Historical Sites of Limpopo

Limpopo is a region of contrasts, from true bushveld country to majestic mountains, primeval indigenous forests, unspoilt wilderness and patchworks of farmland.

Limpopo is rich in natural beauty, culture and wildlife. It's also home to the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, one of the country's seven World Heritage sites.

Mapungubwe - "place of the stone of wisdom" - was South Africa's first kingdom, and developed into the subcontinent's largest realm, lasting for
400 years before it was abandoned in the 14th century. Its highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt.

The site lies on the open savannah of the See also Mapungubwe National Park, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers.

It abuts the northern border of South Africa and the borders of Zimbabwe and Botswana, a crossroads location that helps explain its prosperous
past as an important trading centre, particularly at the height of its powers between about 1220 and 1300 AD.

Makapans Valley
The Makapans Valley near Mokopane in Limpopo contains a bountiful cluster of historical and cultural heritage sites that range in age as far back as three million years.

The Makapans Valley, with the Makapans Cave at its centre, is a fascinating area that continues to provide many clues to the way the ancient Africans once lived. The Makapans Cave is a National Heritage site and has provided an abundance and variety of study subjects.

To visit the Makapans Valley contact Mogalakwena Bushveld Tourism Association on 015 491 8458.
Coordinates: S24.151766, E29.179688

Modjadji Nature Reserve
Once the main diet of the prehistoric mammal-like reptiles that lived here, the Modjadji cycad (Encephalartos transvenosus) forms a unique natural forest which can be viewed in its prehistoric state thanks to its strict protection by succeeding generations of modjadji ('rain queens'), the hereditary rulers in the area.

Modimolle (Nylstroom)
The Nile River that flows near the town. This North-flowing river owes its name to the historic Jerusalem pilgrims, who, on their journey to the north, thought that they had reached Egypt.

Discover the Soutpansberg Mountain and Limpopo Valley area with prehistoric and protohistoric period archeological sites, conservation areas, game & bird viewing, hiking, hsitoric sites, safaris, scenic splendour and much more

Venda is a small area in the North Eastern corner of Limpopo. It offers a great variety of landscapes, unspoilt natural beauty and the opportunity to explore the history, culture and life-style of a most fascinating people.

Lake Fundudzi
Lake Fundudzi is a sacred site for the vhaVenda tribe in the mountainous north of Limpopo. The vhaVenda remained true to their traditions and mythology and believe that you can hear their ancestors drumming under the waters of Lake Fundudzi.

This freshwater lake is the mythological burial ground of their fore-fathers.
Coordinates: S22.863522, E30.307159

Thathe Vondo Forest
From Lake Funduzi you will drive along the very top of the Soutpansberg. The vegetation consists of afromontain grasslands and small patches of afro temperate forest.

Close to Lake Fundudzi you'll find the Holy Forest - Thathe. Thathe is an indigenous forest which is sacred to the Venda people.
Coordinates: S22.915393, E30.322266

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