MEC,Seaparo Sekoati, Leads a Tourism Delegation to Gaza Province in Mozambique

Sep 8, 2014
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, designed by Transfrontier Park Destinations,  is a unique destination that provides an exceptional experience through ideal off-road travelling opportunities for the Eco-Adventurers of the world. This unique route links the Northern Drakensberg Escarpment and the bush veld of the Limpopo Province traversing through the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park to the white beaches of Mozambique. The MEC for Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Mr. Seaparo Sekoati, led a tourism delegation including tour operators, media and Government officials to Xai Xai, in the Gaza Province of Mozambique.

Both the Bush to Beach and Escarpment 4x4 Routes have been identified as tourism concepts with the potential to significantly promote tourism in the area and which can benefit from the already highly popular tourist destination of the Mozambican beaches that offer diversified  products.

The Acting CEO of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), Ms. Seipati Tlaka, said: “We will  continue to maximise on our competitive advantage of the province’s proximity to the SADC countries to benefit and grow tourism in our province and Southern African Development Community (SADC) in general. Limpopo is the only province in the country that shares borders with three countries, namely, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Over and above this, the province has a major competitive advantage of having two Trans Frontier Parks (TFP), a niche product that no any other province in the country possesses”.

The expedition unfolded as the delegation unwrapped the Limpopo tourism jewel, through Mafefe ivory route, that cuts through Ori Baragwanath pass, a dense, serene wildlife haven which from every shot one sees nature’s regular offerings. The delegation further crept into Lekgalametse Nature Reserve. The 18 000 hectors worth of untouched plain fields, grazed by the astonishing African Zebras, land previously occupied by a small community of farmers, controlling a vast stretch of avocado orchards. What remains of that era is a sign of a 1903 settlement, ruins, more organized orchards ran by Ori Baragwanath and other settlers. The delegation ventured into dusty roads headed to a one "horse" town, Leydsdorp, now a deserted ghost town, once a mining town. It is in this town where the then SA president, Paul Kruger, in one of his visits proclaimed it a town for a day.

The Communications Manager of LEDET, Mr. Wisani Shilenge, who was also on tour said. “One more site to explore, Letaba Ranch, also on the 4x4 ivory route, 42 000 wide, twice the size of Lekgalametse Nature Reserve, our earlier sighting. The facility shares the wild with the Kruger park, an open fence allowing free roaming and endless wild sights. We were immediately on arrival shown where some of the group would retire for the night, dome tents were the standard feature there. Equipped with two standard beds, a toilet and a shower. A great facility for the wild lover”.
A boma under the Limpopo stars summed up the night.

The second day dawn started off on a much anticipated drive through the famous Kruger park, through the Giriyondo Border Gate right into the other parts of the border, Mozambique. It was a long humid drive, but what feasted everyone’s expectations surpassed the aftermath of winter, game in abundance. “We travelled on the 42km dusty stretch. An hour and a half later we were at the border. Bush to beach indeed. We were beyond in far less than 30 minutes, Mozambique. We crossed over into Limpopo National Park, half the size of the Kruger park, a 1million hectors stretch,  game paradise, a sequel to the South African game experience”, added Shilenge.

The crew drove further down the revived Mozambique terrains, through a detour into the rough armpits of park.  Along a 10km loop right along the SA boundary, one can still see the great Oliphant River. With fences brought down by raging elephants, a sign of good relations between the two countries. The journey proceeded to where one could experience a rare occurrence, the sun dawning in South Africa then rising again in Mozambique. It got rougher as they maneuvered through the trail. Two hours later they entered Mashampane Camp for the night to proceed to the town of Masingir the following day, through Mavotso Village, where they were met by ululating women and screams of children as a sign of warm welcome.

The MEC for LEDET, Mr. Seaparo Sekoati, said: “It is imperative that we take the tourism sector in our province to new heights. One of the competitive advantages we have is our proximity to the SADC countries, thus making the province the gateway to the rest of the African continent. To unlock the potential we have in the province, there was a significant trajectory on the tourism front that was developed in 2007 when the department launched ‘Rixile Bush to Beach Route’ at Masorini Heritage Site in the Kruger National Park.”

The main purpose is bringing our operators together to ensure sustainability of the packages that creates demand for tourists in both the Gaza Province and the Limpopo Province. “I want to urge our people in the province to also experience the thrill of the route”, said Sekoati.

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