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 province of South Africa and as such is the gateway to the rest of Africa. This province shares its borders with Zimbabwe and Botswana to the north and Mozambique to the east.
The Limpopo Province a land of mighty mountain ranges, limitless bushveld, big game, lions, sorcery, witchcraft, death, malaria and black water fever, gold, copper and minerals – and, above all, the freedom of the wilds. But that was a long time ago and now it is a tamed land. True, it still has great beauty and the promise of the wilds, glorious mountains and wide plains. There are still big game and lions, but only in the confines of the Kruger National Park and other game sanctuaries.
Polokwane (previously known as Pietersburg) is the capital city and lies strategically in the center of the province.
The military air base near Polokwane (Pietersburg) was converted into the province’s first international airport, Polokwane International Airport (also known as Gateway International Airport). The airport should play a crucial role in the economic development of the province and to date more than 350 jobs have been directly and indirectly created by this project.
The Great North Road passes through the center of the province stringing together a series of interesting towns.
Belabela (previously known as Warmbaths), with its popular mineral spa, is the southern entry point from Gauteng. Then follows Modimolle (previously known as Nylstroom) with its table grape industry and beautiful Waterberg range; Mokopane (previously known as Potgietersrus); Polokwane (Pietersburg) and Louis Trichardt (Makhado). At the border with Zimbabwe north of the Soutpansberg Mountain range, lies Musina (previously Messina), with its thickset Baobab trees.
The crossing into Zimbabwe is at Beit Bridge’. Where the South African section of this important route north into Africa ends.