A honeymoon in Limpopo is anything but dull – the landscape’s diversity leaves newlyweds spoilt for choice. Bush honeymoons are a favourite, while explorations of the lush wetlands are perfect for birders. And then there are the province’s myths and legends, which will leave you more than just a little intrigued.

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The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is an official Ramsar (treaty promoting the conservation of wetlands) site and is known for abundant birdlife.

Honeymoons in Limpopo offer a variety of experiences: pristine bushveld; wetlands and mineral springs; the mountains of the Waterberg and the Soutpansberg; and ancient cultures.

Three wildlife idylls exist in this province: the northern section of the Kruger National Park; the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve to its west; and the Waterberg Nature Conservancy. All are less populated than the southern Kruger National Park, and offer excellent wildlife experiences.

To kick off married life with the best possible safari experience, Limpopo features truly plush, top-end accommodation with service levels to amaze. Pafuri Camp and the Outpost Lodge in the Kruger, Motswari and Gomo Gomo in Timbavati, and Shibula Lodge and Zwahili Private Game Lodge in the Waterberg all offer romantic experiences.

Then there are the wetlands of the Nyl Floodplain and the Nylsvley Nature Reserve, which are incredibly rich in birdlife, especially waterfowl. Honeymoon couples can also immerse themselves in the local waters at Bela-Bela, where the healing mineral waters at the Forever Resorts baths and spa are comforting and addictive.

Honeymoons in Limpopo can be infused with the intrigue of our ancient past. Mapungubwe, the home of a long-gone but captivating civilisation some 800 years ago, is a World Heritage Site, while the caves of the Makapans Valley have yielded important fossil finds and have also served as a stage for more recent chapters of history, such as the siege of Makapansgat.

Right up north, as baobab trees become more plentiful, the land of the Venda is found nudging the Zimbabwean border. It’s an area filled with myth and legend, sacred lakes and rain queens, which will colour a honeymoon with unforgettable memories.

As you journey through the province, Limpopo towns will reveal their distinct characters: Polokwane, the capital, boasts natural, cultural and historical attractions; Hoedspruit carries the safari feel of its neighbour, the Kruger National Park; picturesque Tzaneen is the balmy heart of subtropical farmland; and the more village-like Haenertsburg sports pubs and eateries, along with a 10km mountain meander with nurseries, tea gardens, and arts and crafts outlets.

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