Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa. It is also named after the Limpopo River, which forms the province’s western and northern borders. The name “Limpopo” has its origin in the Northern Sotho language meaning “strong gushing waterfalls”. The capital is Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg).
The Limpopo African Experience
Limpopo is truly a taste of Africa. The province borders Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It’ is also known for bushveld and wildlife reserves, including part of Kruger National Park. To the west of the Kruger are the craggy Blouberg mountains and Makgabeng Plateau with ancient African rock art. Near the provincial capital Polokwane, is the Arend Dieperink Museum. Here, fossil-rich caves of Makapansgat explore history dating back to early hominids. Limpopo is closely connected to the SADC countries, This makes Limpopo the ideal point for exploring the wealth and diversity of this exciting part of the African continent. In addition, the province has a long and cultural history. The result – African mixes of European and African, western and traditional, battles, war and peace.
Regardless of its history, Limpopo is fondly known as the “Great North”. On the surface, Limpopo is a broad, boundless area. A landscape bronzing itself in the heat of the warm African sun. Indeed, as you look beyond, the land reveals an African beauty. Limpopo brings interest, entertainment and adventure in generous amounts.
West of Polokwane, Vaalwater town offers craft shops and outdoor activities. Vaalwater lies amid the rocky mountains and bushman paintings of the Waterberg Biosphere. Further to the south lies Nylsvley Nature Reserve‘s bird-filled wetlands. And so too the town of Bela-Bela with its hot springs. At the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, the Mapungubwe National Park is characterised by glowing sandstone hills, big game and a lost African kingdom. There is also Limpopo’s highest peak, Iron Crown, which towers over the misty Magoebaskloof mountains. Moving just east, in the lush surroundings of Tzaneen town, stands the massive Sunland Baobab tree with a pub in its hollow trunk.
Limpopo Baobab Trees
The giant Baobab tree is the world’s largest and oldest living tree. The Baobab tree grows close to the Kruger National Park and is a favourite tourist attraction. The Baobab tee is more than 2000 years old and she is still growing at approximately one (1) cm per year. Even further back in ancient times, kings, elders and leaders held meetings in the shade of the huge Baobab trees. There were times when humans made homes inside her huge trunks. In fact, the room inside the Baobab once served as a fridge for a bush bar during the gold rush days in Leydsdorp. The Baobab or Kremetart tree was declared a protected tree under the Forest Act of 1941. She consists of 80% moisture and stores up to 120,000 litres of water to endure harsh droughts.
Popular travel periods include winter season (Jun–Aug). South African school holidays in Dec–Jan & Mar–Apr. Prime months for big-game sighting in Kruger National Park are May–Aug. Climate varies by region but in general the province experiences very hot, dry summer seasons (Oct–Mar). The rainy season (Dec–Jan) and mild, dry winter seasons with cold nights. Furthermore, key annual events include the Berry Festival (Haenertsburg, Feb). Magoebaskloof & Haenertsburg Spring Festival (Haenertsburg, Sep–Oct), featuring food, crafts and a flower show.
Travel and Accommodation
It is a place of beautiful and contrasting landscapes. This qualifies it as a truly authentic travel and accommodation African destination. Limpopo is a popular destination for adventure travellers the world over. Besides a combination of scenic natural wonder and man-made attractions, Limpopo has plenty to offer the tourist. Notably, it is rich in cultural heritage, abundant wildlife and outdoor nature adventure activities. In South Africa, Limpopo hotels offer the best in travel and accommodation. The provinced boats lavish country inns to wildlife reserve resort hotels. The province is not short of great parks and reserves and fantastic game viewing.
With unspoiled scenery and prolific wildlife of Limpopo, South Africa offers great 4×4 adventures and trails. Explore the vast lands which give great hiking opportunities and a chance to explore Africa the way it was meant to be. Especially walking its hills and valleys and exploring the bushveld and plains. Therefore, this is quite a thrill for nature lovers. Don’t hesitate then to explore, let TANDASA help you find the perfect Limpopo accommodation for your adventure holiday or business trip