When you’ve seen all the well-known sights of South Africa and think there’s nothing left to know, it’s time to visit the Northern Province of Limpopo. This historically, culturally and environmentally fascinating region of Limpopo is hardly known and little visited This self drive journey pinpoints four stand-out properties, three of which are Fair Trade in Tourism accredited (FTT) on this new Culture Wildlife and Wilderness self-drive tour of Limpopo.
Enjoy comfortable overnight flights on Etihad via Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, collect hire car and set off for the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. Your journey begins with a safari experience in search of the Big-Five on a private game reserve. At Kololo Game Reserve (FTT) you can also enjoy walking and mountain biking. Then visit the heart of the Venda and Tsonga culture to take in the works of talented local artists while based at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge (FTT). From Mopane Bush Lodge go on game drives, walks and cycle and visit the site of a 12th Century African Kingdom in the Mapungubwe National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site of Cultural significance. Finally, visit the lost Eden of Leshiba Wilderness (FTT) where there’s a host of activities to experience, everything from horse trails, walking trips, game viewing, rock art sites and massage therapies using traditional herbal remedies.
Depart London Heathrow or Manchester on Etihad for the overnight flight via Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg.
Kololo, Waterberg Reserve
On arrival early morning, collect your comfortable Group D car hire . Travel 3.5 hours to the malaria-free Waterberg Mountains for a 3 night stay at Kololo Game Reserve in a chalet, with all meals, all activities on Kololo such as game drives, use of mountain bikes, use of hiking trails and the dedicated ranger guide services on Kololo included.
Venture out into the neighbouring Welgevonden Game Reserve in search of the fames Big 5, the reserve also has an abundance of bird life. In close proximity, additional activities such as an elephant back safari or visit to the cheetah rehabilitation sanctuary are available.
Accommodation: Kololo Game Reserve
Madi a Thavha, Soutpansberg mountains
After breakfast, enjoy a varied and scenic 5 hour drive to the town of Louis Trichardt situated in the foothills of the Soutpansberg mountains. Stay 2 nights at Madi a Thavha in a guest room with breakfast and dinner included.
There are many days tours on offer specialising in the arts and crafts of the area, as well as local villages and some of the natural attractions.
Accommodation: Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge
Mopane Bush Lodge, Mapesu Nature Reserve
Journey 2.5 hours from Madi a Thavha to Mopane Bush Lodge for a 3 night stay in this tranquil bush lodge in a rondavel with all meals, guided drives or walks on Mapesu Nature Reserve, visit to Mapungubwe the 13th century African Kingdom and various San rock art sites included.
Accommodation: Mopane Bush Lodge
Today take a leisurely 2 hour drive to Leshiba Wilderness. You will be met by a ranger at the foot of the hill as the mighty climb to the lodge is only accessible by 4x4. Enjoy your 3 night stay in the Venda Village Lodge in a standard room which includes early morning tea/coffee, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner and fresh fruit, one game activity per day (either guided walk or game drive).
Enjoy the local activities of game walks, game drives, botany, birding, horse riding (for the experienced riders) and rock art walks.
Accommodation: Leshiba Wilderness
On your final day drive 2 hours to Polokwane airport and return your hired vehicle. Check in for your flight to Johannesburg and then onto the Etihad flight via Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow or Manchester.
Pricing Information & Dates
13 day tour, from £2469 per person
• International and domestic flights from London or Manchester.
• Airport taxes
• Car hire with comprehensive insurance cover and unlimited mileage
• Meals as specified
• Visa fees
• Car hire extras
• Personal Items
• Children under 12 at Leshiba Wilderness - on request basis
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