Limpopo has a colourful history which echoes through the stories passed down through generations. Visit the geological wonder of Echo Caves at Klipfonteinhoek and experience the botonical charm of ‘Big Baobab’. Named after the Limpopo River, Limpopo is the northern-most province of South Africa.
Limpopo has a population of approximately 5.4 million people, almost 97% of whom are black Africans who speak their own tribal languages at home. Sepedi is spoken by over half of the population, Xitsonga and Tshivenda by many others.
Limpopo's economy is based on three main areas: tourism, mining and agribusiness. Limpopo has the highest poverty rates of any South African province; almost 79% of the population lives below the national poverty line.
Almost two-thirds of Kruger National Park falls within the borders of Limpopo.
Mapungubwe - A fascinating site of historical and archaeological
importance, Mapungubwe was a thriving trade centre from 1200-1300 AD,
trading ivory and gold with China, India and Egypt.
Soutpansberg - Also called the Salt Pan Mountain, the biodiversity here is comparatively high for such a small area. Soutspansberg is home to 36% of the total number of reptile species that have been recorded in South Africa, roughly the same number of species (119) found in Kruger National Park. Polokwane Game Reserve - One of the largest municipal game reserves in the country, Polokwane has an excellent network of roads, and some wonderful hiking trails.
Echo Caves - The Echo Caves were stumbled upon in 1923 by the owner of the farm called Klipfonteinhoek, when he was searching for a water source. Stalactite formations produce a distinctive echoing sound when tapped on and can be heard from outside the cave.
Polokwane Art Museum - The artwork displayed at the Polokwane Art Museum offers pride-of-place to Limpopo artists. Much of the artwork displayed reflects the local mythology.
The Sunland ‘Big Baobab’ - The largest Baobab tree in the world is carbon dated to be well over 1 700 years old, and has been made into a bar! It has even made the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Maize porridge is a staple of the Venda menu. It can be eaten plain, prepared like pancakes, or mixed with spinach and meat as a variety of stew.
Milk dishes are infused with the tart baobab flesh to give them a flavour that is distinctly Venda. The marula fruit is delicious and healthy too, and can be fermented for an intoxicating beverage.
Mopane worms are a favourite. They can be eaten either dried or cooked and are extremely nutritious with high protein and iodine content. Their flavour is reminiscent of the flavour of prawns.
Limpopo is bisected by the Tropic of Capricorn: the weather can get quite hot!
January is the hottest month in Limpopo with an average temperature of 23°C (73°F). June is the coldest month with an average of 13°C (55°F). The wettest month is November with an average of 100mm of rain.
About 80% of South Africa's game hunting industry is found in Limpopo.
Limpopo is also one of South Africa's richest agricultural areas. More than 45% of the R2-billion annual turnover of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market comes from Limpopo.
ZZ2 (Pty) Ltd, is the largest privately owned producer of tomatoes in the world and supplies 40% of South Africa’s tomatoes.
The Limpopo is the second largest river in Africa.
the world's largest reserves of platinum group metals are found in the centre of the province, along with rich deposits of chrome, vanadium, nickel and titanium.
Zion City at Moria near Polokwane is the headquarters of the Zion Christian Church, attracting more than a million pilgrims every Easter. And on average over 5 million people travel to Zion City Moria at Easter, early September and over Christmas for religious celebrations.
Limpopo has more than 3.6 million hectares of national parks, nature reserves and game farms, making up 70% of South Africa's protected land.
Mopani or Mopane worm is a species of moth found in most of southern Africa, whose large edible caterpillar is an important source of protein for millions of Southern Africans.
Limpopo was the first province to offer elephant-back safaris.
Almost two-thirds of the Kruger National Park falls within the border of Limpopo.
Approximately 1500 crocodiles were released into the river in 2013 from the Flood Gates at the nearby Rakwena Crocodile Farm.