The Capricorn Region, Limpopo

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.

Did you know? Frequent mists, an overgrowth of vegetation, the odd pocket of afromontane forest, kloofs, rolling grasslands and the undulating slopes of mountains offer time out and down time in equal measure in the Capricorn Region of Limpopo.

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 Limpopoís 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.

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Destinations in the Capricorn Region


Overnight? Haenertsburg accommodation
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 Tzaneen. Only around 350 families l...


Overnight? Houtbosdorp accommodation
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 and indigenous forests set against th...


Overnight? Magoebaskloof accommodation
For visitors to the Capricorn Region in Limpopo, Magoebaskloof accommodation is ideal for its gorgeous views and close proximity to the Drakensberg, giving visitors a unique perspective of this part of South Africa. This particularly beautiful part of...


Overnight? Modjadjiskloof accommodation
Lying at the foot of the escarpment in Limpopo is a little town formerly known as Duiwelskloof or Devilís Gorge. Today, the town is named Modjadjiskloof in tribute to the Rain Queen, Modjadji - the traditional mystic ruler of the Balobedu people who l...


Overnight? Mokopane accommodation
Once known as Potgietersrus, Mokopane lies about two hours' north east of Pretoria, not far from Polokwane, in the heart of the Waterberg. For years Potties - as the locals, both black and white, still call it - has functioned as a farming support town...


Overnight? Pietersburg accommodation
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 a vivid mix of jacaranda and coral ...


Overnight? Polokwane accommodation
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 a vivid mix of jacaranda and coral ...


Overnight? Tzaneen accommodation
Whether youíre looking for luxurious lodges or budget accommodation in Tzaneen, there is a large variety available for tourists on the hunt for lodgings in South Africa. Described as an appealing subtropical garden town, Tzaneen is in fact the second lar...

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