Tourist attractions in and around Thohoyandou

Posted on 12 November 2023 By Nomvelo Masango

Located in the Southern parts of the Vhembe region, Thohoyandou is a town filled with natural beauty. From the lush banana plantations to the abundant maize lands, it is the home of all things lush, verdant and blooming. Thohoyandou is also one of the fastest emerging towns in Limpopo and carries a rich history.

A trip to Thohoyandou is nothing short of interesting as there is plenty to see, learn and explore in and around the area.

Here are just a few amazing attractions to explore:

Lake Fundudzi  

Lake Fundudzi is one of the very few freshwater inland lake systems in South Africa and is sacred to the Venda people. The enchanted body of water can be found on the R523 between Thohoyandou and Louis Trichardt.

Lake Fundudzi, Limpopo

Source: Facebook / @Lake Fundudzi, Limpopo

Although trips to the lake shore are rarely granted to visitors due to safety and traditional reasons, not all is lost. You can still catch the spectacular view of the lake at a viewpoint on the approach surrounded by mountains. Locals also have many stories regarding the lake and this will enable you to view the intimidating yet beautiful lake through their eyes.

The Big Tree of Sagole

The Sagole Baobab (popularly known as the Big Tree) stands 22 meters high. Its circumference is said to roughly equate to 36 people holding hands around the tree. Although the majestic baobab splits into several trunks higher up, it still maintains the appearance of a single tree.

It is one of the planet’s biggest trees and has been carbon dated as 1200 years of age. Amongst the locals, the baobab tree is also known as the tree that roars. This is due to the sound it makes when the wind blows through its gnarled branches. There are many interesting stories linked to the tree and it is undoubtedly an attraction worth exploring.

Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe National Park

Source: Facebook / @Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe National Park is a place of serenity and extraordinary history. The extensive savannah landscape is home to sandstone formations and breathtaking baobabs. The park also boasts a wealth of animal life including giraffes, elephants, lions, antelopes and even the endangered white rhino.

Mapungubwe provides an awesome window into Limpopo’s rich animal life, while also offering much information on the history of the area and its surrounds.

Tshatshingo Potholes

The Tshatshingo Potholes are undoubtedly a sight to behold. Formed by swirling water from the Mutale River, the flow runs into a series of natural water features, one of which is 30 meters deep. The attraction offers a very calming and refreshing experience. A well signposted gravel road leads to a viewing site overlooking the marvellous potholes.

Like many other attractions in and around Thohoyandou, there are a number of stories linked to the potholes which have been passed down from one generation to the next. Hearing about these legends from the locals enriches the overall experience of this peaceful and scenic place.

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