Mopani district Limpopo
Did you know?
Mopani district is home to the world famous Amarula Liqueur, made from the fruit of the amarula tree
Discover the many delights of Mopani district by exploring the Valley of the Olifants tourism region. While Mopani district takes its name from a small edible worm called the mopani, the Valley of the Olifants tourism region is named after the Olifants (elephants) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park.
Mopani's beautiful Valley of the Olifants tourism region is bounded by the towns of Phalaborwa, Hoedspruit and Tzaneen, and includes sections of the majestic Northern Drakensberg, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde River Canyon. There are vast tracts of bushveld, great sideways thrusts of mountains, dramatic cliffs, proverbially mighty rivers - this is definitely take-extra-camera-batteries territory!
Apart from sheer panoramic beauty, Mopani district is also rich in culture and history. The village of Modjadji, nearby Tzaneen, is the realm of the ancient Rain Queen famed for her rain-making powers, and the Balobedu people who settled here in the late 17th century. Modjadji is also home to a unique slope of rare cycad species (Trasnvenosus encephalartos) that only occur here. Take a stroll through the Modjadji Cycad Reserve to see these majestic plants that date back to the time of the dinosaur.
Nearby Modjadji village is Sunland Baobab, a giant baobab estimated to be some 4000 years old. Inside the tree is a small English pub of all things! You can get a beer or a soft drink and find out why the baobab tree is a source of great legend and the symbol of Limpopo province.
Mopani district includes the towns of Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit, all of which are centres for surrounding wilderness areas, game reserves and conservation and wildlife projects. You can see the Big Five, visit a cheetah breeding project or walk with orphaned animals at Tshukudu Widlife Reserve. The Hans Merensky Golf Course near Phalaborwa, adjoins the Kruger National Park, and golfers often wait for the game to clear the course before they tee off!
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board
Tel:+27(0)15 290 7300
South African National Parks
Tel:+27(0)12 428 9111
Sefapane Lodge, Phalaborwa
tel:+27(0)15 780 6700
Kings Walden Garden Manor, Tzaneen
tel:+27(0)15 307 3262
Tshukudu Lodge, Hoedspruit
tel:+27(0)15 793 2476
Yum Yum restaurant and deli, Tzaneen
tel:+27(0)83 444 9138
Cotton Club Cafe, Orpen
tel:+27(0)15 795 5682
Mad Dogz Cafe, Hoedspruit
tel:+27(0)15 795 5114