10 things to do in Limpopo

  1. The ancient city of Mapungubwe is an Iron Age archaeological site 75km from Messina. One thousand years ago, Mapungubwe appears to have been the centre of the largest known kingdom in the African sub-continent. The civilization thrived as a sophisticated trading centre from around 1200 to 1300 AD, trading gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe/
  2. Limpopo has a great selection of golf courses, including the much-lauded Zebula, Drakensig, Hans Marensky and Legends courses.
  3. Spend a day with the crocodiles at the Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm in Modimolle, which offers fully guided tours. Work up an appetite watching some of the 45,000 residents being fed and satiate your hunger at the café. http://thabakwena.co.za/
  4. The Arend Dieperink Museum contains a valuable cultural historical collection of Sotho and Voortrekker artefacts. It is housed in a graceful stone building originally built as a school. The museum portrays the history of the town and surroundings from the time of the ape-men at Makapan’s Cave, right through to the Anglo Boer War and recent times. http://www.golimpopo.com/
  5. Get your tyres dirty on the Rust De Winter Bundu 4×4 Trail. Guides take you on an 80-kilometre, two-day ride over steep rocky ascents and descents, sandy tracks and river crossings. Although this is strictly a guided activity, you do need some off-roading experience, or be willing to undertake training before you set off. Bring your camping gear for the overnight stop. http://4x4atv.org/bundu-trail/
  6. Limpopo Ceramics specialises in handmade ceramics. Their products are popular both locally and internationally. If the patterns on offer don’t appeal to you, you can commission them to create a design especially for you. As each piece is hand-crafted by local previously disadvantaged artists, no two products will ever be identical. Materials are sourced locally, making the products eco-friendly for not requiring transport to the manufacturer. https://limpopoceramics.co.za/
  7. Interact with a small herd of habituated elephants at Adventures With Elephants in Bela Bela, including two captive born youngsters. And don’t leave without saying hi to Trouble, the resident meerkat. http://adventureswithelephants.com/
  8. No visit to the region is complete without a visit to the Qualito Craft Distillery, where spirits are meticulously coaxed by hand from grain to glass. Watch expert distillers carefully guide the process from choosing the best grains to crafting something that is nothing short of a creation. It’s a popular outing, so be sure to book to avoid disappointment. https://qualito.co.za/
  9. Relax your body, mind and soul at the Earth Spa just outside of Tzaneen. Qualified beauticians and therapists, reputable and accredited products together with a wide bouquet of treatment options have been carefully selected to offer an outstanding spa experience. http://www.tznlodge.co.za/earth-spa.php
  10. Birders will definitely want to book a guided walk at Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge. David and Paul have ‘stakeouts’ for the specials in the Woodbush Forest like the Cape Parrot, Bat Hawk, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Knysna Turaco, White-starred Robin, Orange Ground Thrush, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Barratt’s Warbler, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Olive Woodpecker, Chorister Robin-Chat, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, African Crowned Eagle and many more. https://www.krm.co.za/accommodation-birding.php