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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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Modadji, The Rain Queen

Two years after her grandmother, Modjadji V, died. On Friday, 11 April 2003, Princess Mmakobo Modjadji (25) was crowned Modjadji VI, queen of the BaLobedu people, at Ga- Modjadji, above Modjadjikloof. It was raining as the joyous and sacred ceremony ...


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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 co...


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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". Th...


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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...


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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: Central...


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Turfloop Nature Reserve

Turfloop Safaris is an independent and privately run business venture. It is a joint project between the local communities and government through Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) and the Limpopo Tourism and Parks (LTP). O...


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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 ...


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