Limpopo & The Panorama Route

Named after the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border, the northern most province in South Africa is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures.

This uncrowded and natural province boasts wildlife safaris and nature trails – untamed Africa at its finest. This is also the land of wide-open bushveld, big skys, the ever-present thorn tree and the mystical baobab tree. In the Soutpansberg mountains there are 340 indigenous tree species, an abundance of animal life and the world’s highest concentration of leopard.

Travel Itineraries Featuring Limpopo & The Panorama Route

Special Places To Stay Around Limpopo & The Panorama Route

Nkomazi Game Reserve

Komati Tented Lodge - 12 tents

The 15 000 hectare Nkomazi Game Reserve is close to the picturesque town of Barberton, a malaria free area south west of the Kruger National Park. Komati Tented Lodge is situated on the banks of the Komati River, surrounded by the ancient Barkonjwa mountains.

The Thornybush Collection

4 Superior Suites & 1 Presidential Suite

Thornybush Nature Reserve is 14,000 hectares of pristine African bush bordering Kruger National Park. The Big Five, as well as cheetah, smaller game and birds of prey can be encountered - experience abundant game at close quarters! There is a range of lodges and camps for all tastes and budgets.

About Limpopo & The Panorama Route

The Limpopo encompasses the northern part of the Kruger National Park, the northern section being wilder, with fewer facilities and a lot less people. There are a number of community projects and lodges that have been opened to compensate communities who lost their land under apartheid and to make for the consolidation of Kruger National Park. The Valley of the Olifants is known also for its spectacular scenery, mountains, rivers, dams, history and cultural and ethnic attractions. The province also borders Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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 27°C (80,6 °F) and, sometimes, even touching the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit).

Limpopo Province is also the home of Modjadji, the fabled Rain Queen, descendent of the Kingdom of Monomotapa (Zimbabwe). She used powers handed down to her through generations to end the two year drought caused by her grandmothers death...