Limpopo – Geography

Overview

Overview

The Golden Horseshoe is the descriptive name applied to the huge arc of unspoiled natural countryside of the Limpopo Province, bordered by Mpumalanga, North-West Province and Gauteng. The Limpopo Province, lying in the elbow of the Limpopo River, is the northern...

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

On 26 March 1898 President Paul Kruger signed a proclamation establishing a sanctuary for wildlife between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers. On 31 May 1926, The National Parks Act was adopted, adding many hectares to the north of the Sabie River to the old Sabie Game...

Profile of the Province

Profile of the Province

The Province may be divided into four basic tourism sub-regions. Common geographical or topographical characteristics identify these different sub-regions although the dividing line between one and the next is seldom clear-cut: Capricorn - Mookopong (Naboomspruit),...

Transport

Transport

The Great North Road cuts through Wyllie's Poort immediately north of Louis Trichardt. This pass was built after the old road higher up the mountainside had been washed away several times. The new road includes two tunnels (450m and 27 4m) completed in 1961. Near the...

Mining, Minerals and Industry

Mining, Minerals and Industry

The Limpopo Province is rich in minerals, including copper, asbestos, coal, iron ore and platinum. The province is a typical developing area; exporting primary products and importing manufactured goods and services. Unemployment is high. The per-capita income is by...

Forestry and Agriculture

Forestry and Agriculture

Cattle The Bushveld is cattle country. Controlled hunting is often combined with ranching. The main breeds in the region are the Afrikaner, Hereford and Brahman. Other breeds are the Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn and Simmenthaler. Professor Bonsma developed a crossbreed...

Climate

Climate

The elevation of the Limpopo Province varies from 750m to 1 400m and the annual rainfall from 350mm in the west to just over 600mm in parts of the northeast. The northern and eastern parts of this summer rainfall region are subtropical with hot humid summers and mist...

Pedi

Pedi

Smock dresses of women of magnificent proportions - finely patterned blue material. Their hair is a pancake of teased out strands.

Shangane

Shangane

Known for their muscle dance. Women wear blue striped skirts dressed like a Zulu. The "Knopneuse" was a group of the Shangaans who damaged themselves so that they would be ugly to avoid being captured by the slave traders.

Lovedu & Modjadji

Lovedu & Modjadji

For four centuries the area north of Duiwelskloof, in the valley of the Molototsi River, has been the habitat of Modjadji (Modjadje or Mujaji), queen of the Lovedu tribe or the Rain Queen. Her mysterious history can be traced right back to the kingdom of Monomotapa,...

Lemba

Lemba

Living with the Venda, is a rather mysterious group known as the Lemba, descendants of Arab safari traders. These people are expert potters, metal workers and miners. The Lemba are generally called balungu meaning 'white men'. The Venda and Lemba have lived together...

Venda and Lake Fundudzi

Venda and Lake Fundudzi

Unlike some of the other larger ethnic groups of Southern Africa, the Venda constitutes a well• defined homogeneous entity. Before the arrival of the Whites in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Venda led an isolated life in the fertile Soutpansberg area....

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