Craving an authentic African experience without the hassle of border crossings and costly international flights? Look no further than the Limpopo Province where you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the “Real Africa”.
A short flight from Cape Town and mere four-hour drive from Johannesburg, transports you away from the hustle and bustle of city life and into the magical African Bushveld. Bordering on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Limpopo is often referred to as the “Gateway to Africa”. Awe-inspiring scenic beauty, an abundance of wildlife and cultural treasures put this region on par with best Africa has to offer. Here are five reasons Limpopo is the Real Deal:
- Big Five and More
Limpopo offers some of the best opportunities for Big Five game viewing in South Africa. In fact, a day visit to Kruger National Park, one of South Africa’s oldest and most popular game parks, presents a good chance of spotting all five in one day! Considered a top birding destination, avid birder watchers flock North to enjoy the unique species and habitat diversity. To add to the excitement, the Greater Limpopo Birding Route presents a birder’s dream: the thrill of possibly discovering a new species altogether, as large portions of the route remain unexplored.
- Land of the Baobabs
Few things on this earth can rival the beauty and majesty conjured by the silhouette of a baobab tree at sunset. These giants are a true icon of Africa and although found in other parts of the continent, they have become synonymous with the Limpopo Province. Standing beneath one, gazing up at its network of root-like branches is an unmistakably African experience. Head north to Tshipise to check out Sagole Baobab, South Africa’s largest baobab tree, where you will automatically be transformed into a humble ant by comparison.
- Mosaic of Contrasts
Although famed for the natural beauty of its African bushveld, Limpopo offers a great diversity of scenic landscapes. From vast plains of open savanna to the dramatic rock formations of the Waterberg Mountains to the lush, green Afromontane forests of the Magoebaskloof, travelling through this region one is taken on a visual journey you will never want to escape from.
- Treasure Trove of Culture
Venture up to the Soutpansberg Mountains and you will enter the homeland of the Venda, a fascinating people with ancestry tracing back to the Mapungubwe Kingdom (9th century), one of the largest kingdoms in Africa. Exploring their captivating history and culture, steeped in mystique and legend, is not-to-be-missed. The Ribola Art Route and Mapungubwe Heritage Site offer an exciting opportunity to peer into the past, gaining insight into the ancient traditions and cultures kept alive today.
- Home of our Ancestors
It is one thing to learn about early humans from the four walls of a museum exhibit, but it is quite another to sit in a cave in the Makapan’s Valley, studying ancient fossils and rock paintings, imagining what the lives of our ancestors may have looked like; pondering what stories were shared around campfires many thousands of years ago. A visit to one of the many historical sites around the Limpopo Province is a must to learn the secrets of this intriguing land, as old as time, and the first people to walk them.
Turns out you don’t have to locate that long lost passport of yours to get your African fix. Simply crossing the provincial border to Limpopo will have you living out your wildest Out of Africa fantasies and so much more!