Limpopo incentive highlights
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Venda Bender is a self-drive route through Limpopo province's artistic core, visiting Venda crafters, potters, artists, wood carvers, and sangomas.
South Africa’s greatest natural treasure, the world-famous Kruger National Park is a Limpopo incentives highlight that offers 2 million hectares of pristine natural environment.
It features 16 different ecosystems along with the much sought-after Big 5, 147 bird species and 507 mammal species, offering wonderful opportunities for exploration and adventure.
From Limpopo you have easy access to the northern half of Kruger Park which features a drier habitat than the southern region and is home to abundant herds of elephant.
Limpopo's luxury safari lodges offer 5-star accommodation with service and cuisine to match. You can enjoy guided safaris, bush walks, open vehicle safaris in search of the Big 5, elegant dinners by the riverside, Jacuzzis, spa treatments and much more. Most of the private game camps, farms or lodges have facilities for a secluded business meeting in the bush, South Africa’s popular bosberaad safaris, and all sorts of team building opportunities.
Other South Africa's exclusive game lodges that have attained international acclaim are Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Londolozi.
Set right up against the northern border of South Africa and uniting Botswana and Zimbabwe, is Mapungubwe National Park - an extensive savannah landscape situated at the meeting place of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. This is the land of sandstone formations, mopane woodlands, brooding baobabs, ancient flood plains and unique riverine forests that form a dramatic backcloth for the wealth of animal life. You can spot elephant, giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, gemsbok and other antelope, extensive bird life, and the more elusive mammals such as hyenas and leopards.
Mapungubwe, another Limpopo incentive highlight, is also famous as South Africa’s first kingdom, a highly complex society that rose between 1050 AD and 1270 AD. The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape - the virtually untouched remains of the palace sites and 2 capital sites that remain - was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and forms part of the Mapungubwe National Park.
The blue-hued Waterberg region stretches its full length from Thabazimbi in the south west to the Lapalala River in the north east, supporting a biome of over 15 000 square kilometres. This rugged area largely untouched by tarred roads or human interference is an authentic African savannah experience.
The Waterberg was the first region in the north of South Africa to be identified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The incredible rock formations in evidence were shaped over hundreds of millions of years by riverine erosion.
A large portion of the Waterberg’s bushveld country has been given over for the conservation of elephants, white rhino, leopard and buffalo. The Marakele National Park, near Thabazimbi is well worth a visit, as are other game farms in the area.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Limpopo Tourism & Parks Board
Tel: +27 (0)15 293-3600
How to get here
You can fly to Polokwane International Airport from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. There are also airports at Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit, both close to the entrance gates of the Kruger National Park and other private game reserves. Hiring a car and driving from Johannesburg to Limpopo is another good option.
Tours to do
The Limpopo Tourism Agency has a variety of tourist routes listed on its website. These include the African Ivory Route, Heritage Route, Mapungubwe Route, Olifants Hiking Trail, Pedi Living Cultural Tourism Route, Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route and more. These routes offer opportunities for birding safaris, arts and crafts tours, cultural tours, Big 5 game safaris and more.
Limpopo has an excellent road infrastructure so driving is a pleasure. A good way to explore Limpopo's vast open spaces and scenic beauty is to hire a car or take a tour with a local tour operator.. In areas with rough terrain like the Mapungubwe National Park, driving in 4x4 vehicles is recommended.
Length of stay
There is a lot to see and do in Limpopo province so a 10-day to two-week stay is recommended.
What to pack
Limpopo Province is renowned for its hot yet pleasant summers and dry, mild winters. Depending where you go in Limpopo, temperatures can vary. For example, in Polokwane, temperatures can range from 27°C (81°F) to 35°C (86°F) in summer (October through March). In towns like Phalaborwa temperatures can sometimes sour to 45°C (113°F), while summer temperatures in the Kruger National Park are around 30°C (86°F). Therefore pack light clothes for summer but also bring a light windbreaker for early morning game drives, or cooler evenings. During winter, early mornings are chilly, nights cold, and days warm. Therefore bring warm clothes and some lighter clothing for those warmer parts of the day.
Where to stay
There are a wide variety of accommodation options in and around Limpopo province from luxury hotels to lodges, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments. If you're heading for the Kruger National Park, there are a variety of different accommodation options offered in the park from upmarket luxury lodges and safari tents to huts, cottages, bungalows, and camp sites. Many of the private game reserves in Limpopo province offer luxury accommodation options that include small meeting venues.
What to eat
If you eat meat, you might like to try some game meat for some interesting flavours.