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About Limpopo

Known as the ‘The Great North’ Limpopo is the land of legend. Home to some of South Africa’s most vibrant cultures, ancient civilisations, it became the final stop along the Voortrekkers ‘Great Trek’. Such deep-rooted culture, rich history, and respect for nature are reflected in the way of life here, and some of the most fantastic places to stay. Neighbouring Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, Limpopo occupies South Africa’s northernmost reaches. Named after the mighty Limpopo River, which flows along its border with Zimbabwe, this wild and diverse state is the gateway to Africa for many, and the Kruger Park. Largely unchanged for centuries, Limpopo offers unlimited opportunities to experience an untamed Africa. Our recommendations showcase the best places to stay in Limpopo from five star lodges to eco-friendly stays.

The province’s main transport hub is Hoedspruit. From here, travellers can reach the Kruger Park, and numerous other private reserves by road. From archaeological sites to early civilisation, adrenaline-filled outdoor adventures, to its fascinating history, characterful Limpopo provides a lot more than just seeing the Big 5.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

  • Occupying over 10% of South Africa’s landmass, Limpopo boasts superb wildlife opportunities. From numerous private game reserves to the great Kruger Park all of South Africa’s ‘Big 5’ can be spotted here, and much more.
  • Visitors to Mapungubwe National Park, can explore one of South Africa’s most significant Iron Age sites on foot, and observe the river landscape where Botswana and Zimbabwe meet, home to big cats, antelope, and rhinos.
  • Stop for a pint at Sunland Baobab farms, near Modjadjiskloof, where you’ll find an enormous Baobab tree which has been fashioned into a pub.
  • Travel in the footsteps of the Voortrekkers, along The Great North Road, from Pretoria, first carved by the creaking wheels of ox wagons. Today, the road is tarmacked and clearly signposted, but it still makes for a rugged and scenic drive.
  • Visit a tea, coffee, or citrus plantation – all in abundance thanks to the region’s tropical climate.
  • Experiences Limpopo’s rich culture and traditional art in Venda, an area dotted with landforms of great spiritual significance.
  • The unique UNESCO biosphere at Waterberg, provides excellent wildlife spotting, especially in Marakele National Park.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LIMPOPO

FOR SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL

  • A once in a lifetime experience, Royal Malewane is repeatedly voted one of the most luxurious places to stay in South Africa – and it has some stiff competition. Part of The Royal Portfolio collection, you know you’re in good hands. It has to be experienced to be believed!
  • Not your usual colonial-style tent experience, The Outpost is camping with a difference. Stylish and beautifully designed each of its 13 tents are the height of luxury. The spa means it’s ideal for travellers wanting to completely unwind.

FOR A TRULY WILD EXPERIENCE

  • Experience an authentic African safari at Baluleni Safari Lodge, with a few little luxuries thrown in. Sturdy tents are decorated in animal and tribal prints – guests can sit out on their terrace and watch the wildlife pass by.
  • Camping for grown-ups, Kapama Buffalo Camp’s paired-back interior designed tents are very chic, and arguably far too stylish to seriously be considered a ‘truly wild’ experience. But, with wildlife passing right in front of your terrace, it does not disappoint.
  • Children will love Rukiya Safari Camp’s authentic tented accommodation, whilst adults will appreciate its superlative comfort and inviting price tag. A real camping experience all ages can enjoy.

FOR A FAMILY FRIENDLY STAY

  • With only four cottages, Kurhula Wildlife Lodge is a very intimate and very wild stay. Enticingly priced it provides budget-friendly accommodation with activities that all the family can enjoy.
  • Part of an ever-growing collection of excellently priced boutique stays around Southern Africa, aha Makalali Lodge is no exception. Characterful, thatched lodged accommodation adds to the character, whilst adults and children’s activities ensure all ages are happy.
  • Kapama Southern Camp’s flexible accommodation options, and activities for all ages, meaning it is an excellent, and very luxurious, options for families travelling together.

FOR A WELLNESS BREAK

  • So much more than just a safari lodge, Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa has an extensive list of wellness packages, juice cleanses, and much more, to ensure that the wellness guru or weariest traveller is catered for. The perfect stay for those looking to revitalise in the peace and tranquillity of the African bush.
  • Within driving distance of Johannesburg, Shambhala Private Game Reserve is more about the indulgent spa treatments than it is serious wildlife – but that is to be experienced too! A relaxing stay with luxurious suites in a peaceful setting.

FOR AN ECO STAY

  • Though many game reserves champion their eco-credentials, Sausage Tree Safari Lodge is the real deal. Located within the Balule Conservancy they support several local charities and grassroots initiatives including an anti-poaching unit and local school and orphanage.

FOR A ROMANTIC BREAK

  • Roll-top baths, spa treatments, stylish tents and fine dining, Marataba Safari Lodge has all the right ingredients for a very romantic escape.
  • The adults-only accommodation, candle-lit al fresco dining, and long list of spa treatments at Tshwene Lodge ensure that travelling romantics will have a truly immersive stay.
  • Just five rooms, the boutique and beautifully decorated Xanatseni Private Camp is a very charming stay and ideal for couples in search of seclusion and relaxation.
  • Sumptuous suites, private pools, spa treatments and private dining all ensure that Kapama Karula Camp is popular with couples again and again.
  • A very grown-up stay, Camp Ndlovu boasts refined interiors (think oak four-posters and sparkling cut glass) with outdoor roll-top baths and a very refined atmosphere. One to leave the kids behind.
  • Make memories as you gaze out at the elephants drinking from directly below Kapama River Lodge’s infinity pool. Suites include private terraces with views to rival.

FOR BAGS OF CHARACTER

  • Full to the brim with curio pieces and original artworks, Khya Ndlovu Manor House is an idiosyncratic stay in the heart of the African wilderness – families and couples alike, will love.
  • Experience some of Limpopo’s famed tribal culture at Timbavati Safari Lodge. This unique property champion’s regions traditions, right from their cultural programme to their kaleidoscopic décor.

Travel Information

  • Limpopo is blessed with a temperate climate. January, the hottest month, averages temperatures of aronud 23°C; whilst June, the coldest, is around 13°C. The wettest month is November with an average of 100mm of rain.
  • Limpopo is best visited between May and September for the coolest weather and the best wildlife spottings.
  • Depending on where in Limpopo you are travelling to, you'll either want to fly to O. R. Tambo International Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (known as KMI Airport) from where you'll want to arrange a transfer through your hotel.
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Best Hotels in Limpopo

  • Timbavati Safari Lodge Limpopo 12 rooms from $126

    A 20-minute drive from the Kruger Park this quirky lodge is designed in a traditional style. Each of its thatched cottages are painted in local tribal design and provide a characterful stay amidst the African bush that all ages will love. Outdoor dining, outdoor pool, plus cultural programme.

    Families  -  Quirky cottages plus lots of outdoor activities - it's a great family stay
    Value chic  -  Excellent value within easy reach of the Kruger Park
    Great walks  -  Guided safari walks and trails
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Unembeza Boutique Hotel & Spa Hoedspruit 11 rooms from $133

    Sleek, modern hotel with beautifully appointed rooms offering a very stylish stay. The food is restaurant quality, no mean feat in this location, plus there are superb wellness packages, a private jacuzzi, and plenty of outdoor activities. An excellent value stay.

    Value chic  -  Sleek, chic, accommodation with an excellent price tag
    Great walks  -  Excellent hiking trails in the area
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Kurhula Wildlife Lodge Hoedspruit 4 rooms from $224

    Well priced safari lodge providing individual cottage accommodation that couples and families will love. Rustic-chic interiors provide a relaxed environment surrounded by wildlife. Embark on daily game drives and bush walks or relax by the pool or in the spa. Excellent dining.

    Families  -  Quirky cottage stay with plenty of safari opportunities
    Great walks  -  Kurhula Wildlife Lodge Bush Walk
    Sailing  -  Boat trip over Blyde River
    Minimum Stay  -  Two-night stay
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  • Rukiya Safari Camp Hoedspruit 6 rooms from $256

    Luxurious yet well priced this is a very intimate camping stay amidst the African bush. Suitable for all ages, children especially will love sleeping under the stars. There is a long list of outdoor activities and guided safaris on foot and 4x4. Excellent dining (breakfast and dinner included).

    Back to Nature  -  A luxurious camping experience that all ages will love
    Great walks  -  Guided bush walks in Wild Rivers and Balule Nature Reserves
    Sailing  -  Boat cruises on the Blyde and Olifants Rivers
    Birdwatching  -  Bird watching from the comfort of camp
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  • umVangati House Blyde River Canyon,, Limpopo 5 rooms from $259

    Located in the epic Blyde River Canyon this five-bedroom guesthouse provides sleek yet homely accommodation, moments from the great outdoors. Modern, spacious rooms are decorated with natural furnishings and boast large bathrooms. Home dining is served each day.

    Total relaxation  -  A relaxing home away from home with unspoilt views of the surrounding nature
    Sights nearby  -  Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre is home to many animals that cannot be released into the wild
    Great walks  -  Take the trail to Three Rondavels Viewpoint
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Phelwana Game Lodge Limpopo 23 rooms from $300

    Quirky thatched guesthouse providing flexible accommodation - from three-bedroom villas to private tents overlooking the lake. Perfect for families and couples. Every room is filled with curios and local artefacts. Panoramic views abound, plus you're under an hour from The Kruger Park.

    Families  -  With plenty of flexible accommodation, private pools, and the great outdoors, it's a great family stay
    Fishing  -  On Phelwana Dam - equipment is available
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pools
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Tshwene Lodge Vaalwater,, Limpopo 5 rooms from $318

    A very intimate stay, ideal for romantics. This adults-only lodge provides guests with lavish suites, boasting private terraces that gaze out across the Welgevonden Game Reserve. Excellent wildlife opportunities by day, sumptuous 'bush' dining by night. There's a spa and inviting pool. Bliss.

    Romantic Break  -  An utterly romantic, adults only lodge, with candle lit dining and spa treatments
    Birdwatching  -  Excellent spotting, right from your private terrace
    Kayaking  -  Along the Taaibos River
    Great walks  -  Guided safari walks
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  • Baluleni Safari Lodge Hoedspruit (Phalaborwa,) 5 rooms from $318

    Rustic tented accommodation boasting a long list of activities, guided walks, and excellent safaris. The lodge is frequented by the local wildlife - sit out on your private terrace and watch it go by. Hearty dining, including a sumptuous breakfast, local African dishes, and freshly baked cakes.

    Back to Nature  -  A very 'Out of Africa' experience with rustic tents and superb safari experiences
    Sights nearby  -  Trips to the Endangered Species Centre, where they rehabilitate injured animals and release them back into the wild
    Great walks  -  Guided safari walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Khya Ndlovu Manor House Hoedspruit,, Limpopo 8 rooms from $423

    Filled to the rafters with antiques and local curios, all of the rooms are very cosy with sink-into-sofas, antique books, and quirky artwork. Bask in the panoramic views from the infinity pool and decking area. An excellent breakfast is served each morning; lunch and dinner à la carte.

    Back to Nature  -  An authentic "lodge" experience in the heart of the African bush
    Great walks  -  Guided safari walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Full of character
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  • Sausage Tree Safari Lodge Hoedspruit 5 rooms from $543

    With views of the Balule Conservancy with dramatic hilltops, valleys and open plains this intimate safari lodge boasts admirable eco principles and conservation efforts. Each of the five luxury tents is a comfortable stay with mountain views and en suites. Dine under the stars; relax by the pool.

    Back to Nature  -  A luxury camping experience amidst nature
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 8 are welcome
    Great walks  -  Guided walking tours and bushwalks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • aha Makalali Lodge Hoedspruit,, Limpopo 24 rooms from $577

    Well priced, family friendly lodge offering comfortable accommodation with your choice of local and continental cuisine. Sprawling suites, boasting family rooms, include private terraces and airy bathrooms. Excellent wildlife viewing. Candle-lit dining and drinks by the bonfire are magical.

    Families  -  A great value, family friendly stay
    Great walks  -  Excellent guided walking trails
    Kayaking  -  On the Makhutswi River
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • The Outpost Limpopo 13 rooms from $577

    Sleek, contemporary stay in the heart of The Kruger Park. A very stylish stay with excellent wildlife spottings. There's a spa, candlelit dining, and indoor-outdoor living from your sumptuous suite. It's a very sophisticated stay. Children above the age of 10 are welcome.

    Back to Nature  -  A stylish, modern stay in the heart of the Kruger Park
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the surrounding villages and local culture
    Birdwatching  -  Excellent birding oppurtunities - bring your binoculaurs
    Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding flora and fauna on foot
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  • Kapama River Lodge Hoedspruit,, Limpopo 40 rooms from $641

    Very luxurious accommodation, boasting the option of private charters from Cape Town - you don't get much more jet set than that! Rooms include private balconies with lavish bathrooms and epic views. Relax by the pool as elephants come up for a midday drink. The outdoor spa is bliss. Superb.

    Romantic Break  -  Indulgent spa treatment, al fresco dining, it's a superb couples stay
    Great walks  -  Guided bush walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Shambala Private Game Reserve Vaalwater,, Limpopo 8 rooms from $794

    Within driving distance from Johannesburg, this luxury lodge provides an eco-stay amidst South Africa's bushveld. Each chalet is decorated in an Afro-French style, with indoor-outdoor living, and opulent bathrooms. You even have your own butler! Spa treatments plus fine dining - it's a winning stay.

    Spa breaks  -  Offering excellent wellness packages this is a great stay for spa lovers
    Safari  -  Morning and evening safari drives
    Great walks  -  Excellent guided safari walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor
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  • Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa Limpopo 6 rooms from $797

    Luxurious hotel providing excellent wellness packages and family facilities. Billowing four-poster beds gaze out across the wilderness, some rooms include private pools. Gourmet dining makes for a very romantic stay. From kids' clubs to juice cleanses, there's something to keep everyone happy.

    Spa breaks  -  With special detox and retreat packages this is a great stay for wellness lovers
    Great walks  -  Great guided bush walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
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  • Kapama Southern Camp Hoedspruit (R40 Klaserie River) 22 rooms from $840

    Excellent family accommodation boasting private pools and your choice of activities. Flexible accommodation and dining mean it's perfect for children, whilst adults will love the spoiling spa treatments. Modern suites include stylish accommodation with private sit outs and some have private pools.

    Families  -  Family suites and lots of outdoor activities
    Great walks  -  Guided bush and tracking walks
    Kayaking  -  Along Hongonyi Lake
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Camp Ndlovu Limpopo,, Limpopo 3 rooms from $880

    This adults-only hotel provides the ultimate romantic stay. Private terraces look out across the bushveld (the best include their own private pool). Daily guided safari drives allow you to soak up the local wildlife. Superb dining, opulent suites, and pampering spa treatments - a spoiling stay.

    Romantic Break  -  Adults only, outdoor bathtubs, and candle lit dining - a very romantic stay
    Great walks  -  Guided safari walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
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  • Pondoro Game Lodge Hoedspruit,, Limpopo 8 rooms from $897

    An elegant safari lodge with superb spa facilities and excellent dining. Each of the rooms includes tea and coffee making facilities, lavish bathrooms, and a private sit out - the best with their own pool. Fine dining makes for an indulgent stay.

    Back to Nature  -  Excellent wildlife spotting - one for lover's of the great outdoors
    Birdwatching  -  Excellent birding with hundreds of species to be spotted
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and private pool
    Sailing  -  Daily safari drives
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  • Ezulwini Game Lodges Hoedspruit 15 rooms from $901

    The Zulu word for 'paradise' this collection of lodges is its own little paradise nestled in the Balule Private Nature Reserve. Romantic suites, with capacious four-poster and private terraces, the best opening out onto their own pools. There's a spa, al fresco dining, and expertly led safaris.

    Back to Nature  -  A luxurious stay amidst nature, with every creature comfort taken care of
    Birdwatching  -  Superb bird spotting in the area
    Fishing  -  Equipment is available
    Great walks  -  Guided safari walks
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  • Kapama Buffalo Camp Hoedspruit 10 rooms from $999

    Camping for grown-ups! This luxurious lodge providing ten luxury tents in a secluded setting. Open plan bedroom and bathrooms look out onto your own private terrace and the wilderness beyond. Superb dining and hearty breakfasts are excellent. Superb spa treatments. Divine.

    Back to Nature  -  Luxurious tented accommodation provides a lavish 'Out of Africa' experience
    Great walks  -  Guided bush walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
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  • Marataba Safari Lodge Thabazimbi,, Limpopo 15 rooms from $1202

    Opulent safari lodge ideal for families, yet still totally luxurious. With plenty of activities to keep everyone happy, stylish suites, indulgent spa treatments, as well as gourmet food. Relax by the pool or with a massage treatment, or sit out on your private terrace and watch the animals pass by.

    Families  -  Excellent facilities for all ages
    Great walks  -  Guided walks for adults and children
    Birdwatching  -  Hundreds of species to be spotted
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Kapama Karula Camp Hoedspruit 12 rooms from $2424

    Modern safari lodge providing separate suites nestled in the heart of the African bush. Boasting private pools and indoor-outdoor living, it's a truly wild stay. Enormous suites spill over into luxurious bathrooms. An impressive wellness menu, fine dining, and excellent game drives. Wonderful.

    Romantic Break  -  Sprawling suites and an indulgent spa: very romantic
    Great walks  -  Guided safari walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Private pools
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Jabulani Safari Hoedspruit 7 rooms from $2474

    Sumptuous five-star suites boasting private pools, opulent four-poster beds and baths that are meant for lingering - with views out across the savannah. Gourmet dishes are on the menu, from a hearty breakfast spread to candlelit dinners. Immersive spa and plenty of activities. Sublime.

    Romantic Break  -  A very indulgent, utterly romantic stay with superb dining and spa treatments
    Great walks  -  Safari walks led by expert guides
    Birdwatching  -  Excellent birding spotting
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and private pools
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  • Royal Malewane Hoedspruit 6 rooms from $3459

    Winner of countless awards, Royal Malewane is one of, if not the most luxurious stay in South Africa. With a hefty price tag it's one to truly spoil yourself, though once you're there, it's all included. Colourful rooms are designed by the owner herself, Liz Biden. Gourmet dining. A sublime stay.

    Honeymoons  -  This is one to truly treat yourself, a more luxurious safari stay is difficult to find
    Great walks  -  Guided bush walks
    Swimming Pool  -  Private pools
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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