The Valley of the Olifants Region, Limpopo

Travelling east visitors will discover the rich natural heritage of the Lowveld with its claim to fame, the world-famous Kruger National Park. This region differs markedly from the rest of the Limpopo Province and is loved for its scenic valleys, mountains and lush vegetation.

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.

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.

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Balule

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The vast Balule Nature Reserve is adjacent to and has now been incorporated into the Kruger National Park, home to the Big Five and famous for its abundance of animal and birdlife. Seize the opportunity to track and spot Africa's magnificent creatures on ...

Bosbokrand

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 the lowland bush. During...

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 kilometres or so to rea...

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 people know of...

Hans Merensky

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On the banks of the Great Letaba River lies the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, just west of the Kruger National Park and not far from Tzaneen. The main draw card to this beautiful reserve is the fact that you can walk most of it on foot, and despite its ap...

Hoedspruit

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Directly translated from the Afrikaans the relatively small town of Hoedspruit, which lies at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg on the old Selati railway line from Phalaborwa to Kaapmuiden, means “hat creek”. The story involves one of the town’s pione...

Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate

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At the foot of the Klein Drakensberg Mountain, in the heart of the beautiful South African province of Limpopo is Hoedspruit. Thanks to its proximity to a number of parks and reserves (not least of all, the Kruger National Park), this area is acclaimed fo...

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. The town...

Kapama Game Reserve

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Kapama Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo Province, South Africa and was proclaimed a private nature reserve in December 1993. Covering approximately 13 000 hectares of prime big game territory, Kapama Game Reserve has succeeded in combining the wild...

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 wilderness. ...

Klaserie

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Bordering the Timbavati Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, this reserve is hot and dry for most of the year. The bush is sparse but soon recovers, if and when summer rains arrive. Game wanders freely over vast areas and you are likely to see all the u...

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 agricultural ...

Manyeleti

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The fenceless borders the Manyeleti Game Reserve shares with Kruger Park, Sabi Sands and Timbavati Game Reserves, forms an integral ecological unit where all the animals roam free. The Mnisi people lived and occupied this land for many generations and in ...

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 Balobedu people who l...

Mohlabetsi

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The Mohlabetsi Conservancy lies on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, part of the greater Kruger Park area that borders on the Klaserie Game Reserve, just outside Hoedspruit. Staying in the conservancy is an unforgettable experience of magn...

Motswari

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Deep within the Timbavati Nature Reserve lies Motswari Private 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 Africa; wide horiz...

Pafuri Gate

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The Kruger National Park is a massive, protected reserve in which some of South Africa’s most exciting fauna and flora (including the Big 5, and a host of other species) can be observed in their natural habitat. It is world renowned for its variety and ab...

Phalaborwa

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That Phalaborwa never gets cold is something of a euphemism to describe the intense heat that can grip the modern, copper mining town, situated just 3 kilometres from the Kruger National Park, during summer in particular. It does render the town of Ph...

Thornybush

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If staying in a game lodge in Kruger is your idea of a fantastic holiday in South Africa, Thornybush will be high on your list of places to visit. Adjacent to and incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park lies 10 000 hectares of pristine Afri...

Timbavati

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Timbavati Game Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This allows the animals free range and ensures guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Timbavati is...

Tzaneen

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Whether you’re 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...

Umhlametsi

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"Umhlametsi"...meaning 'one days water' is a place where time stops and life begins.... Nestled in the luxurious natural settings of the Limpopo Province, Umhlametsi Private Nature Reserve is bordered by the world famous Kruger National Park. The two non-...

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