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Top 10

Wildlife wonders in Limpopo

1Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is known as one of the world's great national parks. Home to the Big 5 and a wealth of animal and plantlife, no trip to Limpopo is complete without visiting the Kruger.

2Nylsvley Wetlands

Situated close to the scenic Waterberg mountains, the Nylsvley Wetlands are a birder’s dream. During the summer months, this wetland often floods, attracting the highest number of avian visitors in the southern hemisphere.

3Marakele National Park, Waterberg

The Marakele National Park is a must for wildlife-lovers. The mountains here are particularly known for their Cape vulture populations and the reserve is remote and unspoiled.

4Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

Situated in Hoedspruit, this rehabilitation centre here takes care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife; their overall aim is to reintroduce creatures back into the wild. You'll leave Moholoholo feeling inspired.

5Tshukudu Wildlife Reserve

Situated in Hoedspruit, here's your chance to walk with orphaned and rehabilitated animals in a wilderness setting. A great place for families.

6Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

This world-renowned centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals, especially cheetah.

7Mapungubwe National Park

Set along the banks of the Limpopo River, South Africa's northernmost border, Mapungubwe is an exquisite park. The park is famed for its majetic baobab trees and great herds of African elephant.

8Elephant back safaris, Zibula Estate, Bela Bela

Get up close and personal with a group of orphaned elephants that are helping to raise awareness about conservation through the Eelephants for Africa Forever (EFAF) project.

9Taita falcons of the Strijdom Tunnels

The rare Taita falcon lives in the cliffs near the top of the Abel Erasmus Pass, and you can take a guided walk into these amazing lichen-clad mountains.

10Polokwane Game Reserve

This is one of the most interesting municipal reserves in the country, and only three hours' drive from Johannesburg. As a bonus, you can walk in the park, mountain-bike, or best of all, see the wildlife from the back of a horse.