Here are some suggestions for activities and attractions in Limpopo that your guests might be interested in. It is important to be knowledgeable about attractions in your area – if you recommend something that your guests really enjoy, it will make their day.
Most visitors love cultural experiences, and it pays to know about those in your area.
Here are some examples of what guests could do:
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe. Archaeological studies have shown ancient Mapungubwe was a gold and ivory trade hub 1 000 years ago, and housed a sophisticated and hierarchic civilisation
- At the Interpretation Centre, tourists can become acquainted with multi-disciplinary conservation education. This award-winning building was built using ecological methods and materials; it houses Mapungubwe's famous gold foil rhinoceros
- By visiting Mashovhela Lodge in the Soutpansberg, visitors will be exposed to the Venda cultural experience. There’s an artists' route, day trips to sacred places, village tours, and evenings of Venda song and dance
- Tourists can experience one of the few matrilineal cultures in the world by visiting the kraal of Modjadji, the Rain Queen of the Balobedu people
- View historical art of the Venda, Pedi and Shangaan people in the Polokwane Art Museum, that is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian building
Scenic beauty spots
Many tourists look forward to enjoying the natural beauty of our country. Make sure you can point them to the most picturesque spots.
Here are just a few examples of what guests could see:
- Try to hug a tree, a 6 000-year-old tree. The Sunland Baobab, near the sub-tropical town of Tzaneen, is the country's largest baobab and hides a small pub in its hollow trunk
- Tourists can not only see, but also smell and touch, an Encephalartos transvenosus in its natural habitat, but also walk in a forest of cycads in the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, home to the biggest concentration of the rare endemic cycad in the world
- Picnic in Magoebaskloof, in the shade of the world’s tallest planted tree, or meander in the Woodbush Forest Reserve
South Africa is famed for its wildlife. Our land is home to many, diverse creatures, many of which tourists will have never seen before, and which they probably haven’t seen in the wild.
The majority of visitors to South Africa can’t wait to go on a safari or game drive, so make sure you know where they can do this.
Here are a couple of examples of where guests could go:
- Visit the Mapungubwe National Park
- The northern Kruger National Park comprises the largest and most biodiverse concession in Kruger. Tourists can see species such as nyala, eland, bushpig and Sharpe’s grysbok, zebra, impala, wildebeest and warthog, and experience the seasonal migration of large elephant herds
- Book a game drive and experience the magic of Africa
- Tourists can hear the calls of roughly 600 bird species among the mountains, forests, savannahs and wetlands of the Greater Limpopo Birding Routes
Deep blue plus
- Relax in Bela-Bela's healing hot springs, frolic in a fun waterworld, hike in the mountains or take a game drive.
Culture and lifestyle
- The Pedi Living Culture Route is a journey into the history and traditions of the Pedi people in the Limpopo province. Your guests can visit the ancestral kraal, meet artists and crafters, walk through a traditional village, and find out more about Pedi folklore and mythology.
- Sekhukhune is a region rich in cultural heritage. Tourists can follow the Kamoka Open Africa Route to visit cultural villages, art and craft centres and historical sites that bear testament to the proud traditions of Bapedi and Nbebele people.
- The Mopani district is rich in culture and history. The village of Modjadji, nearby Tzaneen, is the realm of the ancient Rain Queen, famed for her rain-making powers, and the Balobedu people who settled here in the late 16th century.
- Skydiving over the Waterberg region is a great way to enjoy its picturesque scenery and lush vegetation.
- There is a choice of three cycling trails from Olifants Camp in the Kruger National Park. The camp, on a rocky outcrop, overlooks the Olifants River and its huge elephant population. The trails are graded from easy to difficult and can take from a few hours to an entire day to complete.
- The Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour, near the towns of Tzaneen and Haenertsberg, takes explorers on an unforgettable journey above the Letaba River gorge.
Lap of luxury
Traipsing around in the bush takes on a whole new meaning in Limpopo, where weary travellers can rest and be refreshed at beautiful spas and lodges.
The area boasts any number of luxury game reserves, complete with big five sightings, unobstructed bushveld views, and golfing and fine-dining opportunities.
If you are interested in reading about more attractions in Limpopo, visit the South African Tourism website.
Guests also appreciate having an idea of what there is to do in other areas, so find out where they are going next and offer some ideas for what they might like to do when they get there.