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The province of Limpopo is located in the north of South Africa and was named after the river Limpopo in 2002. The former name was Northern Province and until 1994 it was part of the former Transvaal Province. Limpopo borders Botswana and Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east. The Kruger Park is mostly located in Limpopo.

This legendary land abounds with ruins and other remnants of ancient forests, sparkling trout waters, hot springs and waterfalls. Much of this has not changed for centuries, and there are plenty of opportunities to experience the original Africa. The northern part of the Kruger Park is known for its large herds of elephants and buffaloes, for a considerable number of sable and a rich birdlife.

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Through the province runs the N1 Highway, also called “Great North Road”, a busy road. It leads from Johannesburg to Zimbabwe and from there on to Zambia, and is South Africa’s most important transportation link to countries in eastern Africa.

The province is rich in mineral resources and mainly produces platinum and copper in the Phalaborwa region. The agricultural use of the province focuses on extensive livestock (cattle). From the – relatively humid – Letaba district come tropical fruits, especially mangos, litchis, avocados, bananas and papayas. There are also extensive tea plantations here.

Limpopo is “prime game country”. Not only does the entire northern part of the Kruger National Park belong to the province. Also in the Waterberg region there are several excellent game reserves with the “Big 5”. This region is also malaria free and is therefore preferred by many visitors.

Deep in northeastern South Africa, in the province of Limpopo, and amidst the Waterberg Mountains, the Malacca Region is home to the Marakele National Park. The next town is Thabazimbi. Johannesburg is about 250 kilometres away. The unpaved parking paths require a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

In the Tswana language, the National Park is called the Holy Sanctuary. Sanctuary is the park in its location between the dry western regions and the humid east, for a large number of wildlife. Elephants, hippos, giraffes, the big wild cats – everything is bustling here.

Unique to the here breeding 800 pairs of Cape Vultures. Contrasting mountain ranges, grassy hills and deep valleys characterize the landscape of the Waterberg region as well as the rare specimens of giant yellowwood and cedar trees, as well as cycads and tree ferns, all over five meters high.

Between about 950 and 1300 years Mapungubwe was considered the center of the largest kingdom in southern Africa and in early July 2003 UNESCO declared the cultural landscape Mapungubwe a World Heritage Site.

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In the tri-border region of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, at the mouth of the Shashe, a rich burial place was found in 1932 in an inaccessible sandstone hill, with gold and copper jewelry and glass beads. Gradually, an almost untouched palace and several charred huts were found. Mapungubwe (“Place of the Jackal”) became an important archaeological site in South Africa.

The once mighty capital, in the far north of today’s Limpopo province, was inhabited by a highly cultured people. Gold, ivory and ores were exchanged with the Arab merchants for glass beads from India, porcelain from China and fabrics. The earliest evidence of bartering between traders on the coast of what is now Mozambique and the highlands comes from an Arabic chronologist from the 10th century.

The Soutpansberg region stretches from the Tropic of Capricorn in the south to the mighty Limpopo River in the north. The eastern border is the internationally known Kruger Park. The Mogalakwena River snakes its way through the plains, forming the western border of the area. The region boasts one of the country’s richest natural heirs.

A wealth of endemic vegetation, the vast diversity of birdlife, including rare birds of prey and the best of South Africa wildlife. Rare, endangered species found in this region provide an ideal breeding ground for the mysteries of Africans. Bushmen and other indigenous tribes have forever interwoven theirs with the history of the Voortrekkers, traders and hunters.

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