Wild Limpopo: 10 reason to explore this beautiful gateway to Africa

2016-11-27 06:00
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cultural experience Performers from the Makuleke community who use dance, drama and song to present the story of how their tribe was forced off its land by apartheid authorities in 1969 PHOTO: Gideon Mendel / getty images

Limpopo is one of South Africa wildest and most untamed provinces. Here are some interesting facts you might not have known about and why you should plan you next Sho't Left there...

1. Limpopo, previously called the Northern Province, is South Africa’s wildest and most untamed province and is a land of beautiful and contrasting landscapes, which is typical of Africa. Hence it has become a favourite destination for leisure and adventure travellers worldwide.

2. It is located in the far northern part of South Africa and shares borders with three neighbouring countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. For this reason, the province is known as the gateway to other African countries.

3. Limpopo also shares provincial borders with Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West and has a land area of 123 910km², with a population of 5.3 million.

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'Infinite scenic beauty' 

4. The region is full of infinite scenic beauty with a great diversity of natural and human-made attractions, a rich cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife, nature-based tourism opportunities and it is also a sports destination. Some must see attractions in Limpopo include Modjadji cycad forest, The Mapungubwe Heritage Site and The Ribolla Cultural Route.  

5. The name Limpopo derives from the Limpopo River that rises in the interior of Africa and flows generally eastwards towards the Indian Ocean. It is the second-largest river in Africa that drains to the east after the Zambezi River. It flows in a great arc, first zigzagging northeast and north, then turning east and finally southeast. At this point it serves as a border for about 640km, separating South Africa on the southeast bank from Botswana in the northwest and Zimbabwe on the north.

'Home to one of Africa's best networks of protected areas and nature reserves'

6. Limpopo’s network of protected areas and nature reserves is among the best on the African continent. Through these nature reserves, it seeks to preserve our natural heritage for future generations and to share it with the international community. It has spectacular mountain scenery that beckons hikers, climbers and bikers, while mystic cultural destinations intrigue both local and international tourists. The game viewing is fantastic and possibly the best in the country - see what's special about the Waterberg here.

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7. Limpopo’s landscape and vegetation vary from one area to the other. The vegetation ranges from tropical forests, bush and shrubs to semi-desert areas with small trees and bushes. The landscape also ranges from mountainous to flat land.

8. Limpopo is known for its arts and crafts, both traditional and contemporary – especially in Venda, a subtropical region famed for its culture, mythology, wood carvers, potters and sculptors.

9. The province is endowed with abundant agricultural resources and it is one of the country’s prime agricultural regions noted for the production of livestock, fruit and vegetables, cereals and tea. Limpopo is the bread and fruit basket of South Africa, producing up to 60% of all fruit, vegetables, maize meal, wheat and cotton. More than 45% of the R2 billion annual turnover of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market comes from Limpopo.

10. The province produces about 75% of South Africa’s mangoes, 65% of its papayas, 36% of its tea, 25% of its citrus, bananas and litchis, 60% of its avocados and tomatoes, 285 000 tons of potatoes, and 35% of its oranges. One of the major players is ZZ2, which is the largest privately owned producer of tomatoes in the world and supplies 40% of South Africa’s tomatoes.

So there you have it, if you ever thought the northernmost province on Limpopo has nothing much to offer, shame on you.

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