South African Travel Tips When Visiting Limpopo
The Limpopo Province has exceptional beauty of the landscapes, the rich cultural heritage that lives on in the legends and traditions, the prolific wildlife protected in sanctuaries such as the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the significant archaeological treasures preserved in reverence and the solid tourism infrastructure and facilities make the home of the enigmatic Rain Queen, the Limpopo province, a truly magical and wonderful space to explore.
Summers are hot, yet pleasant (up to late twenties/mid-thirties degrees Celsius), although Lowveld places like Phalaborwa have been known to reach 45 degrees Celsius. Winters are dry and mild with cool mornings and cold nights compared to warm days. Thunderstorms are common.
Bead work; Venda art; Big Five souvenirs; wooden carvings and pots; jewellery; traditional figure chess boards; fruits and nuts; textiles; batiks; woven carpets; pottery; sheet metal work; silk-screen prints; sisal mats; candles; date liqueur.
TOP ATTRACTIONS DESCRIPTION:
African Ivory Route:
For lovers of the African wilderness in untamed form, the 2000km Ivory Route explores the legendary exploits of the early ivory hunters and gold traders in an area where large herds of elephants still roam today; popular with eco-tourists, 4x4 and outdoor adventurers; the route traverses 5 major mountain ranges and provide exclusive accommodation in 12 scenically situated camps.
An internationally renowned health and holiday resort ideal for families looking for an invigorating escape; hot mineral springs and spa promote healing for ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pains, skin problems and headaches; you will also find the largest commercial crocodile farm in South Africa as well as game reserves against a Bushveld backdrop.
Once the habitat of the springbok, much of the plains are now carpeted with agricultural fields, but conservationists are re-stocking game at various private reserves; a famous landmark is the solitary hill called Kranskop, believed by locals to be the burial place of ancient chiefs and by Voortrekkers to be the remnant of an ancient pyramid; hunting, off-road motorbike rallies and historic as well as farming towns are featured.
Beautiful bushveld environment with multi-cultural community and historical significance as seen in its ancient caves and San rock art; enjoy bushveld food and drink alongside traditional dancing in Big Five areas; don't miss the National Heritage Site of Makapan's Valley, one of the most notable archaeological and historical sites in the country.
Named after an impressive mountain range, the area has endless expanses of bush incl. baobab, great wildlife, a profusion of birds, historical sites and exciting adventure opportunities incl. excellent hunting; don't miss Makhado (Louis Trichardt) and surrounds, Musina (Messina), Thoyoyando & Venda and several meanders through areas of interest.
The Waterberg Savannah Biosphere Reserve:
Spectacular, world-renowned wilderness area offering the ultimate bush and 4x4 experience; visit Lephalale (Ellisras) for hunting, Modimolle (Nylstroom) for its variety of outdoor recreation options and Thabazimbi for hunting and eco-tourism.
Colourful subtropical garden town in the picturesque Letaba district below Magoebaskloof makes for one of South Africa's most attractive tourist areas; don't miss the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, the unique Modjadji Cycad Reserve - home of the legendary Rain Queen, the Big Baobab tree, Tzaneen Museum and Tsonga Kraal.
Picturesque village in the heart of the 'Land of the Silver Mist' with some of South Africa's most beautiful indigenous forests and grasslands and home to the annual world-renowned Spring Cherry and Azalea Blossom Festival in September; ideal for bird watching, hiking, fly-fishing, mountain biking, horse and 4x4 trails; must-sees incl. Magoebaskloof mountain pass, Wolkberg Wilderness Area, Woodbush State Forest and Ebenezer Dam.