5 Days Culture tour itinerary for south-africa: Find The Hidden Gems Of Rainbow Nation
Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe National Park, Polokwane, Blyde River Canyon
Come and experience nature, art and rich history of Limpopo Province and a taste of Mpumalanga Province. Limpopo, the northernmost province in South Africa, is known for its beauty, culture and the grand river that flows through it. Anyone who plans on travelling to South Africa should put Limpopo province at the top of their must-see list.
POLOKWANE TO MAPUNGUBWE
Depart Polokwane for Mapungubwe with, the beautiful Blouberg mountains will be visible in the distance the closer you get.
Arrive at Mapungubwe once known as “The jewel in the crown of Limpopo’s cultural tours in the ancient kingdom”, once the capital of a country as large as Swaziland, surrounded by 200 towns. This was a place so feared that centuries later, those who knew of it would not even mention its name.
Once in the reserve, your first stop will be at the treetop Boardwalk where you will enjoy a photo opportunity and a stretch of the legs.
Then a stop at the Museum and Interpretive Centre which was constructed with the intention of merging the natural location with the park's cultural heritage, by using modern environmentally sensitive techniques.
Continue further through the park toward the Mapungubwe heritage walk which is the only way up the hill to where the famous Gold Rhino was found. You will then enjoy a little more of the surroundings as you make your way to the Confluence Viewpoint and enjoy sundowners on the 360 degree view decks which mark the point where three countries meet.
Return to the overnight camp where guests can relax and have some quiet time before getting together for a traditional South African Braai and wine under the stars
MAPUNGUBWE – THOHOYANDOU- PAFURI – PUNDA MARIA
early departure after breakfast and make your way to thohoyandou, meaning ‘head of the elephant’ in tshivenda, which lies south of venda on the main road between louis trichardt and the kruger national park.
stop at a number of local attractions that easily roll off the tongues of locals and captivate visitors, as does the charm of the various activities.the royal dzata ruins of the vha-venda kings date back to 1400 ad, tshimbubfe is an archaeological site that boasts iron furnaces dating back to 1250 ad, and the thathe vondo forest is a glorious forest within which lies the thathe vondo tea estates, the sacred forest, mahovhohvho falls, the makumbani dam and lake fundudzi.levubu tree park, set in the gardens of the dutch reformed church in levubu near thohoyandou, is probably all you’ll manage before making your way to the pafuri gate.
once in the kruger park, you will head towards the luvuvhu bridge where you will have the opportunity to alight the vehicle and appreciate the [sensitive content]ing of the abundant birdlife.
a further stop will be made at crooks corner, this is where zimbabwe meets mozambique at the most northeasterly corner of the limpopo province.
the final stretch will be to punda maria where you will spend the night at the rest camp.
the evening meal will be enjoyed at shakama plum tree restaurant before retiring for the evening.
PUNDA MARIA REST CAMP – MOPANI REST CAMP
After breakfast at the camp restaurant, depart for a leisurely drive thru the Park with plenty of photo opportunities and hopefully a sighting of the big 5.
A stop at various watering holes and hides is a must before having a lunch break at Shingwedzi and then continue along this scenic route to Mopani Rest Camp. It was named after the mopane veld that surrounds the camp nestled amongst the Mopani tree-covered koppies. A signature feature is the huge Gnarled old baobab tree in the heart of the camp. The vegetation inside the camp is left as found in the wild, adding to the unique atmosphere of the camp. You will have a chance to relax from the day’s activities before departing on an evening game drive.
On return, dinner will be a delicious meal at the restaurant overlooking the Pioneer Dam to round off an idyllic day!
MOPANI REST CAMP – BLYDE RIVER
Early breakfast and departure through the park towards the Phalaborwa gate.
The first stop will be at the Phalaborwa Open Cast mine the “Big Hole”, one of the largest copper mines in the world and Africa’s widest manmade hole.It’s almost 2 km wide and visible from space! There is an incredible lookout point located [sensitive content]addition to viewing the Big Hole, the viewpoint offers awesome views of Limpopo’s stunning landscape and the Kruger National Park.
Then, you will then proceed to Amarula Lapa; here you can relax, stretch your legs and of course, enjoy a glass of Amarula Cream on ice and stock up with a few bottles before journeying on.
The tour will continue to Blyde River, with a further stop at Jessica the world-famous hippo.Jessica ‘lives’ in the river of Hoedspruit and she is approachable for humans.She weighs about 1.2 tons and is without a doubt the world’s most famous hippo.The interactive tour is about 2 hours long and will leave you feeling joy in your heart.
Book in at Swadini which is set at the secluded foot of the Blyde River Canyon on the banks of the Blyde River, amidst a symphony of majestic Drakensberg mountain peaks and lush bush teeming with wildlife and sounds that call to indulge in pure African-style magic, African-style.
A late afternoon sunset cruise is planned for you on the Blyde River Dam.Dinner
BLYDE RIVER - PANORAMIC ROUTE
After breakfast at Swadini restaurant, depart for Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre Situated in the shadow of the majestic "Mariepskop” which forms part of the mighty Drakensberg mountains, this unique Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.
After the tour, you will begin your Panorama Route adventure.
The first stop will be the Blyde River Canyon. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve extends along the Blyde River Canyon's winding path, here you will get a good view of the famous 3 rondavels. At every turn offers more and more impressive views over sheer edges dropping 800m into the riverbed.
The second stop is at Bourke's Luck Potholes, for they are without a doubt incredible. Essentially they're the result of decades of swirling eddies of water where the Treur River meets the Blyde River, the tumult of which has caused extensive water erosion over time. The result is a series of cylindrical rock sculptures that look as though they would be more comfortable on the moon.
Next stop is God's Window with magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, which is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour.
A light lunch can be had along the route.
Once you have completed the Panoramic route, you will make your way back to Polokwane.
Dinner (Max R220,00 pp)
Entrance fees for specified itinerary activities only
Extra activities not scheduled on the programme
Curios anything of a personal nature
Limpopo the hidden gem of South Africa: Come and experience Nature, Art and rich history of the Limpopo and a taste of Mpumalanga Province the hidden Gem of South Africa. Limpopo, the northernmost province in South Africa, is known for its beauty, culture and the grand river that flows through it. Anyone who plans on travelling to South Africa should put Limpopo province at the top of their must-see list.
Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe National Park, Polokwane, Blyde River Canyon
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