Provincial reserves in Limpopo

Head north in South Africa and take in some special sights and activities in the provincial reserves. 

The proposed route includes stops at some reserves that don't get the attention they deserve.  The spectacular Blouberg Mountains are home to an astounding array of bird life, including a breeding vulture colony.  The game drives are enthralling, and many roads are only accessible with a 4x4. 

Other reserves - like Hans Merensky Nature Reserve - take you out of the vehicle and on foot with great hiking trails. 

We include day visit highlights such as a pub located inside a boabab tree! 

Legends

Limpopo is celebrated for its cycads and baobab trees.  Each is also steeped in folklore and tradition. 

The cycad forest at Modjadji is the lush royal compound of the Rain Queen, Madjadji.  Surrounded by a parched landscape, a rain belt nurses the world's largest cycad trees. The Modjadji cycad (Encephalartos transvenosus) forms a unique natural forest which can be viewed in its prehistoric state.  The forest has picnic spots, a cycad nursery, information centre and trails deep into the forest. 

The baobab legend is even older than the Rain Queen's lineage.  The San people tell the story of the Great Spirit giving each animal a tree.  Last in line to receive the gift was the hyena.  Hyena was so upset at the gift of a baobab tree that he pulled it out the ground and planted it upside down.  The tree looked so strange that Hyena could not stop laughing!

For more culture and history head north to Mapungubwe National Park.  The park was established in 1995 and declared a World Heritage Site in July 2003.  

Attractions in the park include small Iron Age sites at Greefswald, stonewalled sites on hilltops, some identified as Khami-type ruins, San rock paintings, engravings (petroglyphs), fossilised dinosaur footprints and skeletal remains of the dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus, extinct for 65 million years.

Activities include guided tours to archaeological and San rock-art sites. Guided night drives are offered but no walking trails as there are dangerous animals in the park. For an additional fee the park also offers an Eco-Route, which is a self-drive route through some of the more remote parts of the park, as well as a guided trail into a limited motorised zone. These routes showcase wildlife and geomorphological riches of Mapungubwe National Park.

Kruger campsites

Camp on the Timbavati river at Maroela campsite.  Enjoy night drives or bush walks in small groups.  Or stay over at Tamboti - scenic, secluded and boasting a bird hide. 

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