More than just bushveld: Get to know Limpopo

Posted by Adrian Brown on 23 November 2020

Limpopo is known for the bushveld and exellent wildlife reserves, including part of Kruger National Park. This beautiful province borders Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.

However, there is more to the province than safari escapes. In the western parts of the Kruger, you will find the craggy Blouberg mountains and Makgabeng Plateau with ancient rock art. Near the provincial capital Polokwane, you will come across the Arend Dieperink Museum and fossil-rich caves of Makapansgat.

Limpopo has not one but three airports, including Polokwane International Airport, Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit and Kruger National Park Airport in Phalaborwa.

 

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This province also has prisitne forests, lakes, stunning scenery, and world-famous arts and crafts. The province is steeped in spiritual and cultural beliefs that find expression in the multiple woodcarvings, pottery, and architecture visible throughout Limpopo.

 

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Another one of the popular attractions include the Echo Caves in the northernmost range of the Drakensberg. The caves are well known for the hollow dolomite in this area. Visitors can enjoy hour-long tours through beautiful large chambers with stalactites and stalagmites. Zipline adventures are also a common attraction and activity in the province. The Waterberg Zipline takes guests on an exciting, two-hour journey sliding from one platform to the next.

 

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Other attractions include game reserves, gin and whiskey tasting, warm baths, and seeing the Amarula Lapa.

Here are some interesting facts about the province according to Go Limpopo:.

– Limpopo is called the Bread and Fruit Basket of South Africa, producing up to 60% of all fruit, vegetables, maize meal, wheat, and cotton.

– Limpopo is also one of South Africa’s richest agricultural areas. More than 45% of the R2-billion annual turnover of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market comes from Limpopo.

– Limpopo hosts more than 3.6 million hectares of national parks, nature reserves, and game farms, making up 70% of South Africa’s protected land.

– The world’s largest reserves of platinum group metals are to be found in the centre of the province, which also has rich deposits of chrome, vanadium, nickel, and titanium.

– The province is also the world’s largest producer of antimony, a strategic element used in alloys and medicine.

Also read:

Forgotten Provinces: Limpopo

 

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