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Tourist Attractions of Limpopo


Tourist Attractions of South Africa

South Africa is a vast and extremely fascinating country that packs a powerful tourist punch. Few countries can match it for variety and diversity in attractions, activities and cultural groups. From art and history to food and wine, wildlife and nature, nightlife, shopping and even places of worship – there is so much on offer to attract, entice and entertain.

The Western Cape with its mountains and oceans offers scenery that has inspired thousands of descriptions. It has great beaches, World Heritage sites, romantic winelands and museums that celebrate a rich cultural heritage. You can’t talk about a trip to Cape Town without discussing the fabulous cuisine and shopping options that draw tourists time and time again.

Gauteng’s brash exterior belies its depth, uncovered at numerous cultural and historical attractions. Places like Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto feature alongside chi-chi restaurants, funky galleries, shopping malls and fascinating visits to the Cradle of Humankind, where all our stories began.

In Mpumalanga you’ll find a host of nature-related attractions, arts and crafts outlets, country towns, cultural villages and stupendous scenery along the well-known Panorama route. Of course one of the major attractions is the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Limpopo shares this wildlife sanctuary - the size of a small country - and has many of its own nature reserves. It also boasts the fascinating Mapungubwe, where once an ancient kingdom developed a field of influence that spread beyond the continent. Intriguing groups such as the Venda and the Balobedu still practise culturally-rich traditions in the far north of this region.

The North West is all about Sun City, and the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves, but don’t forget the mampoer farms and the idiosyncrasies of the Marico, the cultural mélange at Lesedi on the shores of the Hartebeespoort Dam or the little town of Taung where the famous skull of the same name was discovered. From the Margaret Roberts Herbal Farm (De Wildt) to Sol Plaaitje’s house in Mafikeng, there’s much to explore.

Immense skies and enormous spaces characterise the Northern Cape, along with attractions such as the Big Hole in Kimberley, the Loeriesfontein Windmill Museum and the myths and legends as taught by the ancient San. The Augrabies Falls National Park, the Ais/Ais Richtersveld National Park and the Riemvasmaak community all offer interesting experiences and insights.

KwaZulu-Natal has its own brand of uniqueness when it comes to tourist attractions. Here you can visit a Hare Krishna temple in Durban, pay your respects at the Battlefields in the Midlands, come face to face with Zulu culture and celebrate some of the finest beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. Sunny year-round, the province has great places to shop, eat, and discover.

The Eastern Cape is a place of rich heritage and struggle sites. Here historic monuments find their place alongside fun aquariums and beachside establishments. Malaria-free game sanctuaries and numerous nature reserves thrill adventure-seekers and nature-lovers.

Small towns and homegrown hospitality are the distinctive attributes of the Free State. Visit the Basotho Cultural Village on the way to the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, visit the Choet Visser Rugby Museum in Bloemfontein or the Fertility Caves (outside Clarens). Make your way to the fun galleries of Clarens, feast visually on the sandstone sights of Ficksburg and drink in the fascinating history of the provincial capital, Bloemfontein.

Wherever you go around the country, you’re bound to find a fun attraction, a moving museum, a great place to enjoy the local vibes. Enjoy surfing the Nightjar site for the best attractions on offer in each of the provinces.

Articles & Blogs

Limpopo’s Wedding Capital

Valda 9:55pm 26 Apr

Words Bridget Hilton-Barber

Haenertsburg village in the heart of the Magoebaskloof  mountains has fast become the wedding capital of Limpopo. There were over sixty weddings held here last year, and there are set to be even more this year. From mountaintops to water’s edge, couples are saying I do, I do, I do almost every weekend here.

So just what is it that makes Haenertsburg and Magoebaskloof such a popular wedding destination?

“It’s a combination of the...

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Nightjar Travel 5:55am 18 Sep

These beads are made by women working from the Vhutshilo Mountain School in the Nzhelele Valley in South Africa’s Limpopo province, to supplement their own, and the school’s income. It’s a small school for small children (2, 3 and 4 years olds), in an area where money is scarce. Its headmistress, Sue-Anne Cook, is equal parts determination and compassion, and something else that’s hard to pin down.

The children who attend this school are some of the happiest kids you’ll ever encounter. Fed, stimulated, taught and loved here, they learn songs and play games with fine teachers who work...

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Meeting Mrs. Masindi

Nightjar Travel 11:40am 14 Nov

Meeting Mrs. Masindi was a highlight of my trip to the lush green hills of Venda. She is the mother of local tour guide Thambatshira Masindi, who hails from the village of Sibasa not far from the city of Thihoyandou. We stopped for a drink of water and, when she heard I admired the traditional Venda clothes, she got some of hers out and insisted I try them on. 

In Venda culture, women’s clothing is an important form on non-verbal communication. Cut, colour and embroidery combine to form a complex lexicon and even subtle differences in design can mean different things in...

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