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Holiday destinations in Limpopo

15.12.2015

Game viewing is simply fantastic and possibly the best in the country, making the province the preferred eco-tourism destination in Southern Africa. Limpopo offers some of the country’s most spectacular mountain scenery, which beckons hikers, climbers and bikers to be adventurous, while the ample mystic cultural destinations intrigue both local as well as international tourists.

Pafuri best birding drives:
Pafuri produces arguably the most exciting birding in Kruger. The picnic site can be reached by taking an early start from Punda Maria, or staying at Pafuri River Camp near Pafuri Gate. Head for the Luvuhu River Bridge, keeping an eye out for Armot’s chats in the well-developed mopane woodlands.

Nylsvley Nature Reserve:
Nylsvley is one of the top birding spots in Southern Africa, with at least 365 species recorded. A Ramsar site is known for the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world.

Amarula Lapa:
Limpopo (Phalaborwa) is also home to the famous Amarula Cream Liqueur. The Amarula Lapa is a promotional tasting and tourist visitor centre situated 10km outside Phalaborwa. Amarula Cream, made from the fruit of the indigenous marula tree (also known as the marriage tree or elephant tree), dates back to 1989 and has since grown into a world leader among liqueurs.

Waterberg Biosphere Reserve:
The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is situated within the Bushveld. The Waterberg, as the name implies, serves as a water reservoir for this dry region. It is an an environment that contains considerable biodiversity, including numerous large mammals including some of the Big Five.

Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage Site:
Southern Africa is often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Humankind’. Archeaological sites such as Sterkfontein and Makapans Caves add significant credence to this theory.

The whole area has a significant number of San Rock Art sites dating back as many as fifteen thousand years ago. This brought the number to five of South African sites that have been awarded World Heritage status. The Mapungubwe World Heritage Site has been incorporated into the Mapungubwe National Park.

Kruger National Park:
Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park (70 percent of which is in the Limpopo province).

The park provides sanctuary to 147 species of mammals which include the Big Five, 505 birds, 116 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibian species within its 16 different ecosystems.

The Kruger Park also boasts many cultural heritage and rock art sites. At Thulamela in the Pafuri area, the remains of a late Iron Age settlement believed to have been inhabited from the 15th to the mid-17th century has been restored and preserved.

Bela-Bela:
A visit to Bela-Bela provides a unique and invigorating family holiday in the heart of the unspoilt Waterberg.

Long before the mineral waters at Bela-Bela were used therapeutically, they were discovered by the Tswana people in the 1800’s and named it Bela- Bela, meaning ‘the water that boils on its own’.

 

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Article written by Roelof de Jonge
15.12.2015
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