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A LAND OF LEGENDS

Myths and legends are the common thread running through any visit to the Vhembe Biosphere, but the region is one of spectacular scenery as well as the cultural richness and hosts over 540 bird species, making it a very rewarding birding destination. The mighty Limpopo River creates a geographical embrace around the most northerly boundaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe while the Soutpansberg mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to this Land of Legend where the deep and ancient rhythms of Africa will capture your heart.

TRAVEL HOTSPOTS.

The Vhembe Biosphere Reserve has some of the most unique, untouched, unexplored areas in the province making it a popular tourism hotspot for visitors.  From Kruger National Park’s Pafuri and Makuleke areas to the Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site in the west, landscapes range from bushveld to waterfalls, lakes, mountains and forests, attracting visitors to the area and acting as a dramatic backdrop to the rich social context. The Vhembe District has many stories resulting from the region's cultural heritage which is shared through the stories, myths, arts and crafts. This is the common thread running through any visit to the region from the mighty Limpopo River which creates a geographical embrace around the most northerly boundaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe to the Soutpansberg mountains which provide a dramatic backdrop to this Land of Legend.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES.


The Vhembe Biosphere provides ample opportunity for you to immerse yourself in unique authentic experiences designed to connect travellers to the special places, people and cultures within communities and conservation areas. Curated by Love Limpopo and expertly guided by passionate locals, these immersive travel experiences inspire you as a traveller to have a more meaningful tourism journey, where you not only participate actively in the creative and enriching process of sharing indigenous knowledge, but also make a positive impact on the areas you visit. Whether it is learning how to make a traditional clay pot on the Ancient Trade Routes or harvesting salt in a 2000 year-old process, you can truly get under the skin of a destination and make your travels an adventure you will never forget. 

PLACES TO STAY.

Vhembe Biosphere Reserve has a large variety of accommodation options to suit every preference and budget. From conservancy spaces and nature reserves to high-end lodges; comfortable B&B’s or unique campsites. The common denominator is the beautiful nature space in which you will find yourself when you visit this diverse area.  

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NAHAKWE LODGE

Nahakwe Lodge is a 4-star, community-owned and run Lodge near Elim. The free-standing chalets and rondawels, offer guests private and comfortable accommodation, and the rooms are decorated by artists from the local area. The spacious thatched lounge and dining area also has a bar so travellers can enjoy sundowners under the spreading Marula Tree. Crafters and artists on the Ribola Art route are 30 minutes away and visitors can engage with artists of the calibre of Thomas Kubayi, the Twananani Co-Operative & Mukundoni Pottery Village. Nahakwe is also a perfect stopover on the way to explore the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

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MAKGABENG FARM LODGE

About 80km north of Polokwane, south of the Blouberg and west of the Soutpansberg, Makgabeng Farm Lodge is a perfect overnight stop en route to the Makgabeng. The nearby Makgabeng Plateau hides some of the most incredible San, Khoi! and Pedi rock art tucked under sandstone overhangs. Makgabeng Farm Lodge has comfortable rooms with an incredible view of the Makgabeng and best of all, a swimming pool to beat the heat!

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ZVAKANAKA FARM

Zvakanaka, meaning 'lekker' or 'go well' is a great stopover for visitors passing through the Vhembe Biosphere Region and an even better place as a base to linger longer. This private, bush breakaway with spectacular mountain vistas is a gateway for people heading to Mapungubwe, Kruger Park or further afield. Accommodation offers privacy and personality from Igababa Cabin made entirely of glass in the front with a private deck leading to the plunge pool or Mandala’s Cottage is just as lovely and sleeps 4 and you will be spoilt for choice between the four Campsites situated in private spaces around a charming central ablution block. You can enjoy walking trails galore and WIFI at Bullet Bar in case you want to be in touch with the world but the best things about Zvakanaka are the mountain views, immersion in nature and the starry skies.

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AIR BLOUBERG

Tucked into the foothills of the Blouberg mountains, the African Ivory Routes Blouberg Cultural Camp feels cut off from the world, a place where you can turn off your phone, head off on a walk towards the sky and a refreshing dip in mountain pools, or laze under the trees and read the latest bestseller. Much later, sit around a crackling braai fire under a blanket of stars. The Blouberg Camp has just 5 traditional-style huts so is perfect for your family or friends to book them all and have the place completely to yourselves. No traffic, no deadlines, no meetings to attend and only the sound of birdsong as your morning wake-up call. There is great hiking, birding and the Vulture colony and Makgabeng rock art sites nearby

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AWELANI LODGE

Dramatic sandstone outcrops hide what is probably San and Khoi rock art and traditional Venda grain storage at Awelani safari lodge near Pafuri Gate in the northern section of Kruger National Park. Explore this 1700 hectare conservancy on foot or mountain bike through a remarkable array of trees from ancient Baobabs, Mopane and towering Lobombo Ironwoods. Visitors can have sundowners at the poolside or the unique experience of dinner in the rocky overhang above the camp where accommodation ranges from self-catering chalets, bungalows and safari tents to a camping site.

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LESHIBA MOUNTAIN RETREATS

Leshiba Mountain Retreats is one of the most unique lodges in Africa. This private game reserve is perched at the summit of the Soutpansberg plateau surrounded by dramatic cliffs and soulful vistas. You can book out Hamasha for a self-catering bush break-away with family or friends or go for the bucket-list option of the newly-built, Lavish and Luxury suites at the Venda Village. Giraffes delicately munch the treetops below you and beyond that is the game-filled mountain wilderness where you can walk up to wildlife and admire rock art from the earliest times. Game drives and walks are tailored to you and enhance the magic rather than the fixed-schedule madness. At Leshiba Mountain Retreats, you're free to wander; to dream and to breathe in the mountains, horizons and the wild sky.