Spectacular Mopani Valley
Vast expanses untouched by the passage of time and which are unmistakably African
THE Mopani region in the Lowveld is one of the last unspoilt corners of Africa – vast, unhurried, timeless. The Mopani region has a river in a valley called the Great Olifants River, which meanders through the Kruger National Park, forming the southern border of the province.
This region offers vast expanses that seem untouched by the passage of time and remain unmistakably African. To conserve and extend this legacy, the Kruger National Park has been incorporated into the Gaza-Kruger-Gonarezhou Park, a transfrontier conservation area stretching over 35.000 square kilometers covering Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
This area is to become part of the proposed Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
Already, many of the conservation areas bordering on the Kruger National Park have removed their fences and now from part of the Greater Kruger National Park, resulting in huge traversing areas of un-spoilt wilderness.
Within these areas and the many other game and nature reserves in the region, the full splendor of Africa’s wildlife can be enjoyed.
The Mopani Valley is not only rich in wildlife, but additionally offers spectacular scenery of mountains, rivers and dams, a rich history and many cultural attractions. The contrasts in climate, scenery and landscape are both striking and dramatic. – www.golimpopo.com
Wildlife Experiences WALKING SAFARIS
Walking safaris are one of the most rewarding ways to discover and experience the secrets of the bush, true wilderness and wildlife. Guided walks in “Big Five” areas are offered at selected lodges throughout Limpopo.
Guests are briefed prior to their excursions into the wild, the rangers providing informal tuition regarding the procedures to be followed on the walks.
We offer game drives for the people who have thirst to view our natural beauty. A game drive is a lifetime experience. The excellent game viewing experience is complimented by other activities such as stargazing, bird watching, animal watching and moonlit bush dinners or sundowners etc.
Game walks are about seeing the smaller things that you cannot see from a vehicle. You will also experience the smells of the bush, and see a variety of footprints.
Experienced, and in the case where large predators, rhino or elephant are about, armed rangers take you on excursions into the bush for a unique game viewing experience.
It is a chance to see the animals’ habitat up close and you can learn bush tracking techniques and gain in depth knowledge of the surrounding plant life. Smaller animals easily missed from a car can also be viewed.
Limpopo offers some of the best birding experience in Southern Africa. Over 600 bird species have been recorded in the province of which 420 birds are resident.
Habitats range from vast tracts of montane grassland to afro-temperate forests, bushveld and wetlands.
Photo Safaris is in high demand and normally one can enjoy group tours to fixed destinations specials when you visit the destination of hope.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is the body responsible for managing South Africa’s national parks. SANParks was formed in 1926, and currently manages 20 parks consisting of 3,700,000 hectares (37,000 km2), about 3% of the total area of South Africa.
The best-known park is Kruger National Park, which is also the oldest (proclaimed in 1898), and the largest, at nearly 2,000,000 hectares (20,000 km2).
A horseback safari offers an excellent opportunity to discover magnificent mountains on horseback or experience gameviewing.