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Five must-do activities in Limpopo

If you're planning on heading north on your next trip in South Africa, you're likely to experience the popular wildlife and fascinating heritage which wait in the inspiring province of Limpopo.

Limpopo borders Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique, making travelling into other great Southern African destinations easy from this location. The province is great for any kind of road trip, whether you are hiring a car in South Africa or are taking your own, there always seems to be a fun-filled activity awaiting in this magical part of the world.

Mapungubwe World Heritage Site

Mapungubwe Hill
Mapungubwe Hill

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is believed to have been the region of an ancient civilization and country which harbored literally hundreds of towns in its borders around the year 1050 AD to 1270 AD.

Today it has captured the imagination of archaeologists the world over, who discovered skeletons and fossils there who were believed to have been the descendants of royalty. Other objects recovered include beads, ivory, animal fossils, pots, and gold. It’s said that more than one day is needed to experience the magnitude of the area and if you would like to camp it will cost around R200 a night or R950 a night for a cottage.

Visit this website for more information.

Take a boat trip on the Limpopo River

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RedSonje via Wikimedia Commons

Taking a cruise down the Limpopo River is just one of the great ways in which travellers and explorers can enjoy the immense wildlife on offer. There is a great option at Olifants (Elephant) River where patrons can ride the ‘Kambaku’ houseboat whilst experiencing a wide variety of wildlife including crocodiles, buffalo, hippos, and waterbuck. Olifants River safaris have an extensive two-hour river safari in one of the most impressive rivers in the Kruger National park. Visit this page for more.

Spring Festival

This annual festival happens every year around the 24 September until 4 October (late spring) which is a time of year that the area becomes fully in bloom with the wonderful cherry blossoms and apple trees the region is famous for.

However, this isn’t the only activity on offer as the town comes alive with music events, craft markets and a general spring swing in its step type exuberance. It’s a great time to visit Limpopo province. Visit this website for more.

Polokwane Art Museum

The museum prides itself in having a vast collection of South African art. The establishment focuses on bringing the province of Limpopo to the fore, hence it has a deep focus on the art of the province. It’s believed that there are over a 1,000 artworks on display with styles ranging from ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Artists featured are said to have a strong connection to the mythology of the area. Visit this website for more.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

This is one of leading tourist attraction in the town of Hoedspruit and it’s believed to be an inspiring and eye-opening experience. The facility is well respected and accredited for providing homes for wildlife that has been poisoned, injured or left behind by their friends or family.

They have a wide selection of recovering animals including lion, leopard, serval, cheetah, hyena, honey badger, eagles and vultures to mention a few. Visit this website for more.

About Jarred Manasse

Manasse is the owner of Write For You, offering freelance copywriting services in Cape Town. He is also the content manager for Encounters Travel, a UK-based travel agency who offers adventure tours and small group holidays all over the globe.

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