Elephants at a watering hole in Limpopo Elephants at a Limpopo watering hole

The northern half of South Africa’s greatest natural treasure, the Kruger National Park, is easily accessible from Limpopo province. A great Limpopo incentive destination, it teems with wildlife and opportunities for adventure.

Did you know?

At Modjadji Village near Tzaneen you can visit the Rain Queen's ancient homestead and see rare cycads dating back to the Stone Age.

Limpopo's incentive opportunities will delight you. South Africa’s northern-most province is best known for its rich tribal cultures and wild territories where the Big 5 roam.

Home to the growing city of Polokwane, Limpopo is known as the ‘gateway to the great North’.It is the perfect stepping stone to the wonders of the Kruger National Park. A notable Limpopo attraction is the Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the remains of a thriving African kingdom offer insights into a rich cultural heritage that has stood the test of time.

On a Limpopo incentive you’ll discover rain queens, rare mountain cycads and giant ancient baobabs (the “upside-down” tree). For nature-lovers, Nylsvley Nature Reserve is a recognised Ramsar Convention on Wetlands site (and famous for its birding opportunities) and, if you enjoy wildlife, a visit to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is a must.

For a relaxing nature and leisure experience, the Waterberg has wonderful walking and hiking trails and a wide range of accommodation options. If you enjoy art, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Venda artists in the Soutpansberg region – you can spend time with these incredible craftsmen and women and take some of their imaginative creations home with you.

Limpopo has a variety of secluded conference lodges in beautiful settings, offering Big 5 safaris and a host of leisure, adventure and team building experiences - ideal for incentive travellers.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Limpopo Tourism & Parks Board
Tel: +27 (0)15 293-3600
Email: info@golimpopo.com

 

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.

Best time to visit

Limpopo province is a year round destination. 

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.

Get around

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.