Highlights & Icons in Vhembe Region

Baobab trees - South Africa

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 ...

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.

Baobab trees - South Africa

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.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site

Southern Africa is often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Humankind’.

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:

Diamond Route

The Diamond Route

The Diamond Route links eight sites across northern South Africa in a tourism route. It stretches from Namaqualand on the west coast, to Kimberley (Benfontein, Rooipoort and Dronfield), then north to Tswalu in the Kalahari, through Brenthurst Gardens in Johannesburg eastwards to Ezemvelo Nature Reserve and northwards to the Venetia Limpopo reserve in far Limpopo.

The route is geared for both ecotourism and general tourism, incorporating new and largely undiscovered natural wonders, as well as historical and cultural elements, including diamond-mining.