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Limpopo Province Highlights

The Limpopo Province is where the northern part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park lies. This beautiful province is most visited and admired for its breath-taking scenery and landscapes, and for its easy access to some of the best wildlife viewing in Southern Africa.

The province is steeped in culture, home to the ancient remains of a more traditional life; the culture of the Vendas in particular. In olden times, the Venda people crossed the Limpopo River and moved into South Africa, adopting a place they called Venda ('pleasant place'). Vistors to Limpopo will be introduced to this history at Mapungubwe National Park, which is also the location of spectacular archaelogical findings.

The province borders neighbouring countries such as Botswana in the west, Mozambique on the east and Zimbabwe in the north. This offers visitors the unique opportunity to include these magnificent African countries into their safari itinerary for the ultimate cross-border African wildlife experience. 

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Hot-air ballooning offers one-hour long flights from Hoedspruit over the scenic Blyde River Canyon and game reserves in the area. This is a truly memorable perspective of this beautiful land.

An adrenalin pumping zipline trip soars above three waterfalls, the Great Letaba River Gorge, and through the forest on a two-hour arboreal adventure not to be missed.

Other than the well-known Kruger National Park, the Limpopo Province offers up a number of other private game reserves and national parks with Big 5 game viewing opportunities.

The cultural wealth of this area is greatly appreciated by visitors interested in traditional Africa. This historical appeal of Limpopo comes from the migration of the Venda people across the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe.

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Safari Lodges within Limpopo Province

Welgevonden Game Reserve

A small Big Five game reserve only 3 hours drive north of the International airport. Welgevonden is located in a malaria-free safari area and is home to Africa's Big Five making it an attractive safari proposition.

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Mapungubwe National Park

Home to various species of eagle and buck, herds of lumbering elephants and a great many contributing factors to the area's notable biodiversity. It is also an area of significant cultural worth due to the archaeological findings made here.

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Makalali Private Game Reserve

Located close to the mighty Drakensberg mountain range, west of the Kruger National Park. Considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa's "Big Five".

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Karongwe Private Game Reserve

The Karongwe Private Game Reserve is an 8500-hectare private conservation area situated in the Central Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province of South Africa.In the late 1990s internal fences between farms were dropped and the Karongwe Private Game Reserve was established.

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The region is renowned for its hot spring resorts and the beautiful mountain terrain of the Waterberg mountain range. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen on the numerous private game reserves in the region.

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Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is only 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, making it a near destination for an equally as wonderful safari. It has the famous Big 5, and it is not a malaria risk area. 

Mapungubwe National Park is a World Heritage Site and is rich in biodiversity, spectacular scenic beauty and archaeological treasures. This area of South Africa is where the Venda people migrated to from Zimbabwe many years ago, and the ancient culture is still evident in the province.

Makalali Private Game Reserve has an abundance of wildlife and is host to over one thousand wild animals, including Africa's Big 5. The accommodation is innovatively designed and full of African flair.

The Waterberg Region, in the south-west of the province, offers endless open spaces, sweeping views, peace and serenity and incredible natural beauty. It hosts the Big 5 in the unique setting of a blue-tinted mountain range with a variety of fauna and flora.

How to Get there

Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests to Polokwane International airport, from Cape Town or Johannesburg, or other smaller domestic airports. Once guests arrive they can choose whether they would like to hire a car and take to the road themselves.

Alternatively, a road transfer can be arranged by a Sun Safaris agent, so that visitors can still have the pleasure of a road tour to their safari camp. A third option is to take a scheduled air transfer from Polokwane Airport to an airstrip closer to their booked lodge accommodation.

Self-drive safaris are very popular and a good way of exploring this beautiful province. The drive time of the trip will depend on the route taken and the number of pit stops.

Upon booking an itinerary, there will be information available about the state of the roads (due to weather-induced floods that sometimes affect Limpopo), so that guests can be advised on the best routes to use.

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Limpopo Province Game Viewing and Activities

The Limpopo Province is known for its wildlife reserves and visitors travel from all over the world to experience safari camps and lodges in these parts of South Africa. The northern section of the legendary Kruger National Park falls into this province, but there are many other wildlife reserves in Limpopo that have earned a reputation for offering superb wildlife viewing.

Often less popular and therefore, less crowded; Limpopo's Welgevonden, Makalali, Karongwe and Waterberg Reserves are like hidden treasures for the avid safari-goer. This province is steeped in cultural history and archaeological discovery, making the game viewing a mere bonus to this already interesting area.

Guests can choose between a variety of luxury camps and lodges offering game drives and nature walks accompanied by experienced guides. There is Big 5 game viewing available in a number of reserves, as well as an abundance of general game and superb birdlife waiting to be photographed.

Seasons and Climate

The Limpopo Province lies on the Tropic of Capricorn; it has very hot summer days with rainfall, while winters are mild and dry, with cold temperatures at night.

The summer months, October to March, offer short, cool afternoon thunderstorms which are usually welcomed, while the daytime temperatures remain mightily hot.

In Pietersburg, situated approximately in the centre of the province, summer temperatures can reach up to 27°C and Phalaborwa can reach as high as 45°C.

Most visitors prefer to visit this province in the dry and cooler winter months from May to August, when early mornings and evenings get quite chilly and the days are pleasant, as opposed to hot.

Game viewing is easier in winter, as the vegetation is less full; however, the luscious greenery that fills the reserves after the summer rains is very beautiful - one might just have to look a little harder to spot game.

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