Limpopo

Previously called the Northern Province, Limpopo is a land of beautiful and contrasting landscape.  This landscape, which is typical of Africa has made Limpopo a favorite destination for leisure and adventure travelers worldwide.

Come to a region of infinite scenic beauty with a great diversity of natural and man-made attractions, rich cultural heritage and an abundance of wildlife and nature-based tourism opportunities.

The Limpopo network of protected areas and nature reserves are amongst the best on the African continent.  Through these nature reserves, natural heritage is being preserved for future generations and shared with both the local and international community.

The spectacular mountain scenery beckons hikers, climbers and bikers while mystic cultural destinations intrigue both local and international tourists.  The game viewing is absolutely fantastic and possibly the best in the country.

Limpopo Province is located in the far Northern part of South Africa sharing borders with three neighboring countries, namely Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  The province also shares provincial borders with Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West provinces.

Limpopo landscape and vegetation varies from one area to the other.  The vegetation ranges from tropical forests, bush and shrubs to semi-desert areas with small trees and bushes.  The landscape also ranges from mountainous to flat land.

Limpopo is divided into five regions strategically located according to the cultural inhabitants.  Capricorn is the central region predominantly occupied by Bapedi people, Waterberg is the largest region in the province with the majority of people being the Batswana people.  Vhembe region in the far north is dominated by Vhavenda and Vatsonga people.  Mopani region towards the Kruger National Park is dominated by Vatsonga whereas the Sekhukhuni region is dominated by Bapedi and Ndebele people.

Limpopo is the only province in South Africa with more than two cultural groups staying together in their original habitat in harmony.  Other ethnic groups include the English and Afrikaner people.

English is regarded as the business language but other native languages of the province include Tshivenda, Sepedi, Xitsonga, Setswana, Isindebele and Afrikaans.

Limpopo has a predominant Christian religion society; however there are other traditional religions including Muslim and Hindu.

Most of the businesses operate during work days from 09h00 to 17h00.  Most (formal) businesses accept credit cards.  National Banks are also available and they offer services of international standards including foreign exchange and ATM machines.

Limpopo land area takes 123 910kmwith a population of 5 274million.  Polokwane International Airport (PTG) is the main airport with other local airport such as Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit and Kruger National Park Airport (PHW) in Phalaborwa.

The Province has a network of tarred roads covering the entire area including the tarred road inside the Kruger National Park.

Internet operates in most areas and there are internet cafes available in major towns around the province.  Mobile phone reception may be limited in outlying areas.

 

With thanks to the Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board.

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