Luxurious, laid-back Limpopo


Lying north of Gauteng, the economic hub of South Africa, is the luscious lovely province of Limpopo, the fifth largest province in this beautiful country. Limpopo offers a welcome relief away from the hustle and bustle of high rise buildings and congested highways, and next week will play host to domestic and international cycling teams for the inaugural Tour de Limpopo, a UCI Africa Tour 2.2 stage race.

Limpopo, the word derived from the flowing and gentle language of Northern Sotho, holds the wonderful life promising meaning of “strong gushing waterfalls”. How else would one envisage escaping the busyness of big city life, but to be found next to the inspiring and powerful flow of a waterfall? Limpopo is a land of beautiful and contrasting landscape, which is typical of Africa hence it has become a favourite destination for leisure and adventure travellers worldwide.

Known for its very unique landmarks, Limpopo holds many hidden gems for every tourist crossing its boundary lines. From exquisite flora and fauna, expansive national parks and nature reserves to tunnels, mountain passes, rivers and mouth-watering fruit farms, Limpopo shows why you simply cannot afford to miss visiting her attractions.

Less than 100 kilometres north east of the capital of the province, Polokwane, lies Magoebaskloof mountain range. This area is also known as “The Land of the Silver Mist” and offers incredible picturesque views of towering mountain ranges. It is here one will find soul satisfying mountain bike trails and gut adrenalin pumping canopy tours along zip lines which take you closer to the gorges than you will ever get.

For those who have never experienced the wild game and Big 5 of Africa, look no further than our national and private game parks such as Kololo, Welgevonden, Bela Bela and Marakele, offering special packages and guided drives and tours. Whether you have never seen these magnificent creatures or simply have to see them again, they await your visit in the depth of bushveld and its solemn peacefulness.

Limpopo has its roots in royalty too and a visit to Queen Modjadji’s village is an incredible cultural experience. Queen Modjadji, or Rain Queen, is the ruler of the Balobedu people of Limpopo.

No successful province is complete without the industrious efforts of businesswomen and men, who through their efforts contribute significantly to providing employment, training and food for locals, while also helping to create a stable business environment in Limpopo. Some very well-known fresh produce producers such as ZZ2 Tomatoes, Legae La Banareng Farms and Westfalia produce world class fruit and vegetables.

Not to be forgotten, for those of you who enjoy a fine brew of beer and some local cheese, make it part of your itinerary to visit L’abri Fountain Brewery near Bela Bela offering at least six craft beers on tap at any time; and Wegraakbosch Cheese farm in the Magoebaskloof area, who still make cheese by hand.

Life is about living and experiencing and what the stunning province of Limpopo offers, is friendly people, wonderful experiences and memories that will live with you for life. So, live a little and come and share our province with us. We have a place for everyone!

Mylene Paynter