5 Glorious stays to make the most of magical Limpopo

2015-12-15 12:59 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - Limpopo province is home to beautiful cycad trees, an enthralling history of royalty and magical outdoor adventures.  

The heart of Limpopo is home to the only matrilineal dynasty in South Africa. The tale of Modjadji, the Rain Queen of the Balobedu people has become an encumbering root to this area of South Africa, intriguing many to this small SA province, named after the Limpopo river, which flows on the western and northern boarders of it. 

READ: 5 Things that make Limpopo one of SA’s most adventurous little nooks

So if you are looking for a special historical treat this summer - Limpopo will appeal to the outdoor adventure seeker and the off-the-beaten path lovers. The wildlife, waterfalls and green fauna makes for a cooling treat to summer heat and chaotic crowds. 

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Some of the cyads reach over 10 metres high and their cones weigh up to 30 kilograms. A stroll through the reserve, a walk through the forests, a swim in a rock pool or standing outside in Limpopo's summer rain will make you feel the magic of Limpopo. 

Limpopo stays for everyone:

Izintaba Lodge - Waterberg

This private lodge is on a private reserve making it one of Waterberg's best kept secrets. Travellers can go mountain biking in the bush and choose from many walks and hikes among the flora and fauna. There is a marked area leading down to a kloof with waterfalls and rockpools to enjoy in the hot weather. 

There are many different trees in the area and going on a tree-spotting tour is a popular adventure.

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Vhembe luxury lodge - Vhembe

If you are looking for a beautiful house to retreat to this is an ideal option - easily accessible from Johannesburg and Zimbabwe. It sits underneath tall trees which provides shade on hot summer days. In the surrounding areas you can explore numerous 4X4 trails, bird watching and local cultural activities. 

Softwaters Farm Guesthouse

Louis Trichardt, Limpopo, South Africa
The Guesthouse is available to book as a selfcatering unit. There are two bedrooms with en-suite facilities. Amenities for extra persons can be made available on request at an additional cost.
Louis Trichardt Rentals

Tshipise A Forever Resort - Thsipise

This resort is really fun for everyone with no hard challenges to push your buttons. Children, grandparents and couples will all be entertained. You can go on guided wildlife tours on horseback for a fun day outing, a dip in the soothing rheumatic pool and or even a fun swim in the rock pools.

Sports lovers will enjoy brushing up on their skills at the tennis, volley ball and putt putt courts. 

Magoebaskloof Hotel - Magoebaskloof

If you would love to be pampered and spoilt for choice with activities this could seem like you've already found your Limpopo magic. Located in the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, there is an abundance of cycads and a sultry subtropical climate.

The recommended way to explore the forest - home to fun monkeys, bushpigs and impala, is to do it barefoot. Surrounding the hotel there are a number of dams and walking trails around the Ebenezer Dam and Tzaneen Dam. 

Leokwe Camp - Mapungubwe National park 

If you would like to spend some time in the the wild without the bothers of holiday traffic, noise and big crowds a few days within the park is all you need. You can explore the tree tops on a raised canopy walk offering views of the Limpopo River, the natural amphitheaters, enjoy a sunset walk, bush braai or a swim in the rock pool. 

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