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Lying in the heart of the Limpopo Province, the Capricorn region is unrivalled for its diverse landscape that combines to form a heady mix of grassy plains, bushveld, mountains shrouded in mist, incredible geological formations, and an equally diverse plant and animal life.
But the Capricorn Region is probably best known for its bushveld. It stretches from the Ysterberg along the lower reaches of the Wolkberg Mountains to the tropic of Capricorn in the north, from whence it gets its name, identified by a geographical landmark along the N1 just north of Polokwane, the major city of the Capricorn region. The area also boasts an assortment of cultural villages, game reserves, forests, dams and San art. History and culture are richly represented with archaeological and historical sites, Voortrekker history, fossils, bones and artefacts; and visitors are drawn here for the hiking, game viewing and 4x4 adventure safaris.
The African Ivory Route, no longer associated with the legendary exploitation of elephants and their ivory, is today a series of semi-permanent tent camps throughout the Capricorn region, with local community participation, that extends further afield in the Limpopo. It spans a rough 1500 km route along Limpopo’s Golden Horseshoe with terrain characterised by vast plains of bushveld, mountains and wildlife.
There is no shortage of things to do in this region. Polokwane, the major commercial hub of the area, is a charming city - its wide jacaranda-lined streets dotted with fine examples of historical architecture and regular art exhibitions in the centre of the town. On the slopes of the Wolkberg and Drakensberg mountains lies the little hamlet of Haenertsburg, worth a stopover en route to the Kruger National Park, and the little town of Mokopane, (formerly known as Potgietersrus), is rich in Voortrekker history.
Destinations / Towns of the Capricorn Region
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Haenertsburg
Perched on the slopes of the Wolkberg and Drakensberg mountains, that together form what is known as the great escarpment in Limpopo, lies the dainty little village of Haenertsburg, on Route 71 between Polokwane and ... Haenertsburg information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Houtbosdorp
The little hamlet of Houtbosdorp, in the Capricorn region of Limpopo, lies nestled in the foothills of the northern-most part of the Drakensberg Mountains. The area is infused with tranquil lakes, bountiful waterfalls ... Houtbosdorp information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Magoebaskloof
This particularly beautiful part of the world lies at the foot of the northern tip of the Drakensberg range of mountains about 58 kilometres from Polokwane. Magoebaskloof is hiking country, the landscape dominated by ... Magoebaskloof information
Polokwane, the capital of the Limpopo Province and formerly known as Pietersburg, is the cultural hub of the region half way between Pretoria and the Zimbabwean border - a city graced with wide streets, green spaces and ... Polokwane information
Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Capricorn Region
Regarded as a living museum, the Bakone Malapa Museum near Polokwane is one of several museums and national monuments that bear testimony to South Africa’s peoples. The Bakone Malapa, where tribesmen practise long-standing traditions to enlighten visitors about the traditions of Africa’s people, is one of two ... more information
A basin rich in magnificence and biodiversity, the Makapansgat Valley displays some of the most astounding beauty in Limpopo. Not only is it of interest to paleontologists - numerous caves in the Makapansgat valley hold fossils that date back to 3.3 million years before the present, linking directly to the... more information
High in the Lobedu Mountains near Duiwelskloof and situated next to the home of the fabled rain queen, lies the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, boasting some of the oldest and largest Cycad specimens on earth. The 530 hectare Modjadji Nature Reserve, situated in the Bolobedu district of Lebowa, north-east of... more information
Peter Mokaba Stadium is named after the late Peter Mokaba, a controversial anti-apartheid activist who was born in Polokwane. The Peter Mokaba Stadium is situated in Polokwane (previously known as Pietersburg), the capital of Limpopo, South Africa. The Peter Mokaba Stadium is the first world class football venue ... more information
Mokopane is situated just over two hours from Pretoria and little over 40 minutes from Polokwane. The Biodiversity Centre here is committed to breeding, conservation and research with the aim of preserving precious species from all around the world. The facility is also dedicated to education and ... more information
Bordering the city of Polokwane in Limpopo, the Polokwane Game Reserve is possibly one of the finest on which to cut your teeth if you’re new to the pursuit of game viewing mainly because of its proximity to Johannesburg - it’s roughly three hours’ drive - but also because its size is such that one can view... more information
18 holes, par-72, rating 72, 6 253 metres. The Polokwane Golf Course has bent grass greens, Kikuyu fairways and 14 water hazards. Founded in 1863, the Polokwane Golf Club was virtually a desert. However, as the years progressed, so did the course, and it is now rated one of the best with... more information
Lying just off the R71 outside Haenertsburg where the Drakensberg meets the Strydpoort Mountains, the Wolkberg Wilderness Area is a selected few hikers’ idea of bliss - the tracks through the awe-inspiring 22 000 hectare piece of paradise are pretty indistinct, meaning that a hiker can choose his own strenuous route ... more information
The largest Christian gathering in South Africa happens twice a year at Zion City, Moria near Polokwane at Easter and again for the September festival. The Zion Christian Church’s headquarters are at Zion City Moria (not to be confused with the underground city, mines and connected tunnels that run through the ... more information
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Limpopo offers a mosaic of superb scenic landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife species and many nature based tourism opportunities.
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