Timeless and unspoilt Mopani region
It’s no secret that South Africa is well known for its diversity and in the province of Limpopo, the variety of tourist attractions and experiences are in abundance. Competitors, their teams, and their families and supporters will experience the diversity first-hand when they visit the area for the second annual UCI Africa Tour 2.2 stage race – the Tour de Limpopo – from 14-18 May 2019.
The Great Olifants River meanders its way through the Mopani region, one of five districts of Limpopo, offering an expanse of wildlife and spectacular scenery.
A popular destination for adventure-seekers is Haenertsburg in the Magoebaskloof mountains, through which the Tour de Limpopo will be passing again this year. The picturesque village is situated on the R71 between Polokwane and Tzaneen and from the hilltop above the village, expansive views of the Wolkberg and northern Drakensberg mountains can be viewed, as well as the Ebenezer Dam and forests and grasslands below. While these areas offer magnificent recreational activities, nature lovers can also enjoy the bird life – the area is home to the purple-crested Loerie, several species of eagle, and the very rare black-fronted bush shrike – and the fishing, with brown and rainbow trout in abundance in the lakes and streams. Visitors can enjoy a sunset cruise on Ebenezer Dam, cultural village tours, Agatha Crocodile Ranch, or the Wegraakbosch Organic Dairy for a tour of the organic farm and cheese factory while enjoying a cheese platter and a glass of wine. The Zwakala Brewery also offers tours and tasting, while Silvermist Resort has game drives and quad biking activities.
Magoebaskloof, known as “The land of the silver mist”, is beautiful and the sight of the area is reminiscent of a Swiss village. Take a drive through the Woodbush forest, the second largest indigenous forest in the country, or picnic at the Debengeni Falls. The Magoebaskloof hiking trail and Wolkberg Wilderness area offers overnight hiking opportunities or slide through the Letaba gorge on the Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour. The scenic countryside can be best explored by mountain bike or horse back, and like most other areas of the province, it is rich in birdlife and fish.
Tzaneen, the tropical garden town, is another stop for this year’s Tour de Limpopo, where the race will overnight for two nights. This subtropical paradise is filled with indigenous and exotic plants and is South Africa’s richest sub-tropical fruit-farming region. Valencia oranges, grapefruit, bananas and macadamia nuts are common to the area, but most of the country’s avocado pears, pawpaw, mangoes, tea and coffee hail from this part of the province. There are several game and nature reserves close by, including Kruger National Park and the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve. Visitors to the area can enjoy the Tzaneen Predator Park and the museum, as well as visit the biggest baobab tree in the world – the Sunland “Big Baobab” in Modjadjiskloof, dated to be around 6000 years! The Modjadji Cultural Camp offers cultural and natural activities. The area was considered the garden of the Rain Queen – the matriarchal leader of the Lobedu dynasty. Visitors can arrange a visit to the Royal Kraal.
With a host of activities to do and places to visit and see, visitors can experience the diversity of the Mopani region and will discover that there really is “More to Enjoy” in Limpopo.
About the Tour de Limpopo
The 2019 Tour de Limpopo is a four-day, UCI Africa Tour 2.2 stage race starting in Bela Bela on Wednesday 15 May and passing through Polokwane – the capital city – heading east to the town of Tzaneen and on to Modjadjiskloof – Tarantaal – Coachman’s Climb (Mt Agatha), before heading back to Polokwane on 18 May to finish at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The 2019 Tour de Limpopo will be available to view on live streaming on race days and will go live approximately 90 minutes after the day’s start. Live streaming can be viewed at the event website or here: http://www.streamit360.tv/#796-1202
For further race information, visit www.tourdelimpopo.co.za.