is South Africa's northernmost province, lying within the
great curve of the Limpopo River. It is a region of contrasts,
true Bushveld country to majestic mountains, primeval indigenous
forests, unspoilt wilderness and patchworks of farmland.
The province borders the countries of Botswana to the west,
Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east.
In the eastern region lies the northern half of the magnificent
Kruger National Park, a nature reserve teeming with African
in a total area of about 20,000 square km.
Limpopo is the gateway to the rest of Africa, with its shared
borders making it favourably situated for economic cooperation
parts of southern Africa.
The principal home language is Sesotho, spoken by roughly half
the population, followed by Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Limpopo is
in the savanna biome, an area of mixed grassland and trees
generally known as bushveld.
A summer-rainfall region, the northern and eastern areas are
subtropical with hot and humid summers and mist in the
mountains. Winter is mild and mostly frost-free.
An African Sunset
Giraffes at Kruger
The Kruger National Park is one of the oldest and largest
wildlife preserves in the world, first proposed as necessary to
protect the animals of the Lowveld by the then President of the
Transvaal Boer republic, Paul Kruger, in 1898. It was officially
declared a park under the National Parks Act in 1926, with the
first motorists entering the reserve in 1927 for a fee of £1.
The Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336
trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147
mammals. There are almost 254 known cultural heritage sites in
the park, including nearly 130 recorded rock art sites.