Valley of the Olifants

This region differs markedly from the rest of the Limpopo Province and is loved for its scenic valleys, mountains and lush vegetation

Limpopo Tourist AttractionsThe Valley of the Olifants Region

Travelling east visitors will discover the rich natural heritage of the Lowveld with its claim to fame, the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Where? Valley of the Olifants Region, Limpopo, South Africa

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This region differs markedly from the rest of the Limpopo Province and is loved for its scenic valleys, mountains and lush vegetation.

As its name suggests, the Valley of the Olifants region falls in the valley of the great Olifants River that meanders through the Kruger National Park, forming the southern border of the Limpopo province. The valley forms part of the northernmost section of the Drakensberg, and the Lowveld does not end in Mpumalanga, but stretches further north and surrounds many towns in Limpopo.

The rest camps in the northern part of Kruger are part of the province and a series of exclusive private game reserves adjacent to the Park guarantee a luxurious wildlife experience. The Olifants Valley is teeming with a variety of wildlife, and is known for its spectacular scenery, mountains, rivers, dams, history and cultural attractions.

Popular Towns in the Valley of the Olifants Region

Balule

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The Balule Private Game Reserve was created 14 years ago when a few enterprising farm owners decided to drop the game fences between their farms. Balule continued expanding all the time as other landowners join the initiative to become...

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Bosbokrand

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Bosbokrand, also known as Bushbuckridge, has rather obvious roots in its surrounds where rather large herds of antelope grazed on what is known today as Bushbuck ridge, a rocky ridge that extends from the escarpment eastwards into...

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Giyani

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More or less 550 kilometres north east of Johannesburg you will find the little happening town of Giyani, a popular town in the heart of Bushveld country in the western crook of the Kruger National Park, even if it is a further 200...

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Gravelotte

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The little town of Gravelotte, in the Bushveld region of the Limpopo, lies roughly half way between Tzaneen and Phalaborwa, west of the Kruger National Park and around five hours’ drive from Johannesburg. It is no surprise that very few...

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Hoedspruit

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Hoedspruit is essentially an agricultural town located a stone’s throw away from the Kruger National Park and is surrounded by game-rich country that makes it an obvious stopover. As a result, what began merely as a couple of shops, a bank...

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Karongwe

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Karongwe Game Reserve is an untamed garden of Eden where the spoor of wildlife invites you to explore the timeless beauty of the bush; an oasis of unimaginable luxury provides the greatest vantage point to the Big Five and its vast, untouched...

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Kampersrus

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Kampersrus is a historical town in Limpopo, secluded within the exquisite foothills of Marieskop Mountain. This mountain range looms over the little town protectively, providing breath-taking views from just about anywhere within its borders...

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Klaserie

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Part of the greater Kruger National Park, it is an entirely non-government organization involved in the full spectrum of Nature Conservation. The reserve Borders the Timbavati Game Reserve and Kruger Park Reserve, and is hot and dry for most...

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Letsitele

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The Letsitele Valley lies along the Letsitele River, a tributary of the Letaba River, towards the mountains near New Agatha, in the northern Limpopo province. The valley is about 30 kilometres south of Tzaneen and regarded as one of the main...

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Manyeleti

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The Mnisi people lived and occupied this land for many generations and in the new South Africa, they instituted a land claim for the return of their ancestral grounds. The Manyeleti Game Reserve is now managed by the Mnisi tribe, who...

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Modjadjiskloof

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Lying at the foot of the escarpment in Limpopo is a little town formerly known as Duiwelskloof or Devil’s Gorge. Today, the town is named Modjadjiskloof in tribute to the Rain Queen, Modjadji - the traditional mystic ruler of the...

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Motswari

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Deep within the Timbavati Nature Reserve lies Motswari Game Reserve. As part of the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy and traversing close on 200 square kilometres of pristine habitat, Motswari offers visitors the best of...

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Phalaborwa

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Phalaborwa is the site of the ‘Big Hole’, the earth’s largest man-made hole, visible from space and pretty awe inspiring, even if you’re not impressed by mines in general. Mining and smelting of copper and iron ore date back to 400...

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Thornybush

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With an abundance of birdlife and wildlife species including the 'Big 5', explore the African bush on foot and from the back of an open safari vehicle. Discover the animal world, from the smallest termite to the giraffe, mongoose and buffalo...

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Timbavati

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The Timbavati Private Game Reserve lies in the western region of the Kruger National Park, north of Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the borders between all of them unfenced allowing greater freedom of access to wild life. This is...

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Tzaneen

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Described as an appealing subtropical garden town, Tzaneen is in fact the second largest town in the Mopani district in Limpopo that lies at the foot of the Wolkberg Mountains in the northern reaches of the Drakensberg range...

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Did you know?

The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is one of the trees in Africa with the longest life span. The average age of the Baobabs found in the northern parts of Limpopo are between 300 and 500 years old.

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