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Teeming with wildlife, Limpopo’s rolling savannahs and big skies unfurl, dotted with iconic baobabs, the extraordinary ‘Tree of Life’. 70% of Kruger National Park lies within its boundaries, a colossal conservation area that’s home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’, plus numerous other mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Our chosen lodge is in an adjacent private reserve called Timbavati – the land is left unfenced, allowing creatures to wander freely about, making this a terrific place to game-watch.
Further afield, the eye-popping, three-million-year-old Waterberg Mountains feature stunning rock formations in a breathtakingly beautiful wilderness. Indeed, this is a land of history, myth and mystery, a place to trace the steps of ancient tribes across age-old kingdoms and discover fascinating cultures. Historians reveal that the first black Africans moved across the Limpopo River into what became known as South Africa, before 300 AD. Add Iron Age relics, fossilised dinosaur footprints, prehistoric rock paintings and a sweet local liqueur called Amarula Cream. Top-class ingredients for a top-class African adventure!
Game-drives and bush walks are popular ways to explore this untamed wilderness, with the chance to track animals and get close to creatures big and small. There will also be a few surprises – for example, an afternoon’s fishing might bring you hippos as unexpected company.
The right light, the right angle, that perfect shot. Our featured lodge offers Private Photo Safaris, an exciting opportunity for anyone with a passion for photography and nature. A professional wildlife photographer acts as ranger and tutor, revealing knowledge of this specialist field and giving you the chance to capture action shots out in the bush.
Brush up on your painting skills at Makanyi Private Game Lodge on an Art Safari, led by a celebrated local artist. Using pastel and graphite pencils ensures exceptional detailing; the result a mirror image of the real thing, whether it be a bird, an elephant or a tree. Look at the landscapes, the flora and fauna; discuss texture, tone, perspective and light. It’s an exclusive chance to create a personal masterpiece to treasure forever.
Adventure and Sightseeing
Whiz by zip-line across the Sabie River Valley, or over the mammoth-sized and astonishingly beautiful Blyde River Canyon by helicopter or light aircraft. Meet endangered species and injured animals at Moholoholo, a wonderful rehabilitation centre. Buy handmade keepsakes from the lovable Shangaan tribe, or exquisite silks from a local silk farm. Or travel to far-flung corners of the province and discover World Heritage Sites, open-air museums and other cultural attractions.
Limpopo enjoys a sub-tropical climate and attracts visitors year-round, with long, sunny days. Summer (October to February) is very hot, hovering around 30 degrees centigrade. Winter months bring ample sunshine, with chilly morning air, cool afternoons and cold nights.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Limpopo Province.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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