The ancient baobabs, lush, wooded mountain valleys and scorching bushveld make this a lace of romance and intrigue. Limpopo is home to many archaeological sites that documents early advanced civilisation and is also home to the rain queen Modjadji who, it is believed, has the power to bring rain to the land of her people.
Places to visit:
Kruger National Park: is the largest and oldest national park in Africa. One of the many reasons it’s so popular is that it’s a one-stop place to see the big five — elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and leopards. The best safari experiences in the world are said to be found here.
The Cave of Hearts: is one of two places in the world that is home to a range of artifacts still intact from the Stone Age. The cave is located in Makapan’s Valley just northeast of Mokopane. The Cave of Hearths consists of multiple layers, some of which are not accessible. The ones that are make this cave a worthy stop on your travels. A human mandible found there represents one of the earliest known homo sapiens. This cave can truly take you back in time.
Lake Fundudzi & Thathe Vondo Forest:It is located in Venda near the border of Zimbabwe and was formed by a landslide. The Venda people have protected this sacred land for centuries. Now, with new road construction, it is easier than ever to access. Some of the myths that come from this area include a python and giant white crocodile. Another legend says that a leper begged for food at one of the villages where the lake is now. When he was refused food, he cursed the village, which was suddenly covered by water. It is said that one can still see the people living at the bottom of the lake. Take a journey with a guide to discover the myths and legends that were born here.
Thulamela: is regarded as one of the most important archeological sites in South Africa. Lying west of Pafuri, Thulamela was a stone walled city ruled by an African Monarch from 1200 AD to 1600 AD. Archaeologists have recently excavated tombs of an African king and queen who ruled Thulamela. It is estimated that about 2,000 people lived here and evidence shows they were skilled goldsmiths and traded in gold.
Modjadji Nature Reserve: This is a reserve for the plant and bird lover. It is in almost prehistoric condition due to the strict protection of the local Modjadji (rain queens). Located northeast of Duiwelskloof, and close to Kruger National Park, it is home to more than 170 species of birds. People often describe the Modjadji Reserve experience as “Alice in Wonderland” due to its giant plants. Facilities here include a visitors center, picnic area and kiosk.
Magoebaskloof Spring Festival: This enchanting festival takes place in September. You can visit the local gardens, picnic, go to a craft fair or stroll through the forests. A range of goodies are sold from crafts, textiles, glassware, curios and soaps to wooden and wrought-iron furniture. One of the most beloved highlights of the festival is the exhibition of orchids. If you are visiting in the spring, this is a must-see.
Turfloop Nature Reserve: This privately owned and run reserve leads safaris that you may not be able to experience elsewhere in Africa. This game reserve is unique because it lies right in the heart of Mamabolo Village, seven kilometers off the Polokwane-Tzaneen highway. This would be a great stop on your way to or from Kruger National Park.
Oppikoppi Music Festival: Look out Lollapalooza, the Oppikoppi Music Festival can rival even the most popular music festivals in the states. With an eclectic array of music and multiple stages, this is sure to be a good time. Drawing more than 15,000 music lovers from around the globe, Oppikoppi Music Festival offers hip hop, dance, and rock. The OppiKoppi Music festival takes place every April on the OppiKoppi farm in Northam, Limpopo. This will be its 15th year.
Makapan's Caves: are one-of-a-kind. They are located in The Makapan Valley along with the Cave of Hearths. They have a history of the Ndebele people and show evidence of wars dating back 151 years. The cave museum portrays the history of the town and surroundings. Mampoer — South African moonshine made from peaches or marulas — and fresh bread are available on request. This is a must-see for history buffs but really everyone should see this.