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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. Elephants live in tightly-knit family groups led by a matriarch. The bulls remain solitary or may band together to form bachelor herds. A fully-grown elephant weighs around 6 000 to 7 000 kilogram and is the largest terrestrial animal. When there are young in the herd, the adult female may become aggressive and it is advisable not to venture too close to the herd. The leopard is a shy nocturnal animal that hunts mainly at night. This, and the fact that it prefers dense riverine areas and craggy hills, explains why it is often not easily spotted. The leopard hides its prey in trees from other predators and is often seen resting on a branch in a tree. It is the most wary and stealthy of the big cats, yet can be incredibly bold. Lions are the largest of the African cats and live in prides of varying size controlled by one or more dominant males. An adult male weighs about 180 kilograms and a female, 135 kilograms. Lions live for up to 20 years. The lion's roar, normally heard at dawn and dusk, can easily be heard within a radius of many kilometres. The rhinoceros is classified as either white or black, although there is no real colour difference between the two species. White rhino are generally larger with a flattened or square mouth and feed on grass. Black rhino have a pointed mouth that they use to strip leaves and break twigs. Rhino weigh up to 1 500 kilogram. The rhino's horn is formed from matted hair and skin. 

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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 - particula...


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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 know...


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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, elde...


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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...


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Heritage Day

Heritage Month represents an opportunity for South Africans to celebrate their rich and diverse cultural heritage. September marks national Heritage Month in South Africa. During this month tribute is payed to the crafters, many of whom are found in ...


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Kruger National Park

Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park (70% of which is in the Limpopo province). In its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates. This vast wilderness area stretches from the Limpo...


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Kruger’s Best Birding Drives

Pafuri produces arguably the most exciting birding in Kruger. The picnic site can be reached by taking an early start from Punda Maria, or staying at Pafuri River Camp near Pafuri Gate. Head for the Luvuhu River bridge, keeping an eye out for Armotâ€...


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Magoebaskloof Spring Festival

The Magoebaskloof Spring Fair in September is a laid-back affair. Visit a choice of local gardens on show, browse through craft markets, go picnicking or rambling in the forests, set sail on a sunset cruise. The markets are held in the village hall a...


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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 celeb...


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Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site

Southern Africa is often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Humankind’. Archeaological sites such as Sterkfontein and Makapans Caves add significant credence to this theory. The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape is situated on the southern banks of the gr...


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