Limpopo safaris, tours & holiday packagesSouth Africa's most northerly and wildest province
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Highlights of this little-visited subtropical province include the remote northern section of the Kruger National Park and the medieval relicts of an indigenous gold-trading empire at Mapungubwe
The main attraction in Limpopo, as in Mpumalanga, is the Kruger Park, the largest Big Five game reserve in South Africa. True, the part of Kruger that lies within Limpopo is less well developed for tourism than the park's southern counterpart, and thus sees relatively few international visitors. But northern Kruger is still serviced by several rest camps and good tar roads, and it retains a wilder and more untrammelled character that is ideal for adventurous self-drive exploration.
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I love the untrammelled feel of Limpopo. It is epitomised by the stark rocky hills of Mapungubwe National Park, and also by wonderful game-viewing circuits along the lushly vegetated Shingwedzi and Luvuvhu Rivers as they run through northern Kruger.
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Limpopo is named after the river that runs along South Africa's northern border with Zimbabwe and Botswana. Opposite the tripartite border between these countries lies Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site named after Mapungubwe Hill, the capital of an ancient, and wealthy, trade empire that once supplied gold, copper, and ivory to East Africa's Swahili Coast.
Guided tours to the top of the hill run daily, and a newly opened museum houses some of the artifacts unearthed there, most famously a 12-centimetre-long, gold-leaf-covered rhino carving discovered in 1933. The park also supports elephants and other wildlife. Elsewhere, Modjadji Nature Reserve, named after a matriarchal line of rain queens that live in the area, supports the world’s largest concentration of cycads. For birders, Nylsvley Nature Reserve near Modimolle protects a seasonal wetland that attracts large flocks of water-associated species, including several rarities, in summer.
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…