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.
Fly from OR Tambo International Airport to Hoedspruit (Eastgate Airport). Meet your guide and drive to Kapama Cheetah Breeding centre for a guided tour of the centre. Lunch will be served at the Nyani Cultural village while experiencing the Shangaan culture. After Lunch drive to a Game Lodge for an afternoon game drive and accommodation.
Fly from OR Tambo International Airport to Polokwane International Airport. Visit Bakone Malapa open museum and explore the living culture of the Bakone people and proceed to Magoebaskloof via Moria (Headquarters of the Zion Christian Church) - one of the biggest churches in Southern Africa with a membership of more than 5 million.
Visit Debengeni Waterfalls within the scenic and breath taking Magoebaskloof Pass believed by locals to be inhabited by water spirits. Over forty species of indigenous trees are found in the area.
Meet your guide at OR Tambo International Airport and drive along the N1 North to the birding paradise of Nylsvley which is a unique flood plain and a principal wetland (Ramsar site), protected for its prolific and largest variety of water birds in the Southern Hemisphere.Overnight at a game lodge in the Waterberg.
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.
In the Kruger National Park most people enjoy the show from the seat of a vehicle. But for a privileged few, a four day hiking trail along the Olifants River offers an intimate glimpse of a wild place beyond the roads and behind the scenes.
The Trail In brief