Limpopo Province is so much more than where Kruger National Park overlaps. Rich human history has left behind traces of archaeological mystery, legends and wonder all packaged up in some of the wildest areas of South Africa. For those who are drawn to the road less travelled, turn your car northwards, away from the holidaymakers heading to the coast. Who knows? You might just keep going…Limpopo is, after all, South Africa’s gateway to the rest of Africa.
Tropical fruit thrives in this warm climate; litchi, mango, banana and avocado. Rural lands lie alongside virgin wilderness, tempting elephants. In winter the land lies russet and brown, but when the summer rain falls, announced by thunderstorms of epic proportions, the landscape turns vivid green. Travelling northwards, 1000-year-old baobabs appear like sentries along the road and there is no doubt you are in deepest Africa.
Limpopo’s adventure scene has grown in leaps and bounds. Key sites include the impressive Waterberg Plateau, a UNESCO biosphere reserve and Magoebaskloof, an unusually green tangle of forests, waterfalls and misty mountains.
Limpopo offers experiences that completely immerse you in the wilderness. Like riding into it…on horseback. Many animals don’t feel threatened if you approach them from the saddle and trotting through a herd of sable or eland is a wild encounter that should not be missed. Or whizz into inaccessible areas on an aerial cable trail, like the one that criss-crosses the Groot Letaba River giving you spectacular waterfall views. The Waterberg region of Limpopo offers some of the best 4x4 driving in the country; off-road, off-grid freedom at its best.
And even though Limpopo is a sanctuary for nature lovers who like things simple its accommodation options run through to luxurious. Cute farming towns, many harbouring escaped-from-the-city-artists offer great resupply and overnight accommodation for intrepid explorers.