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The Limpopo Province is fast becoming South Africa's favourite eco-tourist destination. It takes its name from the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border and is rich in spectacular scenery, wildlife and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. It boasts three national parks, three heritage sites and borders with 3 countries, namely Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. Recently, two transfrontieer parks have been established with our neighboring countries. The province is home to the big five and over 600 bird species.
The province is largely made up of English, Afrikaans, Venda, Northern Sotho and Tsonga people and is home to the Rain Queen, Modjadji.
Limpopo is South Africa's northernmost province and has the Tropic of Capricorn running through it. It has three prominent mountain ranges, namely, Waterberg, Soutpansberg and Drakensberg. The Soutpansberg Mountain Range is rich in bio-diversity.
The Limpopo Province is divided into 4 tourism regions, each with their own history and character.
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This park is the largest of all of South Africa's game parks with around 19,000 square kilometers to explore. The park is located in the northeast of the country in both the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, at the borders with Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Recently the park has become part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace-park consisting of Kruger National Park, Gonarezhou National Park (Zimbabwe) and Limpopo National Park (Mozambique). It is the most visited of all national parks in South Africa and can become very busy during the South African holiday periods. Also, some of the roads are tarred, which makes this park one of the best to visit when you just have a small 2wd vehicle. More about Kruger NP or visit the official Kruger Park website.
The big upcoming event on the South African horizon is of course the FIFA World Cup beginning on the 11th of June 2010. One of the most prestigious and popular world sporting events, the World Cup 2010 promises to bring throngs of passionate supporters from around the globe. Held once every four years, it's a football tournament (known as soccer in South Africa) where 32 world nations vie for the famous golden trophy.
Polokwane will be hosting some of the World Cup matches at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, which has a capacity of 46,000.
Shosholoza Meyl has the following train:
If you would like to travel around by car, there are numerous car rental companies available from the airports and downtown locations. Just make sure that you have sufficient insurance to cover you if the need arises. Some of them offer the possibility to reduce excess (the amount you pay when involved in an accident) for a daily fee. Car hire companies include Avis, Imperial, CABS, First Car Rental as well as many other international and local ones. Usually, the local ones are cheaper but don't have the same standard as the international ones, which have more branches throughout the country and therefore are able to help you more quickly if needed.
If travelling by car, be sure to plan your routes carefully to insure that there are sufficient places to fill the tank with petrol as some towns are located quite a distance apart with no filling stations in between. It's a good idea to fill up with fuel when you have about half a tank left if possible.
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