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.
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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