre is the bustling capital Polokwane (Pietersburg) - the industrial and commercial heart of Great Limpopo.

The Ivory Route Limpopo
This route is especially attractive for the eco-adventurer; you start near Orpen in Manyeleti Game Reserve. The route leads to the Letaba Ranch (north of Phalaborwa) Makuya Park (near Pafuri), the Madimbo Corridor, Dongola-Vhembe Park (just outside Messina / Blouberg), the Mokolo Dam (in the Waterberg), Makapan's Caves (Potgietersrus) and ends at the Atherstone Nature Reserve (near Thabazimbi).

To avoid disruption of ecosystems in the reserves the roads are very rudimentary and can really only be driven with a four-wheel drive vehicle. Some parts are open only for cars with a guide or an approved operator. The Limpopo Tourism Board operates semi-permanent camps and overseas central reservations from Polokwane. Bush Camps are located so that visitors can experience the beauty and the uniqueness of all nature. The district can be explored in one "big tour" that lasts or can be divided over two weeks into three shorter routes, each with its own interesting features.

The Limpopo Valley Route
This route is especially interesting for visitors interested in archaeology and history from Tshwane (Pretoria), the route north to Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) and the Great North Road (N1) and then in a north-westerly direction through Vaalwater and the Waterberg to Mokolo Dam. The canoe trip the tents are equipped and the safari camp provides excellent opportunities to observe birds and it is also a trip into the local archaeology and history. The trip "back in time" the next day goes through a walking tour of the Masebe Game Reserve.

The route passes through the surreal sandstone towers and domes of the sand court; Makgabeng at the rock art with international importance. Visitors stay in a traditional camp to see an explanatory scale model of the region with its many archaeological sites. If the traveller leaves the hills of Blue Mountains and the world of big game the focus will shift to the hunting history of South Africa. Small items such as Vivo and Alldays and his memories are of the still existing hunting tradition. In the eighteenth century the area around the confluence of the Shashi and Limpopo was an important area for big game hunting. The tour runs along the old route along the Limpopo River centuries blazed by people who traded with Arab and Portuguese traders on the East Coast. They have the ruins of Mapungubwe left, the cemetery of ancient African kings, and Great Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in the north. The safari camp is located in the centre of the Limpopo Valley National Park.

The Levubu Gorge Route
This route offers the opportunity to gain experience with local cultures. Go from Tshwane north to Polokwane, then eastward to the Kudu Valley to Duiwelskloof (Devil's Gorge), the domain of the legendary Modjadji, or Rain Queen of the Balobedu-people. As visitors, they are rejected by walking the cycad reserve on the cultural importance of this area for the local population and the aspects of the 200-year-old Rain Queen Dynasty. Accommodation is in traditional Venda huts.

The tour continues to Fududzi Lake, a sacred place for the Venda, and goes up into the mountains to a Venda village with panoramic views over the woods below you. Find out more about the Venda culture, or go hiking through the woods and swim and picnic at the falls. A peaceful ride through the rural Venda brings you to Makuya Park, a true wilderness. The safari camp on the Levubu river faces a huge hippo pool and in the background the steep sandstone cliffs. The next morning you remain close to the Levubu Gorge and cross, covering an alluvial plain with hundreds of baobab trees before reaching the Mutale River and the descent to the safari camp, where the nature attractions are including a very old single baobab and Mutale Falls. From the Mutale camp you will continue the safari to Pafuri, the northernmost gate of the Kruger National Park, where several extensions of the trip are possible.

Elephants Circle Route
Big Game enthusiasts will definitely want to take this route, from Polokwane going east through the Chuniespoort and the Stryd Gate Mountains. You spend the night in the Sekhukhuni Camp, built in Pedi-style in homage to the rebellious African king of the nineteenth century who refused to bow to the Farmers dominance. On the way to the area of ​​the "Big Five" you get to the Drakensberg Mountains, with its steep cliffs, pieces of native forest, grassy mountain slopes and vast plantations. Swarming with streams, waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and potholes - and the area has one of the largest canyons in the world. From the top of the mountain the route goes through a steep descent to the 23 000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve that looks like the Kruger National Park. Here walking safaris possible are organized, looking for elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and other wildlife, including buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes and zebras.


After staying at the camp you go to the Kruger National Park via the Orpen Gate to see more wildlife, before you leave the park again via the Phalaborwa Gate. Then you go westward to Letaba Ranch. Large groups of hippos and giant crocodiles can be seen from the riverbank.
The next stop is a camp in Shang Tibetan style Balani near the salt pans near the Little Letaba River. Here you have the opportunity to learn something about the Shangaan culture and ecology of the salt pans. The trip includes a visit to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve. The Modjadji cycad, which can be up to 13 meters high, is protected by several generations of Rain Queens.