The three pillars of Limpopo’s economy is agriculture, mining and tourism. Hunting is one of the big tourist attractions – large, exclusive hunting farms with lodges attracts 80% of the game hunting done in South Africa. Lephalale is one of Limpopo’s hunting meccas.
Tropical fruit orchards – such as bananas, litchis, pineapples and paw-paws, as well as citrus, tea and coffee plantations are grown in the Tzaneen and Louis Trichardt areas and provide for the whole nation as well as international markets. Fruit routes are also established as tourism attractions where the orchards as well as picking, grading and packing can be observed and the produce sampled.
One of the most important destinations in Limpopo are Mapungubwe Natioanl Park – birthplace to an ancient African Kingdom and part of the Waterberg Biosphere - an UNESCO designated biosphere reserve. About the time of the Dark Ages of Europe, the royal court at Mapungubwe flourished and traded with men from Arabia and the Far East. These fascinating details of this ancient city has only been discovered in recent decades and are now on display.
The Soutpansberg is South Africa’s northernmost mountain range and takes its name from the salt pans that lie at the base of the mountains western end. These pans have supplied salt for thousands of people from prehistoric times up to today. The rest of the mountain range is a wilderness area and are home to 467 species of birds and the Swanepoel’s Widow Butterfly which is endemic to this region. More than 500 tree species grow here and of course wild animals abound, making these parts a bird, animal and tree lover paradise.
The fascinating Medike rock-art site near Louis Trichardt with its murals and etchings, as well as Lajuma are the most popular rock-art sites open to the public in South Africa. There is also an arts and craft route in this area where the life of the Shangaan people are showcased and their sisal mats, candles, silkscreen prints, batik articles and Venda pots are up for sale.
Mokopane is Limpopo’s adventure haven with activities from hiking, camping, 4X4 trials and angling. Limpopo calls to the wild at heart and treats them with a luxury of life.