Limpopo province in South Africa is named after the Limpopo River. Also bordered by Botswana Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana Limpopo province offer visitors beautiful natural attractions, rich cultural heritage and an authentic bushveld experience. This is also the province of South Africa’s first kingdom the Kingdom of Mapungubwe. There is a lot to see and experience in the northernmost province of South Africa. Start planning your visit to Limpopo with our list of 11 things to do and see in Limpopo.
1. Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo
To begin with, the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is one of the best attractions found in Limpopo Province. The national park is one for the bucket list because it is full of history, cultural attractions, amazing landscape and wildlife. There is a lot of things to do such as game drives, walking trails. There are also braai areas and picnic areas here to relax with family and friends. Furthermore, you will be able to see a couple of animals such as the big 5. The facilities are well run making it such a great place to unwind and escape the world.
2. Sagole Baobab Tree
Secondly, the Sagole Baobab tree or the big tree is a must-see while visiting Limpopo. Sagole is the biggest baobab tree in the world. The tree is believed to be 3 500 years old and stands 22 metres high. In terms of location, the tree is at a place commonly known by locals as Zwigodini. It’s a beautiful and serene place to visit and spend some time admiring nature. The big tree is also referred to as the “tree of life” because it can be used for various things by locals such as medicine and shelter.
Makgoebaskloof is such a lovely drive and mini-getaway for locals and visitors. The scenic mountainous pass is covered by a lush and evergreen subtropical forest which is a marvel to look at. This is a bucket list place to drive through for all road trip lovers. Furthermore, waterfalls along the way make it a great place for all photographers to be. Make sure you drive carefully and keep your eyes on the road as each turn has a surprise.
4. Tee off in Limpopo
Limpopo province has positioned itself as a great golf destination. Lots of golfing great’s usually visit to tee off in the scenic Limpopo province. The province also plays host to the Limpopo golf championship every year. The golf resorts in the Limpopo province are perfect for the whole family. As previously stated Limpopo is a bucket-list golf destination with some top golf resorts namely Zebula Golf Estate, Euphoria Golf Estate and Legends Golf Safari and Resort offer a great experience.
5. Bela Bela hot springs
The Limpopo province has a rich source of natural hot springs. Bela Bela is famous for its hot springs because of the geothermic hot springs. This is a bucket list place to visit to enjoy the best of the hot springs in Limpopo. Bela Bela Limpopo offers visitors a great time to unwind and relax while swimming in the natural hot springs. Furthermore, you will enjoy a majestic mountain landscape view of the surrounding area.
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6. Thathe Vondo Forest
The Thathe Vondo forest is regarded as the most majestic and beautiful forest in the Limpopo region. Thathe Vondo is also regarded as sacred by the local Venda people. Also, the forest is a peaceful place to be that is filled with majestic views all around. Different types of trees make up the Thathe Vondo Forest. Some of the things to do there are visiting the Thathe Vondo dam and having a local guide who can guide you and tell you about the history of the forest would be great.
7. Lake Fundudzi, Limpopo
Next on your bucket list must be Lake Fundudzi which is also another sacred site in Limpopo. The lake lies in the heart of Soutpansberg and is the only natural lake of its kind in South Africa. Lake Fundudzi is formed from Mutale River, where a giant python god of fertility is believed to reside there. It was created as a result of an ancient landslide that blocked the course of the Mutale River.
8. Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
This is a special place that does excellent work of caring for the rare, vulnerable and endangered wildlife species of South Africa. It is a great experience to see how conservation is done to conserve our wildlife heritage for future generations. Daily tours of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre are done to see animals such as the cheetahs and rhinos from a close distance. In conclusion, the facility is well run and a gift shop is also on-site.
9. Zwakala Brewery
Zwakala Brewery is a great place for a day out while visiting Limpopo. The brewery is on a great scenic location within the forest surroundings. Also, Zwakala offers a nice vibe and a selection of local craft beer and gin. The food is delicious with a variety of options on the menu as well as having a kiddies play area. All in all, this is a great place to relax with friends and family.
10. Mall of the North, Limpopo
The Mall of the North is a one-stop place for all your shopping, dining and movies. It is the best mall in the whole Limpopo province. The shops are very spacious and safe parking is easily accessible. In conclusion, make sure you visit the Mall of the North because you will get whatever you need there.
11. Setsong Tea Experience
In conclusion, the Setsong tea experience is without a doubt a must include on your bucket list while visiting Limpopo. Setsong African Tea Crafters is led by a team of women who decided to turn their knowledge of African plants into tea. In addition to the educational tea tour, you will also experience a rich cultural experience of the area as well as an African traditional lunch.
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