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Limpopo Odyssey Itinerary

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Limpopo Tour

The Northern Kruger National Park is complemented by the diverse terrain of this region and includes mopane woodlands, fever tree forests, acacia thickets and some of the largest and oldest baobab trees.

A unique advantage of this area and location is that it is not accessible by the general Kruger public. The region's rich historical and cultural heritage can be explored by guided visits to Crooks Corner and the Thulamela archaeological site overlooking the Luvuvhu River. Artefacts dating from 1460 to 1640 have been found tying them to the last phase of the Zimbabwe culture. In the late 19th century, the historic Ivory Route passed alongside the Luvuvhu River to Crooks corner at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers and the border of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. A visit to Thulamela is a half day excursion.

DAY 1

Start your Limpopo tour as you depart Johannesburg or Pretoria travelling north for the magnificent Magoebaskloof area, 13 km from the little town of Haenertsburg. This area is categorised by awesome views of surrounding mountains, rivers, waterfalls and the vast reaches of the beautiful Ebenezer Dam.

On arrival you will be accommodated at the Magoebaskloof Hotel for one night on a bed and breakfast basis. BB

Set in the dramatically beautiful Magoebaskloof area of Limpopo, the hotel offers guests a chance to enjoy an idyllic and relaxing break in the country. Friendly personal service and comfortable accommodation are a hallmark of the hotel. (approximate driving time 4 hrs)

DAY 2

After an early breakfast you will depart driving through the cultural area of the Pede people towards the Punda Maria gate of the Kruger National Park. After entering the Kruger Park you will drive north for the most Northern section of the Kruger National Park. After a drive of approximately six hours, including a slow drive through the Park, you will arrive at The Outpost where you will be accommodated for two nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. DBB

The Outpost lies in a vast wilderness area in the northernmost part of Kruger National Park. This region, called the Makuleke Region, is bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique. Italian born architect Enrico Daffonchio designed The Outpost. Using simple, clean lines and combining elements of steel, concrete and open space, the unashamedly contemporary design of The Outpost emphasises its beautiful surrounds but blends and preserves the wilderness that is its home.

DAY 3

Begin your African safari with today's program which includes an early morning game drive, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, game drive and dinner.

DAY 4

After a final game drive and breakfast depart for The Soutpansberg mountains near Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province (approximate driving time is 3 ½ hrs).Spend two nights at the lovely Leshiba Wilderness on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. DBB

Leshiba Wilderness lies in a hidden valley on top of the Soutpansberg mountains in Limpopo Province, one of the country’s most unique bio-diverse environments. Transcending expectations, this private reserve is something special, family-run, offering a uniquely African experience with luxury touches, warm hospitality and rich memories. Leshiba offers a unique, authentic and holistic African experience. A lovely place to relax during your African safari.

DAY 5

Halfway through your Limpopo tour enjoy a day with the many activities on offer in this area such as activity trails, horse riding, rock art, game viewing, astronomy, and more.

DAY 6

We drive parallel to the Limpopo, past massive Baobab trees (upside down trees) to Mapungubwe National Park a World Heritage Site at the confluence of two rivers – the Limpopo and the Shashe. The area is graced with magnificent cliffs, balancing rocks and inspirational views across the rivers into Zimbabwe and Botswana.

This is a step back into time to the 13th century where an ancient sophisticated civilization, capable of working gold, traded with the Indian Ocean network of Arabia, China, Indonesia and India.

Tonight your guide will prepare a typical South African barbeque (braai) as the park is self-catered. Spend two nights at Mapungubwe on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. DBB

DAY 7

Today we visit Mapungubwe hill – where the famous Golden Rhino was unearthed – to view San Rock Art and Dinosaur fossils as well as touring educational cites.

DAY 8

We depart today for the Tuli Block in Botswana, crossing the Limpopo in a Bosun’s chair to Mashatu Game Reserve. Mashatu, ‘Land of Giants’ takes its name from the locally-sacrosanct Mashatu tree and the giants that roam the terrain. As one of the largest private game reserve in southern Africa, Mashatu is, at 25 000 ha (75 000 acres), a fitting setting for the world’s largest land mammal (the elephant) - with the largest herds on privately owned land on earth.

Accommodation will be at Mashatu Tented Camp for two nights on a Full Board basis, including activities. FB and activities

8 Completely private comfortable tents are tucked under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via meandering pathways. The tents are themselves spacious and comfortable (enabling adults to stand upright). Each unit is mounted on a concrete platform, and has its own private outdoor en-suite facilities (including W.C and shower).

DAY 9

As we near the end of your Limpopo tour enjoy a full day exploring this fascinating area by 4x4 vehicle and on foot.

Day 10

After a final game drive and breakfast we depart on a seven hour drive through farmlands and indigenous villages for Johannesburg. This is where your African safari comes to an end.

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