Explore the Vhembe region
Area has varied natural, geological, archaeological and cultural systems and a fascinating history
THE Vhembe Region is named after the impressive mountain range that stretches for some 130 km from west to east through the region. The area incorporates endless expanses of undulating indigenous bush characterised by the remarkable form of the baobab, wonderful wildlife, a profusion of birds and exciting adventure opportunities.
The region boasts one of the most varied natural, geological, archaeological and cultural systems in the world and a fascinating history dating back many centuries when the San roamed the veld and left us their artworks on rocks.
These were the times when Arabs and Indians sailed their dhows down south and traded beads and ceramics for the gold and ivory of the ancient African kingdoms ensconced in their fortresses at Mapungubwe and Thulamela.
Lake Funduzi is a magical place that is steeped in Venda mythology and legend. Its condition changes seasonally, but it is always worth the visit from a cultural perspective.
From Lake Funduzi you will drive along the very top of the Soutpansberg. The vegetation consists of Afromontane grasslands and small patches of afro-temperate forest.
Thathe is an indigenous forest which is sacred to the Venda people. Here you should be on the look-out for forest species, such as Chorister Robin-Chat, White-starred Robin, Knysna Turaco, Yellow-streaked Greenbul and Orange GroundThrush.
Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates.
Seventy percent of the Kruger Park lies within the Limpopo Province.
A sweeping expanse of indigenous bush, sub-tropical lowveld vegetation and terraced hills and the largest national park in South Africa, this unique wilderness area is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Mapungubwe National Park Vhembe-Dongola, now
Mapungubwe National Park, was formed in 1995 when the South African National Parks was appointed to conserve and enhance the tourism potential of the area.
Declared a World Heritage Site in July 2003, Mapungubwe today forms the core area of the newly opened Mapungubwe National Park. The park is situated 60 km west of Musina and 230 km north-west of Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo.
The Soutpansberg, South Africa’s northernmost mountain range, takes its name from the salt pans that lie at its base near the western end. These pans have supplied communities with salt from prehistoric times to today.
The mountains stretch east to west for approximately 130 km, varying in width from 18 to 32 km.
They boast several peaks that tower more than 1,500 m above sea level, which include Hangklip at 2,550 m and Lejuma at 1,753 m.
The mountains feature a fertile, well-watered plateau that receives a high summer rainfall and supports wide range of crops and cultivated lands. Rainfall can be as high as 2,000 mm a year in certain places.
The Soutpansberg is a unique wilderness area that accommodates over 500 tree species, 50 of which are endemic to either the Soutpansberg Range or the Limpopo River Valley. Close on 467 species of birds, numerous mammal, reptile and amphibian species and the beautiful Swanepoel’s Widow Butterfly – endemic to the region – are found here.
SANCTUARY: Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates. Seventy percent of the Kruger Park lies within the Limpopo Province.Pictures: Lucas Ledwaba / Mukurukuru Media
UNIQUE: The Soutpansberg feature a fertile, well-watered plateau that receives a high summer rainfall and supports wide range of crops and cultivated lands.