The Limpopo province is one of the most diverse and exciting destinations in South Africa. From wildlife to nature and culture, there is something for everyone.
Limpopo is the northernmost province of the country, and its capital city is Polokwane. The name “Limpopo” has its etymological roots in the Nguni language, meaning “strong gushing waterfalls”.
The province covers an area of 125,755 square kilometers and has a population of approximately 5.6 million people. Limpopo is bounded by Botswana to the west, Zimbabwe to the north, and Mozambique to the east. The Vaal River forms the province’s southern boundary.
Why should you take a roadtrip to Limpopo?
Limpopo is one of the most beautiful and diverse provinces in South Africa (and I’m a little biased because it is my home province). From the majestic Drakensberg Mountains to the wildlife-rich Kruger National Park, there is something for everyone in Limpopo.
Here are five reasons why you should take a road trip to this incredible province:
1. The scenery is breath-taking
The Drakensberg Mountains provide a backdrop for the rolling hills and lush vegetation, while the Kruger National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife. There are also numerous game reserves and national parks where you can see rhinos, elephants, lions and other African wildlife up close.
- Marakele National Park
- Mabalingwe Nature Reserve
- Welgevonden Nature Reserve
- Kruger National Park
- Mopholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
- Mapungubwe National Park
- Sondela Rehab Centre
- Modjadji Cycad Reserve
2. There is plenty to do
Whether you want to go on safari, hike in the mountains, or simply relax by the pool, there is plenty to keep you busy in Limpopo. There are also numerous cultural activities and attractions, such as museums, art galleries and traditional villages where you can learn about the local culture and history.
- Mukondeni Pottery Village
- Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum
- Debegeni Waterfall
- Echo Caves
- Magoebaskloof Hinking Trails
- Big Baobab (Gravelotte)
- Arend Dieperink Museum
… and if you want to hike:
- Louis Changuion Hiking Trail
- Lesodi Hiking Trail
- Blyde River via Dientjies Falls
- Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail
- Lephalale Mountain Trail
3. The food is delicious
Limpopo is home to some interesting traditional delicacies…
- Mopani worms – dried, roasted or in a dish
- Magege or roasted termites – dried, roasted or in a dish
- Chicken feet & heads (walkie-talkies) with samp and beans
- Thihove – samp and fresh peanuts ‘frikkadels’
- Tsophi – round balls of butternut and pap
- Umqombothi – home-brewed beer
PS. I won’t be joining you for mopani worms anytime soon!
You might want to add these to your trip:
- Zwakala Brewery
- Qualito Craft Distillery
- Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm
- Wegraakbosch Organic Farm
- Kuhestan Organic Farm
4. Adventure by car or through the air
Whether you want to swing between trees, hike in the mountains or try your hand at a 4×4 adventure.
- Letaba 4×4 Eco-Trail
- Luvuvhu 4×4 Eco-Trail
- Makuya 4×4 Self-Drive Trail
- Great Limpopo Wilderness Trail
… and if you want to zipline:
- Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours
- Waterberg Zipline Adventures
There are so many reasons to take a roadtrip to Limpopo and I haven’t even scratched the surface in this post! So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and hit the road!
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