10 Day Limpopo Cultural Route

  • 10 Day Tour
  • South Africa
  • Take the road less travelled and explore the incredible Limpopo Province on this 10-day journey of discovery. The tour starts in an ancient cycad forest, hearing the lore of Modjadji, the Rain Queen. Move on to the Ribola Art Route and experience Tsonga and Venda art & culture, learning new skills. Drive through the deeply rural Venda region and explore baobab territory near the Limpopo river. Rest at the most north eastern part of the country under glorious African skies, with a safari in the game-rich Northern Kruger area.  Then head south, travelling via the ancient salt harvesting site at Baleni to another safari camp bordering Kruger and known for its herds of elephant and buffalo. 

Tour Details

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation as per itinerary, all lodges with private en-suite bathrooms, no camping
  • All transport in country
  • Fully catered from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10

Activities with local guides:

  • Modjadji Cycad Reserve walk
  • Tavern dinner experience
  • Magoebaskloof zip line canopy tour
  • Guided tour of Ribola Art Route - with 3 interactive sessions
  • Visit to Lake Fundudzi and the Sacred Forest
  • Traditional Venda dance performance and meal
  • Full day Northern Kruger game drive (Pafuri region)
  • Traditional Tsonga dance performance and meal
  • Visit to Baleni salt harvesters 
  • 2x Letaba Ranch afternoon game drives 
  • Morning bush/game walk



Tour Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Insurance
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Meals not Stated in Itinerary
  • Tips
  • Optional Activities

 

 Full tour details can be seen here - 

Accommodation

  • Modjadji Cultural Camp, Nahakwe Lodge, Fundudzi Cultural Camp, Awelani Lodge, Baleni Camp, Mtomeni Safari Camp



Price Guide

  • Fully-Private Guided
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
  • 2 pax £2895 per person sharing
  • 4 pax £2195 per person sharing
  • 6 pax £1745 per person sharing
  • 8 pax £1545 per person sharing
  • Single supplement £135 (Min 2 pax) 
  • 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2019
  • 2 pax £3225 per person sharing
  • 4 pax £2195 per person sharing
  • 6 pax £1845 per person sharing
  • 8 pax £1675 per person sharing 
  • Single supplement £145 (Min 2 pax) 

 

  • Semi-Guided, with self-drive
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
  • 2 pax £1785 per person sharing
  • 4 pax £1495 per person sharing
  • 6 pax £1395 per person sharing
  • 8 pax £1325 per person sharing 
  • Single supplement £145 (Min 2 pax) 
  • 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2019
  • 2 pax £1845 per person sharing
  • 4 pax £1575 per person sharing
  • 6 pax £1485 per person sharing
  • 8 pax £1395 per person sharing
  • Single supplement £145 (Min 2 pax)

 




Itinerary

Day 1: Limpopo+

Your first night is in the Modjadji Cycad reserve in Modjajiskloof near Tzaneen. You will travel through various local villages, up towards the Cycad Reserve, where you will be spending the night. After check-in, the camp guides will take you on a walk through the reserve, giving you an amazing view of the magnificent cycads. Dinner will be provided in a local home, or the nearby Malopeni Entertainment Tavern. There will be a fire in camp when you return from dinner – a great place to sit while hearing the stories of the Modjadji Dynasty, and the history of the Rain Queen.

Day 2: Limpopo+

After breakfast head off to the nearby George’s Valley for a morning of thrills – doing a canopy tour over the forest. After you have completed the 11 slides marveling at the indigenous forests and gorges below, visit a local craft brewery or the organic cheese diary (depending on who is open on the day). By mid-afternoon you’ll be heading down the Kudus River Valley, towards Nahakwe Lodge where you will spend the second night.

Day 3: Limpopo+

Today you will visit the Ribola Art Route. After breakfast, you travel to the village of Mbhokota where you will meet and experience a variety of experiences with different groups of local artists. You will have the opportunity to learn to make traditional Tsonga ‘batik-style’ cloths, as well as get a basic lesson in carving or making jewelry from recycled materials. In addition, there will be time to visit other artists in the area with different creative skills. This will be the best time on the whole trip for purchasing authentic arts made by the people you will meet. Lunch will be had in a local diner and the last activity of the day will include a music extravaganza. At the end of the day you will head back to Nahakwe Lodge where you will have dinner before retiring for the night. (A local community host from the Ribola Art Route will spend the day with you, guiding, translating and enhancing your experience.)

Day 4: Southpansberg Mountain Range+

After breakfast you will leave Nahakwe, heading north along the famous Witvlag Road and past some of Venda’s most beautiful and sacred places. A local specialist guide will meet you so that you can go to the Sacred Forest and Lake Fundudzi, learning you about the amazing local traditions and attractions. By lunch time you will arrive in village of Makwarani where the local ladies will treat you to a traditional meal, cooked outdoors under a tree, and after lunch perform some of their traditional dances. You will drive to Fundudzi Camp late afternoon, and a light dinner will be served at the local tavern where the camp guides will take you to meet more of the locals.

Day 5: Southpansberg Mountain Range+

This morning you have the opportunity to spend the morning further exploring this beautiful area of Venda. Consider a walk through the local village, or visits to some local crafters. On a different note the camp is above the magnificent Mukumbani tea Plantation and if it’s season, a fascinating visit to the plantation is an option. Get to Awelani Lodge in time to enjoy its swimming pool and easy walking amongst baobabs. It’s a beautiful place to get out of the vehicle and relax. Dinner is a braai in a cave.

Day 6: Southpansberg Mountain Range+

Today has been dedicated to a full-day game drive in Kruger National Park. Awelani Lodge will provide breakfast and lunch packs so that you have the full day available to explore this fabulous, and relatively quiet part of Kruger. You’ll visit the Luvuvhu River Bridge, Pafuri Picnic Site and Crooks Corner. Spend part of the day quietly resting at the picnic site, watching the animal and bird movements in the river below.

Day 7: Klein Letaba River+

Leave Awelani after breakfast and travel south. The first part of the trip will be through Kruger National Park – all the better to see wild animals. You will leave the park at Punda Maria Gate, and then head south to Baleni Camp. On arrival in Baleni you will check in you will take a short drive to a local village where you will be welcomed to a local home where you will be entertained by the Tsonga women dancing and fed a traditional meal in a local home.

Day 8: Letaba Ranch Provincial Park+

After a leisurely breakfast, you will walk with the local guides down to meet the salt harvesters at a traditional salt harvesting site. These Tsonga ladies will show you how they make the salt and offer you an opportunity to learn some of the skills involved. After spending time with them you will also visit Mkulu, the geothermal hotspring that is that is the source of the salt. This morning will be dedicated to an opportunity to get a sense of the rhythm of the local environment and time to see local artisanal practices that are a key source of the economic activity in the area. Later you will head to Mtomeni, a camp in a Big 5 reserve. On arrival at Mtomeni Camp you will be met by the camp team who will check you into your safari tent and greeting and briefing. The afternoon game drive will last until sunset. After the drive you will return to the camp and dinner will be served. There will be a camp fire to enjoy.

9: Letaba Ranch Provincial Park+

After a leisurely breakfast, you will walk with the local guides down to meet the salt harvesters at a traditional salt harvesting site. These Tsonga ladies will show you how they make the salt and offer you an opportunity to learn some of the skills involved. After spending time with them you will also visit Mkulu, the geothermal hotspring that is that is the source of the salt. This morning will be dedicated to an opportunity to get a sense of the rhythm of the local environment and time to see local artisanal practices that are a key source of the economic activity in the area. Later you will head to Mtomeni, a camp in a Big 5 reserve. On arrival at Mtomeni Camp you will be met by the camp team who will check you into your safari tent and greeting and briefing. The afternoon game drive will last until sunset. After the drive you will return to the camp and dinner will be served. There will be a camp fire to enjoy.

Day 10: Home+

After breakfast you will be ready to start the next leg of your journey. Either drive back to Johannesburg, or continue south to see a different part of Kruger and the Panorama Route.

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