South Africa is an independent country situated on the southern most tip of Africa. It is divided into 9 provinces of which the Northern Province (Limpopo) is the northern most province bordering onto Mocambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana thus making it the ideal entrance to Africa. The Northern Province offers a mosaic of exceptional scenic landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife species and many nature-based tourism opportunities.
It is a land of legends and myths and of ancient civilizations. Those in search of history will find many places of archaeological significance that yielded relics dating back millions of years. But probably our greatest asset is our people. They are warm and friendly and ready to share the abundance of their province.
Modern towns, good roads and excellent accommodation establishments will also enable tourists to enjoy to the full our fascinating province. We are very proud of the quality and diversity of our tourism product and the hospitality of our people. We extend an invitation to you to come and discover it for yourself. We know that you will not be disappointed.
The Northern Province reflects the quintessence of untamed Africa - ancient baobabs guarding vast expanses of mountains and bushveld; cicada symphonies heralding hot breathless afternoons; the call of the nightjar punctuating the cover of darkness.
The Northern Province is a land of dramatic contrasts characterised by hot savannah plains and mist-clad mountains; age-old indigenous forests and cycads alongside latter-day plantations; ancient mountain fortresses and the luxury of contemporary infrastructure and modern-day facilities.
An area where the juxtaposition of old and new never ceases to amaze, it is moreover a land of legend and romance that will intrigue present-day visitors with tales of ancient tribes and fearless pioneers who braved the unknown in the days of old. To this day the province is the home of the enigmatic rain queen who, as the legends of her people proclaim, has the mystical power to make rain.
Steeped in history, the Northern Province celebrates a rich cultural heritage and at many archaeological sites the mysteries of the past and ancient peoples are still being unearthed. The present tranquillity of the province belies a turbulent past, to which many monuments and museums attest.
Much of the land, particularly in the Kruger National Park and other game and nature reserves, is unspoilt providing sanctuary to large numbers of game. And for those who wish to experience the thrill of Africa in a more tangible manner, wilderness areas and trails, hunting safaris and hikes may provide the solution.
The four regions of the Northern Province represent a microcosm of varied and interesting cultures, growing industries and an expanding tourism industry. Each region is unique, each worth a visit.
The beauty and infinite variety of the province will not only delight all who visit, but will entice visitors back again and again.
Known as the ‘Great North’, Limpopo province is home to ancient lands and pre-historic secrets. This is home to Modjadji, the fabled Rain Queen, The Stone Age and Iron age relics of Makapansgat Valley and the treasures of Mapungubwe. Straddling the northern Kruger Park, Limpopo province boasts wildlife safaris and nature trails depicting untamed Africa at its finest. This is the land of wide-open bushveld, big-sky country, the ever-present thorn tree and the mystical baobab tree.
South Africa’s northernmost province, Limpopo borders onto Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana thus making it the ideal gateway to Africa. The Limpopo province celebrates a rich cultural heritage and at many archaeological sites the mysteries of the past and ancient peoples are still being unearthed. Historians reveal that the first black Africans moved across the Limpopo into what became known as South Africa before 300 AD.
BESIENSWAARDIGHEDE IN LIMPOPO
Makapansgat Valley: Directly linked to the history of the Cradle of Humankind, where in February 1925, Professor Raymond Dart announced the discovery of the first ‘ape-man’. The caves at Makapansgat Valley have rendered fossils dating back 3,3 million years. Stone Age and Iron Age relics have also been located here.
Mapungubwe: Mapungubwe is situated at the confluence of the Sashi and Limpopo Rivers. The great ruins at Mapungubwe, in the Limpopo River Valley, show remains of the first and greatest ever South African kingdom to have flourished. Mapungubwe indicates remains of human occupation in and around 850 AD. The artifacts at Mapungubwe illustrate a flourishing trade and advanced social systems of African kingdoms in the 13th century. Mapungubwe was recently declared a Unesco World Heritage site.
Modjadji Cycad Nature Reserve: In the Lobedu Mountains near Duiwelskloof and situated next to the home of the fabled rain queen, boasting some of the oldest and largest cycad specimens on earth.
Bela-Bela: Known as ‘Warmbaths’ for a few decades, because of the hot mineral spring at its centre, gateway to the southern Waterberg and Thabazimbi, it offers cheap accommodation and fun for the whole family.
Lake Fundudzi and the Vondo Forest: Said to be the sacred burial ground of the royal Venda clan, the area is also said to be protected by a python god.
Dzata Ruins: Built in around 1700, and once the flourishing capital of the Venda empire. Dzata was occupied for only about 60 years and was last ruled by the great Thohoyandou who forged the Venda nation from clans already living in the Soutpansberg.
Lapalala Wilderness: This 25 000 hectare wilderness in the Waterberg contains rare roan and sable antelope, white and black rhino and a plethora of animals and birds. Lapalala is a sanctuary for endangered animals.
Haernertsburg: Known as the ‘Land of the Silver Mist’, this gorgeous village in the misty Magoebaskloof mountains near the town of Tzaneen is famous for its cherries, azaleas and abundant flora and birdlife
Nylsvlei: A 160km nature reserve enclosing one of the most beautiful wetlands in South Africa. Offering 150 species of bird, including some of the most rare species on the planet.
Horse-back Safaris: The Waterberg is recognized as one of the best places to take part in horse-back safaris.