The African Ivory Route is part of more than 3,6 million hectares of national parks, nature reserves and game farms stretching across the Limpopo Province. The Route extends for some 2000 km in a giant arc along the eastern, northern and western boundaries of the province.
The route affords the tourists the opportunity to experience the myths and legends of Limpopo. The route is strategically located along the Great North (N1) road towards Zimbabwe and is concentrated in the area along the Limpopo River in the Vhembe region.
This route offers the tourist with the opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Limpopo – to explore the Lowveld region of South Africa. The route can be approached from the eastern side of the province, i.e. from Hoedspruit or from the south, i.e. Pretoria and Johannesburg through Polokwane.
This route is of special interest to archaeology and history buffs. From Pretoria, the route leads northwards towards the town of Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) on the Great North Road (the N1).
This is an area that is rich with wildlife including the BIG FIVE found in both privately and publicly owned nature reserves. The route proceeds northwestwards via Thabazimbi with the Marakele National Park nearby, through Vaalwater and the Waterberg mountains and onto Mokolo Dam and the nearby Lapalala Wilderness reserve.
The Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route celebrates the incredibly rich history of the northern part of the Limpopo Province of South Africa over the last 1 000 years.
Short description The Route links numerous cultural (and natural) heritage sites via a circular route centred around key sites such as: the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, the Thulamela Archaeological Site and the cluster of heritage sites around the sacred Lake Fundudzi and royal Dzata Museum.
Limpopo is renowned for its arts, crafts and design. Some of the province's most acclaimed crafters, better described as artists, include Noria Mabasa, Jackson Hlungwane, Phineas Masuvhelele and Sarah Munyai just to mention a few who form part of the Ribolla Open Africa Route.
Bird-watching is a rapidly growing industry worldwide. Not only is there overwhelming demand from visitors hailing from the UK and USA for access to birding destinations, but it has also been found that a large percentage of local tourism comprises the South African birdwatching fraternity.
This route follows the R561 from Baltimore (N11) to Marken and via the R518 to Shongoane and Lephalale town. The road between Ga-Shongoane and Ga-Seleka also forms part of the route.