Limpopo (pron.: /lɪmˈpoʊpoʊ/) is the northernmost province of South Africa. It was named after the Limpopo River; “Limpopo” means “waterfalls” in Zulu and other Nguni languages. The capital is Polokwane, formerly named Pietersburg. A notable consideration for the name was Mapungubwe, the area where the most ancient gold-using civilisation of the province was discovered a few years earlier. It is not your usual tourist destination, considering how attractive the Garden Route, Natal, the Cape and the Game Reserves are. Nevertheless it is extremely popular among Eco tourists and backpackers, due to the biodiversity found here.
Its proximity to the SADC countries (Southern Africa Development Community) makes Limpopo the perfect springboard for exploring the riches of this exciting part of the African continent.
They call it the Great North. On the surface, it is a broad, boundless area, a landscape tanning itself in the heat of the African sun. However, let this not deter you because a look beyond reveals a land of immense beauty that brings interest and entertainment in generous amounts.
These are ancient lands, attested by the recently encrypted Mapungubwe World heritage site in the Limpopo Valley and Makapans Caves near Mokopane (Potgietersrus).
Limpopo is a land of beautiful and contrasting landscape, which is typical of Africa hence it has become a favourite destination for leisure and adventure travellers worldwide. Come to a region of infinite scenic beauty with a great diversity of natural and manmade attractions, rich cultural heritage and an abundance of wildlife and nature-based tourism opportunities.
Our network of protected areas and nature reserves are amongst the best in the African continent. Through these nature reserves, we seek to preserve our natural heritage for future generations and for sharing with the international community.
In the following posts I am going to share a few things you can do in Limpopo.