9 September 2010

Tourism Month focus on Limpopo

South Africa’s Tourism Month focus for 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, is on the Limpopo province due to its biodiversity tourism offering.

Elephants among Polokwane's nearby natural attractions. Polokwane's natural attractions include Big 5 reserves.

The majority of our tourism offerings are rich in biodiversity. - Thandiwe January-McLean, CEO of South African Tourism

Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the Minister of Tourism, said today with the launch of the annual Tourism Month commemoration that foreign arrivals to South Africa for the first four months of 2010 had risen by more than 350 000 compared to the same period in 2009.

South Africa celebrates Tourism Month annually in September and will also commemorate World Tourism Day on 27 September, with this year’s theme being Tourism and Biodiversity. The theme provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity to tourism and the role of sustainable tourism in the conservation of life on Earth.

During Tourism Month the province of Limpopo comes under the spotlight as rich in biodiversity, offering conservation, beautiful scenery and a rich culture.

Robert Tooley, CEO of Limpopo Tourism and Parks, adds: ‘Some activities to try when visiting Limpopo include hot air ballooning over the Lowveld games areas adjoining the Kruger National Park and experience ballooning at its best. Adrenalin junkies can experience the best panoramic views with some freefalling skydiving. For those passionate about food, traditional VhaVenda food reflects Limpopo Province’s heritage of earthly bounty to delicious perfection. Whether you opt for baobab infused milk dishes or peanut rich venison stews, VhaVenda cooking is the flavour of the month.’

Ardent cultural fans will be fascinated by Limpopo’s deep cultural heritage. Dating back to 1000 AD, it is full of stories of lost civilisations, African kings and queens, historical groups that left their mark in secretive caves and traditional cultures that still hold on to the myths