Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve is in the wild heights of the Wolkberg Mountains, offering adventurers a choice of hiking, birding or just strolling through the cool forests alongside a river. This Limpopo nature reserve is famed for its sparkling rivers, scenic mountains slopes and beautiful trees.

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The Letaba River, one of Limpopo's main rivers, has its source in the mountains of Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve.

Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve is an 18 000 hectare nature reserve in Limpopo's Wolkberg Mountains, near the town of Tzaneen.

Its name means 'place of water' and some important Limpopo rivers have their source in these scenic mountains. There is water all year round here, with many rivers, streams, waterfalls and rock pools.

Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve has thick indigenous forests, grassy mountain slopes and towering peaks and krantzes. In the forests you'll see Outeniqua trees, lemonwoods, yellowwoods, Cape beech and wild peach. The mountain slopes have flaming acacia trees with white blossoms in spring and red pods in summer.

In late summer, this Limpopo nature reserve attracts swarms of colourful butterflies, and many lepidopterists too. Birders come here to spot forest-dwelling species such as the Cape parrot, chorister robin, green twinspot, black-fronted bush shrike, Barrat's warbler and the famously furtive Narina trogon. The nature reserve is also home to assorted antelope, baboons and vervet and samango monkeys.

You can either explore the reserve on foot – there are several hiking trails here – or head out in a 4x4. There is a great look-out point at the Downs, and a lovely picnic spot in a shaded grove of trees, known as the Cathedral.

Accommodation at Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve is simple and rustic. There are wooden bungalows set on stilts alongside a stream in a cool forest. If you have a bigger group you can stay in a charming old farmhouse.

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