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Grey-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti)  © Ian White, License
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Limpopo Verblyf. Hanteer Direk, Betaal Minder

Known as The Great North, the Limpopo Province is the gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, bordering three African countries, namely Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It is a diverse landscape of bushveld, savanna, semi-desert, and subtropical vegetation.

The Limpopo Province has many attractions including historical sites such as the relics of the Stone Age San, and abundant nature reserves. The northern section of the Kruger National Park forms the provinces eastern border and boasts the 'Big Five', crocodile, hippo and many antelope species. Found mainly north of the Soutpansberg Range and a distinctive feature of the province is the baobab tree of which some are thought to be over 3000 years old.

Sports enthusiasts will find a wealth of opportunities from a canoe adventure on the Limpopo River to hiking or climbing the mountainous terrain of the Soutpansberg. The province allows for seasonal hunting of animals that would otherwise have been culled for population control. A multitude of well-stocked streams will provide endless fishing opportunities for the avid angler and for the less adventurous, many of the towns offer facilities for bowls, golf, swimming and tennis to name a few. Equally popular, especially for relaxation, are the mineral baths of the province's hot springs.

A visit to this ancient land teeming with wildlife, embracing historic cultures and offering a myriad of outdoor adventures will not be easily forgotten.

Limpopo, the northernmost province of South Africa, is rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, and diverse wildlife.

Here are ten things to do or see in Limpopo:

1. Kruger National Park: Visit one of Africa's largest game reserves, renowned for its Big Five sightings (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), and enjoy game drives, bush walks, and bird watching.

2. Mapungubwe National Park: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts a wealth of archaeological treasures, including the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe, and stunning landscapes where the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers meet.

3. Magoebaskloof: Hike through the lush Afromontane forests, waterfalls, and scenic trails of Magoebaskloof, often referred to as the "Land of the Silver Mist."

4. Polokwane: Discover the vibrant capital city of Limpopo, home to the Polokwane Game Reserve, the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum, and the Polokwane Art Museum.

5. Bela-Bela: Relax in the natural hot springs of Bela-Bela, formerly known as Warmbaths, and enjoy the therapeutic waters and a variety of recreational activities.

6. Waterberg Biosphere Reserve: Explore this UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve, which offers opportunities for game viewing, hiking, and experiencing the rich biodiversity of the region.

7. Makapansgat Valley: Visit this significant paleontological and archaeological site, where ancient fossils and artifacts provide insights into early human evolution.

8. Venda Art Route: Discover the unique and vibrant art and culture of the Venda people, visiting local artists, craft markets, and cultural villages in the northeastern part of Limpopo.

9. Nylsvley Nature Reserve: Birdwatchers will delight in this renowned birding hotspot, home to over 400 bird species, including many rare and endangered ones, particularly during the wet season.

10. Thulamela Archaeological Site: Explore the remains of an ancient civilization in the northern part of Kruger National Park, where stone-walled ruins and artifacts reveal a glimpse into the past.

Limpopo's diverse attractions offer a mix of natural wonders, wildlife experiences, cultural heritage, and adventure activities, making it a fascinating destination for travelers.

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