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Top Tourist Places To Visit in Limpopo

About Limpopo

Limpopo is located at the Northmost province of South Africa, with Polokwane, the land of myths and legends as its capital. Limpopo is considered as the premium destination to explore vast sites for wildlife and rich cultural heritage. The land is known for its protected natural reserves. The rich cultural heritage adds charm to the ancient appeal of the land. Limpopo is an amalgamation of beautiful and contrasting landscapes and mountains that has made it popular among the adventure lovers across the globe. Its neighboring borders with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) make Limpopo the perfect destination to explore this blend of riches in the African continent.


Tourist Attractions - Best Places to Visitaernertsbu :
    → Alldays
Alldays is the village of Vivo and Dendro which is distinctive rural area retaining its rural charm with the archeological artifacts. It offers an extensive area for hunting and private games.
    → Haernertsburg
The town has a rustic charm and is particularly pretty in spring when the cherry trees and azaleas are in full bloom. It is also known as the land of silver mist which offers to the tourists a great view of the mountains and forestry.
    → Kruger National Park
The world famous Kruger Park offers an audacious wildlife experience to its tourists. With well developed roads and rest camps it is mainly a self drive destination.
    → Timbavati Game Reserve
A visit to the Soutpansberg Mountain and Limpopo Valley is an adventurous experience to explore through the archeological sites, game and bird viewing, hiking, safaris and many such mind blowing sightseeing.
    → Ekuthuleni Lodge
This place of peace is in the heart of Waterberg Mountains in South Africa. It offers you a mesmerizing view of landscapes along with the myriad species of birds from across the world.
    → Venda
It is the Land of legends located in the north eastern corner of the Soutpansberg. To visit this destination is to explore real Africa and the great ancient culture of Zimbabwe. The unspoiled landscapes give a chance to indulge in the history, culture and lifestyle of the most ancient and fascinating people.
    → Hoedspruit
An exclusive game destination that offers a range of game reserves in the vicinity along with the wilderness. The serene beauty of nature adds charm to the adventure in midst of the mountains and landscapes.
    → Kruger National Park Biosphere Reserve
Acknowledging to the global significance of Greater Kruger bioregion is this biosphere reserve which is known world wide for its international quality ecosystems and protected areas laid adjacent to human surroundings.
    → Lake Fundudzi & Thathe Vondo Forest
Lake Funduzi is a thrilling place stepped in the Venda mythology. The place consists of wide range of ecology and beautiful scenery of afro temperate forests.
    → Lephalale
Offering excellent game-viewing opportunities and sports tourism with a crimson sky during the sunset is like an unforgettable experience.
    → Louis Trichardt
The place situated at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountain range accommodates several historic buildings. The Medike rock-art site contains fascinating paintings and sculptures, which gives an aesthetic feel to the tourists.
    → Modimolle
The town is merely one-and-a half hour drive from Johannesburg it is famous for its export quality grapes and soft fruits such as peaches and watermelons. The pleasant climate with beautiful scenery makes Modimolle a year round holiday destination.
    → Modjadji Nature Reserve
An excellent overview of Kruger National park makes an ecstatic experience. The exclusive species of single cycad species in the world are grown here and are found here in abundance. The vernacular artifacts spread around the periphery add to allure to the destination.
    → Mokopane, Waterberg
The unbroken sequence of artifacts of the earlier Stone Age to the later Stone Age gives the tourist an understanding of the human evolution. Mokopane includes a view of caves as well as an opportunity to visit the museum that contains the ancient artifacts.
    → Phalaborwa
Less than 2km away from Kruger National park is situated one of the countries youngest towns where the distinction between summers and winters is quite negligible. The land is rich in minerals and contains large mining sites and craftsmanship.
    → Modjadjikloof
Modjadjikloof lies on the fertile area of the entrance to the Lowveld, it is a pretty village with panoramic view of the surrounding Wolkberg Mountains. The EFAF Elephant Training facility at Mooketsi near Modjadjikloof gives a fascinating insight of the mystery and magic of the amazing African Elephant.
    → Polokwane
Marked by monuments Eersteling Monuments is the site of the country's first gold crushing and gold power plant site. An open-Air Museum depicts the traditional and modern-day culture of the Bakone people. The Pietersburg Game Reserve has more than 21 species and offers picturesque sites.
    → Thabazimbi
Iron ore reef was first discovered here in 1919 that lead to its name as "mountain of iron". Along with some unique mining sites it is becoming a famous destination for the nature-lovers.
State : North most province of South Africa lying within the great curve of the Limpopo River.
Country : South Africa.
Area : 122 1037 square kilometers and is the 5th largest province in South Africa.
Population : The countries population is about 47900 000 (2008) with a density of 39/Km2.
Currency : Rand ZAR.

Climate and Geography

The Limpopo Province enjoys hot yet pleasant summers and dry winters. The weather is characterised by almost year-round sunshine. It can get very hot in summer (October through to March), with temperatures rising to 27ºC (80.6 ºF) and sometimes reaching temperatures in the mid 30ºs Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit). This is mild compared to the Lowveld where some towns such as Phalaborwa have been known to reach 45ºC (116ºF). One of the great attractions is the Kruger National Park, where tourists can expect summer temperatures around the 30ºC (86ºF) mark. Limpopo Province is renowned for its hot yet pleasant summers and dry, mild winters. Polokwane (Pietersburg), capital of Limpopo, is roughly situated in the centre of the province and it’s weather is very similar to that found in most areas of the province. It is characterised by almost year-round sunshine and can get very hot in summer (October-March), with temperatures rising to 27°C (80,6°F) and sometimes even touching the mid-thirties Celsius (mid-nineties Fahrenheit). But this is mild compared to the Lowveld where some towns such as Phalaborwa have been known to reach 45°C (116°F). One of the great attractions to Limpopo is the Kruger National Park, where tourists can expect summer temperatures around 30°C (86°F). Thunderstorms are not uncommon in this part of the country and many afternoons will find the horizon filled with heavy clouds. Winter is typical of the interior highveld plateau: a sunny season of crisp, chilly, early mornings and cold nights (cool nights in the Lowveld) and dry afternoons. One can expect to be changing clothes as the day progresses from the cool dawn through the warm day and into the cool night. Rest assured, though, that in general the weather of the Limpopo Province will greet you with a hospitable display of sunshine and temperance.

Health Precaution in Limpopo : Medical facilities Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class, but you will find that in rural areas the clinics and hospitals deal with primary health needs, and therefore do not offer the range of medical care that the large metropliitan hospitals do. Trained medical caregivers are deployed round the country, so help is never far away. The sun We have a warm sunny climate and you should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm, regardless of whether there is cloud cover or not. Even if you have a dark complexion, you can still get sunburned if you are from a colier climate and have not had much exposure to the sun. Sunglasses are also recommended wear, as the glare of the African sun can be strong. Malaria While most of the Limpopo is malaria-free, visitors to the northern parts near the Zimbabwean border as well as the Lowveld towards Mozambique are advised to take a malarial prophylaxis at least a week before entering these areas. Preventing mosquito bites, by staying indoors between dusk and dawn and wearing long sleeve clothing and trousers, is the most effective way to prevent malaria. If you show any malaria symptoms, very similar to flu, which occur up to six months after leaving a malaria risk are, it is important that your doctor tests you and if necessary, medical treatment is given immediately. Visitors from yellow fever areas need a vaccination certificate to obtain entry. Can I drink the water? High-quality tap (faucet) water is available almost everywhere in South Africa, treated so as to be free of harmful micro-organisms, and in any area other than informal or shack settlements, is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap. In some areas, the water is mineral-rich, and you may experience a bit of gastric distress for a day or two until you get used to it. Bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, is readily available in most places. HIV/Aids As in other countries, always take precautions when having sex. South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. For more information, see HIV/Aids in South Africa.

Transportation

By car:- The N1 runs from Cape Town, Bloemfontein and the Gauteng to the Limpopo Province and straight through it and on to Harare in Zimbabwe. Car Hire and Transport Services Public roads in South Africa are well developed and well sign-posted with driving done on the left hand side of the road. Drivers must have an international drivers license and a minimum of 5 years driving experience to hire a car in South Africa.

By Plane:- Hoedspruit has an airport with regular flights to Johannesburg. Polokwane International Airport Pietersburg / Polokwane International Airport is situated five kilometres from town. There is no bus service to town, but major car hire companies have rental kiosks at the airport and taxis are also readily available.


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