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Our Limpopo tour is ideal for those who want to get to know the spectacular landscapes of South Africa’s northern province and enjoy observing animals in different environments. On this route you will not only visit the famous Panorama Route, but also the typical African bush savannah and the green mountains of Tzaneen as well as the mighty Limpopo River, which forms the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Price from ZAR 83 000 for 2 persons sharing a double room, excl. rental car

 

Day 1       OR Tambo International Airport – Kempton Park

Distance: ± 8 km
Included: – – –

 Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will collect your rental car. Short drive to your guest house in a beautiful large and quiet garden. Here you can relax after the flight and acclimatise before the journey begins. The air-conditioned guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms are elegantly furnished and offer every comfort such as satellite TV, safe, fridge, WiFi, coffee and tea station. In the à la carte restaurant you can enjoy an exquisite dinner.

Day 2       Kempton Park – Sabie

Distance: ± 380 km
Included: breakfast, dinner

You drive northeast via Dullstroom and Lydenburg towards Sabie. Your stylish lodge is situated in the spectacular Sabie River Valley directly above the river. From the private terrace of the chalets you can enjoy a spectacular view.

Day 3       Panorama Route

Distance: ± 160 km
Included: breakfast, dinner

Today you can take a tour on the so-called „Panorama Route“ of Mpumalanga, where there are a number of scenic spots and interesting landmarks to enjoy. Here you will discover the rich diversity and characteristics of the African landscapes, from the fertile agricultural Highveld, to the Lowveld, with differences in altitude of over 1000 m. One of the more impressive views is God´s Window where – weather permitting – you can see the vast stretching lowveld as far as the Kruger National Park.

The Blyde River Canyon is considered the third largest canyon in the world with its 26 km long and 800 m deep canyon. Especially worth seeing are the Three Rondavels, shaped like traditional African beehive huts, three round mountain tops. En-route you may find different waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides and the famous Bourke´s Luck Potholes, which were sculpted by centuries of flowing water. The old gold-digger town of Pilgrim’s Rest is also worth a visit. The settlement, dating from 1873, is now a listed landmark and offers exciting insights into the gold-digger era with its restored historical buildings and interesting museums.

Day 4       Sabie – Kruger National Park

Distance: ± 110 km
Included: breakfast, lunch, game drive, dinner

We head east through Paul Kruger Gate into the famous Kruger National Park. You drive a stretch through the park to your lodge in a private concession area in the middle of the Kruger National Park. This area also borders the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand Game Reserves. There are no fences, and the game can move freely between the game reserves.

In the afternoon you will experience your first game drive through the game-rich area. Afterwards the open lounge with bar and fireplace invites you to a sundowner before dinner.

Day 5       Kruger National Park

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

The day begins early with a diverse round trip in an open safari vehicle in search of the animals. After a rich breakfast you have time for a little nap and to relax at the swimming pool. Or you can watch the animals at the nearby waterhole.

After a delicious “High Tea” you undertake another game drive in the late afternoon. Again and again there are other animals and experiences on the drives and your ranger knows a lot of interesting things to tell. The way back is only after dark, so there is the possibility to see some of the shy, nocturnal animals.

Day 6       Kruger National Park – Thornybush Game Reserve

Distance: ± 150 km
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

Continue driving north through Kruger Park. You leave the park through Orpen Gate and head to Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit. Thornybush is part of the so-called Greater Kruger area, which is adjacent to Kruger Park.

Refresh yourself in the swimming pool of your small, personal safari lodge before taking a game drive in Thornybush Game Reserve.

Day 7       Thornybush Game Reserve

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

Enjoy another wonderful day in the African bush. After a small snack you start shortly after sunrise for an exciting game drive in the Thornybush Reserve. After returning to the lodge you will have a hearty breakfast. Afterwards you can participate in a guided bush walk or simply relax at the swimming pool or at the game hide. In the late afternoon enjoy another extensive game drive in an open safari vehicle. The guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and make game drives a wonderful experience.

Day 8       Thornybush Game Reserve – Tzaneen

Distance: ± 140 km
Included: game drive, breakfast

After a last game drive and good breakfast you hit the road and drive towards Tzaneen. Here you will notice a dramatic change in the landscape, green-rolling hills, flowering Azaleas, banana plantations and more as far as the eye can see. In the centre of this magical countryside lies a romantic garden and your accommodation for today. The beautiful garden and all its great plant diversity can be viewed while strolling around on little pathways.

Day 9       Tzaneen – Soutpansberg

Distance: ± 190 km
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Drive in a northwestern direction up to the striking Soutpansberg. These can already be seen from a distance. A winding small road leads up to a private game reserve in the middle of the mountains. Those who do not want to drive up by themselves can park their vehicle safely at the bottom and have a transfer up to the lodge.

Day 10     Soutpansberg

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 1 game activity

Enjoy a leisurely day in the Soutpansberg mountains. A game drive or guided walk is included. There are many animals in the park, like different antelopes, zebra, white rhino, giraffe and with some luck you might spot a hyena or a leopard. On the premises of the lodge are some rock paintings that were painted by the San (Bushmen) you might like to view these historic paintings by taking part in a guided tour. Or you may like to hike on one of the well-marked trails and routes, it is not necessary for guide accompaniment and you could quite happily go off at your own pace. Footpaths lead across the savannah, along deep gorges and over mountain ridges; in between you can refresh yourself in one of the many natural “rock pools”. You can also get surprisingly close to the animals on foot. Afterwards you can relax wonderfully with a massage.

Day 11     Soutpansberg – Mapungubwe National Park

Distance: ± 180 km
Included: breakfast, lunch, 1 activity, dinner

Drive to the far north of the country. Here in the Limpopo valley at the border to Botswana, the landscape is very different again and especially characterized by the many gigantic Baobab trees. The Mapungubwe National Park is only a few kilometres away.

Day 12     Mapungubwe National Park

 Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 activities

 Today we recommend a day trip to Mapungubwe National Park, only 10 km away, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. The historical importance of the Mapungubwe Hill and its inhabitants about 1600 years ago is explained in the “Heritage Tour” (optional) very descriptive and exciting. There is a small museum with lots of background information and interesting artefacts.

In the park there are many different antelopes as well as elephants, rhinos, giraffes, hyenas, lions and leopards. It is situated directly on the Limpopo River and is home to a variety of birds with its lush vegetation and extensive gallery forests. On the Tree Top Walk you reach the river bank directly. A small walk leads to viewpoints above the merging of the two rivers Limpopo and Shashe at the border triangle South Africa-Zimbabwe-Botswana.

Day 13     Mapungubwe National Park – Waterberg

Distance: ± 370 km
Included: game drive, breakfast, dinner

You shall drive across the Limpopo province to the Waterberg mountain range. Today’s destination is a small, fine lodge in a private game reserve in the heart of the Waterberg nature reserve. From the balcony of your room and from the large terrace you have a wonderful view over the typical African bush savannah. The zebras, wildebeests, sable antelopes, nyalas and many more living here can be observed from a short distance.

The adjacent Welgevonden Game Reseve is home to Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo).

Day 14     Waterberge / Welgevonden Game Reserve

Included: breakfast, dinner

Time to relax. Early in the morning and in the afternoon a game drive in an open jeep to the neighbouring Welgevonden Game Reserve is offered (extra). The diverse landscape is home to a variety of antelopes and predators, including rhinos, elephants and hippos, and you may be lucky enough to spot them.

After returning to the lodge you can take a walk, mountain bike or just relax on the terrace and enjoy the soothing silence of the bush.

Day 15     Waterberg – OR Tambo International Airport, JHB

Distance: ± 270 km
Included: breakfast

Drive to OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport, return the rental vehicle and have a safe journey home.