Waterberg & Limpopo
Panoramic vistas, rugged mountains, abundant wildlife and fascinating archaeological sites are all part and parcel of the Waterberg region and Limpopo Province.
Limpopo Province borders Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana and is named after the great grey-green but not greasy river (though Kipling was possibly referencing silt) that marks its northern border. It contains the Waterberg area, an untamed paradise for lovers of nature and wildlife with its many game reserves, and the intriguing remains of early man and ancient civilisations.
- UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve: Waterberg’s steep-sided mountain gorges, grassland plains, hills and wetlands add up not only to beautiful scenery but is also part of UNESCO-designated 12,000-hectare biosphere. The vegetation is largely bushveld grasses, shrubs and trees and there are rugged rock formations created by water erosion over hundreds of millions of years. You’ll want your camera at the ready as you explore by vehicle, horseback and on foot.
- Animals & birds: This is Big 5 territory and private game reserves such as Welgevonden, Jembisa and Ant’s enable you to discover the diverse wildlife during game drives, nature walks, bike and horse rides. Marakele National Park is a mecca for bird watchers and has the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world and the Nylsvley Nature Reserve and floodplain is a Ramsar site due to upwards of 100 species of waterfowl.
- Ancient civilisations: Makapans Cave yielded fossilised human and animal bones and man-made tools that date back to the early Stone Age, that’s over three million years ago, and show the controlled use of fire. The ruins of the first South African kingdom at Mapungubwe Hill whose most famous artefact is the small 800-year old gold rhinoceros are evidence of a culture which flourished long before Europeans arrived in Africa. Limpopo Province also contains some fine bushman rock art sites such as Makgabeng Plateau which has works created by San, Khoikhoi and Northern Sotho peoples.