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Limpopo Parks

Nwanedi Provincial Park

Nwanedi Provincial ParkThis scenic nature and game reserve on the foothills of the Venda mountains is characterised by the varied landscapes and rich diversity of animals.

The landscapes include umbrella thorn savannah, mopani patches and dense bushveld towards the mountains. The spectacular Tshihovhohovho Falls and the massive Nwanedi Dam are the scenic highlights of the reserve. Antelopes, giraffe, white rhino and the occasional leopard can be seen.

The reserve offers a camping site, tented camps and is also home to the Eclipse Safari Lodge with a variety of facilities and activities on offer.

Highlights: Tshihovhohovho Falls, Nwanedi Dam, Baobab trees

Accommodation Options: Nwanedi Resort , Eclipse Safari Lodge

Region: Vhembe Region

Nylsvley Conservancy

Nylsvley ConservancyAn internationally renowned RAMSAR site, the 4,000-ha Nylsvley Conservancy forms part of South Africa's largest flood-plain, the 16,000-ha Nyl River Flood-plain that stretches over 70 km from Modimolle to Mokopane. It is close to the N1, South Africa's primary national road, and only one-and-a-half hours' drive from Gauteng's major urban centres.

The conservancy provides sanctuary for some 72 mammal species, including a breeding herd of the rare Roan Antelope. In years of high rainfall as many as eighty thousand migratory water birds converge on the flood-plains, where up to 420 species have been identified.

Of this number, 365 species were identified in the reserve itself. The reserve provides habitat to 37 Red-Data species, hence its significance as a RAMSAR site. Five modern bird-hides are located in the reserve.

The prolific bird-life of the area makes it a great attraction for bird-lovers, researchers and tourists alike. It is not only the large numbers and many species of birds found in the reserve that attract tourists for a picnic or weekend, but also the six hundred plant species.

There is a limited network of dirt roads for game-viewing, extensive walking and hiking, and mountain biking.

In addition there are campsites for thirty people and picnic facilities. An old farmhouse is used for research purposes and the reserve also has a lecture hall, which is ideal for conferences/ meetings.

Highlights: Ramsar registered wetland area

Accommodation Options: Nylsvley Birding Lodge

Region: Waterberg Region

Rust de Winter Reserve

Rust de Winter ReserveLying within the boundaries of the proposed Dinokeng 'Big Five' Game Reserve, the 1,650-ha Rust de Winter Reserve is an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government to establish a major centre of wildlife-based industry.

The reserve is close to the national N1 road, an hour's drive north from Gauteng's major centres, and en route to destinations such as the Kruger National Park, Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and the tourist attractions of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

It surrounds the 500-ha Rust de Winter Dam, incorporating a wide variety of landscapes and habitats including broad-leaved woodland, rocky woodland slopes, mixed woodland, riverine forest and alluvial acacia veld.

Rust de Winter is a well-known birding destination, with 400 species of birds including numerous varieties of water bird. Game found on the reserve includes kudu, waterbuck, zebra, reedbuck, steenbuck, duiker, impala, Nyala, warthog, aardvark, bushpig, crocodile and otter.

Highlights: Rust de Winter Dam - Angling, boating, Game Viewing, Birding, Picnicking

Accommodation Options: Rust de Winter Camping

Region: Waterberg Region

Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve

Schuinsdraai Nature ReserveNorth of Marble Hall lies Schuinsdraai eco-system that surrounds Flag Boshielo and it covers 9037 hectares of land.

The Schuinsdraai dam provides an ideal environment for the large crocodile population that inhabits the area. Other game that can be spotted at Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve includes kudu, impala, eland, warthog and rare roan antelope.

Stay around the dam and enjoy the presence of beautiful waterbirds. The reserve is a popular destination for anglers and other water recreation.

Highlights: Spectacular view on dam, Amazing eco-system

Accommodation Options: Tambotie Ridge Lodge

Region: Sekhukhune Region

Tzaneen Dam

Tzaneen DamThe dam is situated 10km North-West of Tzaneen, only an hour drive from the Kruger National Park, this wilderness area incorporates the dam basin and a peninsula of the dam. It has angling and fishing opportunities. Enjoy the presence of hippos while having your picnic.

Tzaneen dam lies in good birding area with more than 350 bird species. Stay overnight at a picnic site or a caravan park and nature will treat you to magnificent copper bronze skies at sunset.

Highlights: Tzaneen Dam, Visitors area , Picnic site , Caravan & camping site

Accommodation Options: Tzaneen Wildlife Camp

Region: Mopani Region

Turfloop Nature Reserve

Tzaneen DamThis 750 hectare nature reserve is located 25 km North East of Polokwane and its adjacent to the University of Limpopo.

This is a unique game reserve because it lies right in the heart of a communal land in Mamabolo Village just 7 kilometers off the Polokwane-Tzaneen high way. This makes it ideal stop for foreign tourists on your way to kruger National Park to discover hidden treasures in communal lands and at the same discover rural life in South Africa.

Highlights: Birding, Visitors area , Picnic site , Caravan & camping site

For more information on Turfloop and accommodation available click here

Region: Capricorn Region Capricorn Region

Turfloop Nature Reserve

Tzaneen DamNestled in the mountains between Lekgalameetse and Wolkberg Nature Reserves, this 1510 ha reserve is located about 40km from Tzaneen and there is a 4×4 track giving access to the heart of the Reserve, the Thabina Dam where the Thabina Eco Lodge is situated.

Several clear cool streams tumble from the misty peaks of the Wolkberg Mountains and find their way through pristine grasslands and indigenous forests into the Thabina Dam.

Highlights: 4x4 Trails, Fishing

For more information on Thabina and accommodation available click here

Region: Mopani Region

 

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