Highlights & Icons in Waterberg Region

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Whether you're planning adventurous game drives, a rural camping retreat, bird watching or tranquil hours spent angling, here are some icons and highlights which should not be missed, when visiting Limpopo ...

Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve was formally launched in 2001.

It is one of some 400 UNESCO-registered biosphere reserves established around the world. It is the only “savanna” reserve of this type in southern Africa.

Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is situated within the Bushveld. The Waterberg, as the name implies, serves as a water reservoir for this arid region. It is an area consisting of low mountain ranges and escarpments with poor soils and a relatively low level of economic activity.

Bela Bela

Bela Bela

A visit to Bela-Bela provides a unique and invigorating family holiday in the heart of the unspoilt Waterberg.

Long before the mineral waters at Bela-Bela were used therapeutically, they were discovered by the Tswana in the 1800s and named Bela- Bela, meaning ‘the water that boils on its own’.

Africa's Big Five

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

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.

Ndebele

The Ndebele

Although the origins of the Ndebele are shrouded in mystery, they have been identified as one of the Nguni people. The Nguni people represent nearly two thirds of South Africa's African population and can be divided into 4 distinct groups:

Nylsvley Internationally Renowned Ramsar Site

Nylsvley Nature Reserve

Nylsvley is one of the top birding spots in Southern Africa, with at least 365 species recorded.

A Ramsar site is known for  "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world".

Nylsvley is an internationally renowned RAMSAR site, Nylsvley was recognized as a Ramsar site in 1997.Nylsvley forms part of South Africa's largest flood-plain, the 16,000-ha Nyl River Flood-plain that stretches over 70 km from Modimolle to Mokopane.

Makapan's Caves

Makapan's Caves

The Makapan Valley in Limpopo is the only cultural heritage site of its kind.

It has a history of the Ndebele people and resistance wars dating back 151 years. People in this area will be conscientised of the universal value of the site as they celebrate the history and prepare for the preservation challenges as communities.

Oppikoppi Music Festival

Oppikoppi Music Festival

The first festival took place in 1994 and was orientated mainly towards Afrikaans rock music and attracted over 1000 music lovers.

Oppikoppi is a colloquial abbreviation of the Afrikaans phrase "op die koppie", which literally means "on the hill". The camping area is at the foot of a hill, on top of which is a bar and the Sipho Gumede stage.

This stage features all the hip hop and dance acts, while the main Oppikoppi stage features all of the big acts and most of the rock.