The Bushveld Region is dominated by the Waterberg Mountains, the ideal destination for more off the beaten track tourism. The area is steeped in history and some artefacts found here date back to Stone Age times. The Welgevonden, Mabalingwe amd Mabula Game Reserves, all Big 5 reserves, are all found in Limpopo province and offer a variety of lodges and safari experiences.
Other places of interest are the Lapalala Wilderness, sanctuary for endangered animals - the world’s only dedicated Rhino Museum can be found here; Haernertsburg, known as the Land of the Silver Mist - this gorgeous village in the misty Magoebaskloof mountains near the town of Tzaneen is famous for its cherries, azaleas and abundant flora and birdlife; the Stone Age and Iron age relics of Makapansgat Valley and the treasures of Mapungubwe that date back to time immemorial; and Bela Bela (Warmbaths), so named because of the hot mineral spring at its centre.
A horseback safari offers an excellent opportunity to explore Limpopo and there are a number of operators in this area. The Soutpansberg enables riders to discover this magnificent mountain on horseback, the Waterberg to experience game-viewing in the same manner. It is an exhilarating experience to ride through the African bush as the pioneers did. Overnight trails and trails of up to eight days are on offer in the Lapalala Wilderness Area, as are day- to three-day trails in the Atherstone and Mabalingwe Nature Reserves. Horseback game-viewing is offered at Mabula Game Reserve in the Waterberg, where novices are welcome except on Big Game trails.
Limpopo is renowned for its hot yet pleasant summers and dry winters. Its weather is characterised by almost year-round sunshine. It can get very hot in summer (October – March), with temperatures rising to 27ºC (80,6 ºF) and, sometimes, even touching the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit).