Fascinating Limpopo Capricorn region

  • by African Times
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Grassy plains, bushveld, misty mountains, as well as myriad plant and animal species make it a treasure chest for the traveller.

NAMED after the Tropic of Capricorn, which passes through the northern section of Limpopo, the Capricorn Region stretches lithely from the Ysterberg, along the foothills of the lush Wolkberg Mountains, to the Tropic of Capricorn in the north.

It is ideally situated as a stopover between Gauteng and the northern areas of Limpopo and between the northwestern areas of the country and the Kruger National Park.

It is also in close proximity to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The major centres of the Capricorn Region include Polokwane, Dendron, Sekhukhune and Zebediela, the last being home to one of the largest citrus farms in the southern hemisphere.

The fascinating diversity of the region, incorporating grassy plains, bushveld and misty mountains, as well as a myriad plant and animal species, makes it a veritable treasure chest for the traveller.

The region has mines, farms, forests, cultural villages, dams, art, game and monuments, as well as a fascinating and diverse people.

It is the centre for local African culture, to which the numerous towns south of Polokwane and north of Mokopane attest in the coming together of carefully preserved social traditions and indigenous identities.

TOURIST ROUTES

African Ivory Route

The African Ivory Route is part of more than 3,6 million hectares of national parks, nature reserves and game farms stretching across the Limpopo Province. The Route extends for some 2000 km in a giant arc along the eastern, northern and western boundaries of the province.

The Limpopo Valley Route

The route affords the tourists the opportunity to experience the myths and legends of Limpopo. The route is strategically located along the Great North (N1) road towards Zimbabwe and is concentrated in the area along the Limpopo River in the Vhembe region.

The Valley of the Olifant Route

This route offers the tourist with the opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Limpopo – to explore the Lowveld region of South Africa. The route can be approached from the eastern side of the province, i.e. from Hoedspruit or from the south, i.e. Pretoria and Johannesburg through Polokwane.

Ribolla Open Africa Route

Limpopo is renowned for its arts, crafts and design. Some of the province’s most acclaimed crafters, better described as artists, include Noria Mabasa, Jackson Hlungwane, Phineas Masuvhelele and Sarah Munyai just to mention a few who form part of the Ribolla Open Africa Route.

Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route

Bird-watching is a rapidly growing industry worldwide. Not only is there overwhelming demand from visitors hailing from the UK and USA for access to birding destinations, but it has also been found that a large percentage of local tourism comprises the South African birdwatching fraternity.

Heritage Route

This route follows the R561 from Baltimore (N11) to Marken and via the R518 to Shongoane and Lephalale town. The road between Ga-Shongoane and Ga-Seleka also forms part of the route.

HIGHLIGHTS & ICONS

Baobab Tree

No tree in Africa embodies the spirit of Africa more than the baobab with its bulbous branches and gnarled bark.

Otherwise known as Africa’s ‘big tree’, the baobab is revered in African culture for many different reasons.

In ancient times kings, elders and leaders would hold meetings under huge baobabs to discuss matters of great importance.

Not only did the trees provide shelter, but the tribal leaders also believed that the spirit of the baobab would always help them make wise decisions.

Africa’s Big Five

The Big Five occur in many of the game and nature reserves in Limpopo.

Buffalo are the most abundant of the Big Five and occur in large herds that can number up to 600 animals. Deceptively docile, these animals are powerful and aggressive – particularly old bulls ejected from the herd who form small bachelor herds. When alarmed, a herd also tends to stampede.

Buffalo are regularly preyed upon by lions.

Amarula Lapa

Limpopo (Phalaborwa) is also home to the famous Amarula Cream Liqueur.

The Amarula Lapa is a promotional tasting and tourist visitor centre situated 10 km outside Phalaborwa. Amarula Cream, made from the fruit of the indigenous marula tree (also known as the ‘marriage tree’ or ‘elephant tree’), dates back to 1989 and has since grown into a world leader among liqueurs.

Turfloop Nature Reserve

Turfloop Safaris is an independent and privately run business venture.

It is a joint project between the local communities and government through Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) and the Limpopo Tourism and Parks (LTP). Organised by the Baobab Tourist Services in Turfloop Nature Reserve.

Baobab Tourist Services, the holding company, is a Tour Operator and travel agent based in Pretoria and with operations throughout the country and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

 

MORE INFO

P O Box 2814, Polokwane, 0700, South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 290 2010

Fax: +27 (0) 15 293 3655

E-mail: info@golimpopo.com

Website: www.golimpopo.com

 

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