Leshiba Wilderness, Limpopo
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You can spot 5 primate species at Leshiba Wilderness: lesser and thick-tailed bushbabies, samango and vervet monkeys, and chacma baboons.
Leshiba Wilderness is a nature and game reserve featuring a mix of indigenous forests and open plains, with dramatic gorges, tumbling waterfalls and amazing views too. You can go hiking in the mountains, walk amongst wild animals, visit ancient rock art sites and enjoy a sundowner game drive.
Leshiba Wilderness is a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. Go on a guided walk or drive with one of Leshiba's game rangers and learn more about the habitat, the plants, the animals and the area's history.
This game reserve also has a series of rock art paintings, a legacy of the San people who were originally attracted here by the nearby salt pans. You can also go on one of many hiking trails that take you through different parts of the nature reserve – gorges, forests, mountains and grassy plains.
Leshiba boasts has different accommodation options: the Venda Village Lodge, Hamasha Bush Camp and the Indigenous Knowledge Centre, with either full board or self-catering options. Hamasha Bush Camp overlooks a wild and remote gorge, while the Indigenous Knowledge Centre is best for group accommodation and is perfect for workshops, retreats and conferences.
Leshiba Wilderness forms part of the 90 000ha Soutpansberg Mountains Conservancy, which was formed specifically to protect the mountain range and its botanical diversity. There are some 600 species of tree in the Soutpansberg, including yellowwoods, giant stinkwoods, forest fevers, cabbage trees, proteas and ancient tree ferns.
The Soutpansberg Mountains go from arid bushveld in the west to thick indigenous montane forests in the east. The higher slopes of the mountain are often shrouded in mist and cloud in the morning. The highest point of the range, at 1 747, is Lajuma.