Province is Africa undistilled. It is raw and wild and wonderfully enigmatic.
With about half of the Kruger National Park and many other game reserves,
it has miles and miles of untamed wilderness where the Big Five and other
animals roam in a space so large it may almost be considered unfenced.
This low-lying area, which is generally referred to as the Lowveld, is
archetypical Africa - broad-leafed open forest interspersed with grassy
plains dominated by huge bulbous baobab trees.
In stark contrast, the high-lying
Waterberg, which rises from the plain like a hippo standing up in a shallow
stream, has a totally different vegetation type, but is nevertheless a
fantastic game viewing destination with the added advantage of being malaria-free
- unlike Kruger and the Lowveld reserves. For wilderness of a different
kind, Limpopo Province has some of the most awesome wilderness hiking in
the world. The Blouberg and the Wolkberg (Blue Mountains and Cloud Mountains)
are wild and virtually untouched. Experienced hikers can explore spectacular
mountainous areas that few people have seen, and climbers can clock up
loads of first ascents. Deep and uncharted caves await those brave enough
to explore their depths and patient enough to endure the red tape necessary
to get permission to mount an expedition.
The Magoebaskloof area is
characterised by lovely mountain scenery. Pretty streams with tumbling
waterfalls and secluded rock pools wind their way through vast stands of
indigenous forest, many with laid out hiking trails. Limpopo has some of
the best horseback safaris in South Africa, including luxury trails in
the malaria-free Waterberg and one fabulous operation in a Big Five reserve
near Kruger. The white water rafting on the Mutale and Olifants Rivers
is wet and wild.
there's more to this fascinating place than animals, birds, mountains,
rivers and trees. With sacred forests clothed in mist, a hereditary semi-divine
queen who can make rain, and mystical lakes inhabited by mythical giant
serpents, it's a place of mystery and magic. Over Easter literally millions
of adherents of the Zionist Christian Church - a dynamic blend of charismatic
Christianity and traditional African beliefs - gather in the holy city
of Moria for a long weekend of frenzied devotion. Close to the borders
of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, Mapungubwe was a thriving city
state in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, and its remains have yielded
fascinating archaeological data, as well as some beautiful artefacts, the
most notable of which is an exquisitely worked gold rhino. It is a world
Dating from a similar era,
Thulamela, in the Kruger National Park, is also worth a visit. Of great
botanical, as well as anthropological, importance is Modjaji's Forest -
the largest stand of cycads in the world. Consisting of thousands of these
austerely beautiful primitive plants, some of which reach over 13m in height,
this magical forest has been under the personal protection of Modjaji -
the hereditary Rain Queen of the Lobedu people - for centuries. But Limpopo
also has its prosaic aspects. Huge iron mines dominate the landscape in
places, and the small towns serve mostly the large farming community that
breeds cattle and grows delicious tropical crops like avocadoes, citrus
fruit, litchis, mangoes, bananas, macadamia nuts, pecan nuts, coffee and
area around Bela-Bela (previously called Warmbaths)
is renowned for its therapeutic hot springs. In fact, there is a whole
string of hot springs all through the province, and the many private game
lodges and boutique hotels have attached wellness centres, so it's a great
venue for some pampering combined with a bit of game viewing.
For a real adventure, climb
into a hot air balloon for an aerial safari over the Lowveld game areas
adjoining the Kruger National Park. Flights take place over Kapama Game
Reserve and other lodges and reserves with suitable terrain, and the experienced
pilots and guides ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure over
'Big Five' country.
Note: If you are planning
to travel to the Kruger National Park or Lowveld please be aware that certain
parts of this region are malarial. Consult your doctor or travel clinic
Africa and The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
& GAME LODGES, COUNTRY HOTELS & RESORTS - LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH
(FORMERLY WARMBATHS) ACCOMMODATION - LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
|Bela-Bela is a town
in Limpopo Province and the name literally translates from the Tswana language
as "The pot that boils" or "boiling, boiling."
The town's name is apt, due
to the geothermic hot springs which gush from the ground at a temperature
of 53°C, situated around the town. While the town was originally dubbed
it changed its name in 2002.
Bela-Bela is located in the
Waterberg District, just off the N1 road between Pretoria and Polokwane
(Pietersburg). The town hosts a number of family resorts with play parks
and waterslides, as well as small game farms and several wellness centres
browsing accommodation in Bela-Bela
Luxury Private Game Lodge, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela
in the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve beneath the Waterberg Mountains near Bela-Bela,
Itaga Lodge is an affordable game lodge perfect for relaxation and adventure.
Itaga Lodge is located in a Malaria-free province, only 2 hours from Johannesburg,
just over an hour from Pretoria and a 30-minute drive from Bela-Bela and
offers an affordable game and spa experience. The Lodge is set in a thatched
central complex with a communal lounge with free WiFi, a cocktail bar with
a viewing deck overlooking a floodlit waterhole and an open-air bush boma.
Enjoy a massage or spa experience while viewing the Limpopo Bushveld at
the poolside, or in the comfort and privacy of your own room. Exercise
equipment is available to keep up your routine.
ACCOMMODATION - LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
|Hoedspruit, which is Afrikaans
for Hat Creek, is located at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg (Small Dragon
Mountains) in Limpopo Province, on the railway line from Tzaneen
to Kaapmuiden. While the town is still relatively small, it is becoming
a popular tourism destination due to its proximity to private game reserves
and the Kruger National Park. Eco-tourism
is a major contributor to the local economy.
Hot air balloon safaris are
available in the area and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre engages
in research and breeding of endangered species, notably cheetah, African
wild dog and black-footed cat.
for more accommodation in Hoedspruit
Private Game Reserve and Luxury Lodge, near Hoedspruit
lodge overlooking the Klaserie River in a private game reserve just 10
km from Kruger National Park. All meals are served in a candlelit dining
room or by the fireside in an enclosed patio boma. A sports bar next to
an outdoor pool offers and chance to relax and catch up with other guests,
while a lounge offers local art. The lodge offers a full board and 2 daily
photo safaris in open 4 x 4 vehicle on Elandela Private Game Reserve. Complimentary
pick-ups and drop-offs to the adjacent Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport are
available upon request.
Game Lodge, near Hoedspruit
Game Lodge is located in the Hoedspruit area of Limpopo Province, just
40 km from the Kruger National Parks Orpen Gate, The Blyde River Canyon
and the nearby Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Phelwana is the ideal
destination for guests wanting to relax in the South African Bushveld.
The lodge also offers a venue for Bushveld Birthday Parties and other celebrations
and conferences. A choice of full English
or Continental Breakfasts are served daily in the Phelwana Room. High tea
is served between 14h30 and 16h00 in the afternoon. In the evenings, enjoy
a traditional cooked meal with a great bottle of wine in the Phelwana restaurant
or relax in the African Boma.
Game Reserve, near Hoedspruit
Game Reserve is owned and managed by the Lawrie family and is located a
25 minute drive from Hoedspruit. Surrounded by nature and with views of
Skilderkrans Mountain, the lodge offers a perfect eco wildlife holiday
and has a plunge pool, verandah, a lounge and dining room plus a fully
licensed bar. Free WiFi is available in public areas. Guided game walks
and game drive opportunities are available and visits to nearby reserves
can be arranged by staff. The suites at Shikwari are tucked away in the
bush and decorated with colonial style furniture. Each suite has a private
bathroom, seating area and a small patio. The Pangolin Bush Camp is a more
rustic-style self-catering camp with communal amenities.
ACCOMMODATION - LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
located in the Mopani District Municipality of Limpopo Province, near the
confluence of the Ga-Selati River and the Olifants, around halfway up on
the eastern border of the Kruger National Park. The name derives from the
original "Ba-Phalaborwa" given to the area by the Sotho tribes who moved
here from the south. The name means "better than the south" in their language.
From as far back as 400 AD,
the Sothos mined and smelted iron ore and copper here and Masorini, close
to the Phalaborwa Gate, is a reconstructed Ba-Phalaborwa hill village with
huts, an iron smelting site and grain storage areas.
Phalaborwa is the only town
bordering the Kruger National Park,
and with the Mozambiquan border just two hours drive away, it is popular
tourist destination. For golfing fans, the Hans Merensky Golf Estate is
situated on the outskirts of Phalaborwa.
Other nearby natural attractions
include Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels, God's Window and Bourke's
Luck Potholes and the Tzaneen fruit farms and Hoedspruit
game farms can all be visited within a day.
Photo by Kyle
browsing accommodation in Phalaborwa
Lechere Guest House, Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province
Lechere Guest House has modern African décor and features en suite
rooms with a private patio. The guest house has an outdoor pool and is
located 7 minutes’ drive from the Phalaborwa Airport and 5 km from Kruger
National Park’s Phalaborwa Gate. The restaurant serves a complimentary
breakfast daily on the restaurant's deck overlooking the pool. Packed lunches
are available upon request. All rooms at La Lechere overlook the pool and
tropical garden, and are equipped with air conditioning, a satellite TV,
safe and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. Each room includes a minibar.
Services on offer include arranging excursions such as hot air balloon
rides over Kruger National Park, river cruises, massages and treatments.
ACCOMMODATION - LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
|Tzaneen is located
in the Mopani District Municipality of the Limpopo Province. It is known
as Limpopo's paradise and has the nickname "Land of Silver Mist" due to
a frequent mist that covers the mountains above the town. It is located
in lush, tropical surroundings and is home to Limpopo's highest mountain,
the Iron Crown Mountain, lying more than 2200 m above sea level. The Iron
Crown mountain, also known by its Afrikaans name Wolkberg, support Limpopo's
biodiversity and is home to the largest indigenous forest in the province.
Tzaneen thrives on the tourism
industry and has a great selection of country and town accommodation for
visitors. Among the many attractions around the town, visitors can enjoy
the beautiful Tzaneen Dam, Magoebaskloof, Haenertsburg and Wolkberg mountains.
The town is also situated
close to a number of game reserves and the town often serves as a thoroughfare
for tourists on their way to other tourist destinations in the province.
Kruger National Park is situated approximately 100 km (62 miles) away.
The Vervet Monkey Foundation is located just outside Tzaneen which cares
for over 600 vervet monkeys.
Photo by South
browsing accommodation in Tzaneen
Barune Guest House, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province
Barune Guest House offers elegant accommodation, just a 10-minute walk
from the Tzaneen Dam. The guest house has a swimming pool and Koi pond
and offers free WiFi and parking. A complimentary breakfast is served on
the patio each day. The property is located 1 km from the Tzaneen Lifestyle
Mall and the Oasis Shopping Centre, while the town centre is less than
3 km away. Polokwane Airport is 104 km from the property. All air-conditioned
rooms at La Barune offer views over the garden and the pool. Facililities
include a flat-screen satellite TV, desk and safe. Each room has complimentary
bottled spring water.
Lodge, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province
Lodge is set against the beautiful Magoebaskloof Mountains in Tzaneen.
A place of luxury, privacy and serenity in the heart of the Limpopo Valley,
Tamboti Lodge is ideally situated in a quiet suburb of Tzaneen and is easily
reached for a relaxing holiday. The property has safe parking and offers
free Wifi. Relax at the pool or enjoy a generous and delicious breakfast
in the dining room. All rooms are air-conditioned
and have a view of the exotic garden, a satellite LCD TV and tea/coffee
facilities. Each has a private bathroom and a minibar. The 24-hour reception
staff offers a shuttle service to Polokwane Airport, 100 km away. Johannesburg
is 420 km away from the property.
Country Lodge, Conference and Spa Hotel, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province
In the heart of the north
eastern lowveld you will find the award-winning Tzaneen Country Lodge,
famous for its superb service, friendly people and country cuisine.
At the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains - with an abundance of beautiful
scenery and attractions - the tastefully decorated Tzaneen Country Lodge
offers world-class hospitality, discreet security and outstanding service.
Exclusive and private, the lodge is nestled on 170 hectares of farmland
and indigenous forest. Tzaneen Country Lodge is in one of the most beautiful
regions in South Africa, only 95 km from the Phalaborwa Gate of the Kruger
National Park (voted best entrance gate into Kruger) and centrally located
to explore the beauty and magic of Limpopo in Africa.
Guest House, Bed & Breakfast, Tzaneen
Guest House is located in the tranquil suburb of Aqua Park, where camping
and fishing trips are only a walking distance away. Upon your arrival,
you will be received by our warm and friendly staff members. Together,
we look after you like you're family! Tzaneen Guest House is centrally
located so you, our guests, are always near an attraction or two. Whether
you're looking to have a field day out and about in our beautiful town,
or would like to while your time away indoors and in the comfort of our
accommodation, there is something for you.
locations in Limpopo Province
National Park Game & Safari Lodges
Africa and The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park by Edward Kirwan
South Africa has become, in
recent years an increasingly popular tourist destination. For many tourists
the size and diversity is so huge that the whole is difficult to grasp.
The National Game Parks have long been a favourite tourist destination.
The formation of the The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park takes this to
a new era. This is an ambitious, achievable and sustainable project between
the governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
South Africa enjoys tourism:
Tourism is one of South Africa's
fastest-growing industries. South Africa was rated the best holiday
destination in Africa in 2005. South Africa caters for high-income travellers
looking for "something unique". The country's Shamwari Game Reserve
was voted the World's best Safari and Game Reserve 2006
The breathtaking beauty and
exciting activities that South Africa offers you, the international visitor,
are as boundless as the majestic skies.
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier
Park (GLTP) will link:
The famous Kruger National Park
currently attracts 1.3 million visitors a year. It now has growing numbers
of travellers heading to it via Phalaborwa Gate in Limpopo province, and
driving across the park to Girriyondo Gate, a fairly recently opened border
post into Mozambique's Limpopo National Park.
Limpopo National Park in Mozambique
Kruger National Park in South
Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji
Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe
Additionally two areas between
Kruger and Gonarezhou, namely the Sengwe communal land in Zimbabwe and
the Makuleke region in South Africa.
GLTP will initially cover some
40,000sq. km. rising to 100,000 sq.km.
It is an 8 hour journey along
rough roads to get to the coast in Mozambique, but the scenery is astounding
and the journey certainly worth the effort. To travel through 'the world's
greatest animal kingdom' is the thrill of a lifetime.
The Transfrontier Concept
The first proposal was in
1938, by ecologist Gomes de Sousa. Designed for the protection of
eco-systems across international borders. To encourage collaboration
and co-operation between Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. To
develop trans-border eco-tourism bringing social and economic development
to the region. To remove artificial barriers that impedes the natural
movement of animals.
This enormous undertaking
in re-establishing the ecosystem of the area and demands the attention
of the wider world as a lesson in peaceful co-operation. Visiting the Great
Limpopo Transfrontier Park will not only be memorable but will aid the
local inhabitants to develop this mighty undertaking.
Kruger National Park, among
others, has a well established tourist infrastructure. They are participants
of this huge undertaking. By visiting The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
you will not only have the time of your life, you will be aiding a great
eco-sensitive and peaceful cause. You will help you build a stepping-stone
in the new African history.
South Africa, Mozambique
and Zimbabwe are to be congratulated for their vision.
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