1. Go on safari
Spotting elephants on safari © Limpopo Tourism
Home to the Kruger, the world’s largest national park, Limpopo has many other less famous, but equally wonderful places to get close to nature and wildlife. Several smaller game and nature parks flank Kruger itself, including Timbavati, Kapama, Thornybush, Balule, Makalali, Karongwe and Klaserie, while the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve includes the Marakele National Park and the Welgevonden, Entabeni, Waterberg, Mabalingwe and Mabula reserves.
Nature lovers also have a choice of game or birdwatching safaris, travelling by car, horse or on foot. You can enjoy pampered luxury, budget trips or visit sustainable tourism projects that feature local culture and heritage. And you can add golf, spas, honeymoon or photography to the experience.
2. Have a heart-racing outdoor adventure
Hot air ballooning © Limpopo Tourism
Want even more of a thrill? Try hiking, hot air ballooning, horse trails, river safaris, boating, quad or mountain biking, and fly-fishing. Get even more extreme with kloofing (canyoning), canopy tours, abseiling, skydiving, microlighting, rock climbing and tubing. Many of these adventures take place around wildlife, when you can walk with lions, ride among zebras or fly on an anti-poaching patrol by helicopter.
3. Explore the trails
South Africa is home to a host of colourful bird species © Limpopo Tourism
Limpopo has a great variety of landscapes and there are many trails that allow you to explore this wonderful part of Africa. Whether you want to walk, ride a bike or a horse, you’ll find one of the right length and challenge to suit, from gentle bushveld safaris and shady forest paths to strenuous mountain climbs.
Along the way, you’ll spot ,any different animals and more than 600 bird species, 420 of which are native to the province. There are several trails dedicated to birdwatching, including the Soutpansberg, Capricorn-Letaba and Waterberg routes. Trails might be on private reserves or in national parks. Other trails will take you through cultural villages and craft projects, perhaps visiting a socially uplifting initiative.
4. Play a round of gold with a difference
The Extreme 19th © Limpopo Tourism Agency
The Legend Golf and Safari Resort is home to what has been described as the ‘most extreme golf hole in the world’. The Extreme 19th is the world’s highest and longest par-3 hole, where you can see a green shaped like Africa herself from a mountaintop almost 500 yards above.
It’s certainly a highlight, but there are many other memorable courses in Limpopo, including Koro Creek, Euphoria, Hans Merensky, Zebula and Mabalingwe. On many of them, you can see African wildlife as you play, an unforgettable experience. Some of the courses are part of resorts that offer spa pampering afterwards (or instead), with first-class restaurants and amazing rooms and suites.