The Limpopo Valley Route
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. The traveller can start the tour by exploring the attractions of the western section of the region such as the Blouberg nature reserve before heading into big game country where the focus shifts to the hunting history of South Africa. Small provisioning centres such as Vivo and Alldays are reminders of the continuing hunting tradition. Limpopo province is the premier hunting destination in South Africa. In the 18th century the area around the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers was an important big game hunting ground. The trail retraces the old route along the Limpopo River blazed centuries ago by people trading with Arab and Portuguese merchants on the east coast. They left behind the ruins of Mapungubwe, the burial place of ancient African royalty, and Great Zimbabwe. A visit to the Mapungubwe heritage site is worth a while for any tourist in the area. The route proceeds into the heartland of the "land of legends and myths" – Musina, Mutale, and Thohoyandou. Some of the interesting sites for visitors include the sacred forest of Thatwe Vonde, Lake Fundudzi, Dzata ruins, and "Big Tree (200-year old Baobab), and a visit to Makuya Park in the Levubu Gorge – one of the province’s last remaining wilderness area. Whilst in the area, the visitor can enter the Kruger National Park either on its northern most gate at Pafuri or Punda Maria, to visit the Thulamela heritage site, and local art and craft markets.