Cape Town – If you’re one of those travellers who think the northernmost province on Limpopo has nothing much to offer, shame on you!
Not only are you dissing a magical little nook in SA, you’re missing out on some of the best wildlife and nature experiences in the country.
Here are five reasons we love Limpopo:
1. It has the magical Magoebaskloof
Magoebaskloof is a lush forested area in the mist belt of the northern Drakensberg. Known as The Land of the Silver Mist this area has been an inspiration to many travellers.
Our Top 5 things to do here are:
Hiking and spending the night on the Magoebaskloof Hiking trail or in the Wolkberg Wilderness area.
See Magoebaskloof from above as you abseilf into the Letaba Gorge with their Canopy Tours.
Visiting the giant baobab near Modjadjiskloof.
Playing in the Debengeni Waterfall.
2. Let’s face it: Limpopo is one of the best provinces when it comes to SA Wildlife
The Kruger National Park straddles both Mpumalanga and Limpopo and is the obvious draw card making it one of the hottest destinations for wildlife lovers in SA. But there are so many more parks, reserves and centres in this northern most province that offer unique wildlife experiences. We especially love the rehab and wildlife care centres in this area.
Here are a few of our favourites spots:
- Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
WATCH: Then and Now - the cutest friendship between a rhino and a lamb
- Kinyonga Reptile Center
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
- Bambelela Wildlife Care & Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm
- Adventures with Elephants
3. The Soutpansberg is one of SA’s best kept secrets
The Soutpansberg, South Africa's northernmost mountain range, takes its name from the salt pans that lie at its base near the western end.
These pans have supplied communities with salt from prehistoric times to today.
Highlights in this sandstone mountain range include Climbing to the top of Lajuma, the highest peak of the Soutpansberg overlooking the wide expanses of the bushveld.
If you’re staying over in the lodges and retreats in the mountains, you can also opt for an interpretive trail through the area. There are many mountain swimming pools underneath natural waterfalls where you can cool off along the way.
4. If you’re into fishing, Limpopo’s your province
Fish the tranquil waters of Dap Naude Dam or at Beja Hengelparadys in the Albasini dam.
There's also Bloempoort, DissiPlek Fishing Resort, Klaserie Dam...
... Matlala Aloe Park, Magoebaskloof Getaway and Pafuri River camp.
5. It's Baobab country...
There is controversy over which is the biggest baobab in SA.
Technically, the Sagole Big Tree the largest baobab in SA, with a trunk diameter 10.47m. This baobab is located east from Tshipise, in Vendaland.
The other contender for ‘Biggest Baobab’ is the Sunland Baobab located on Sunland Farm, near Modjadjiskloof (previously known as Duiwelskloof). This big boy’s trunk consists of two connected parts. Each of these parts has its own enormous hollow connected with a narrow passage. Its diameter is 10.64m, with a circumference of 33.4m.
Glencoe Baobab is also a contender. The tree is located in Glencoe Farm, near Hoedspruit, and, before its trunk split in 2009, had a trunk diameter of 15.9m and circumference of 47m!
Since the two latter trees have split trunks, they aren’t technically considered the largest single baobabs in SA – regardless of their circumferences.
Yet whatever way you look at it, Limpopo has some big, bad ass baobabs.
The Sunland Baobab even has a bar built in its hollow centre where you should definitely have a beer or two.
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