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Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa. The capital is Polokwane, formerly named Pietersburg. The province was formed from the northern region of Transvaal Province in 1994, and initially named Northern Transvaal.

The following year, it was renamed Northern Province, which remained the name until 11 July 2003, when the name of the province was formally changed to the name of its most important river on the border with Zimbabwe and Botswana after deliberation by the provincial government and amendment of the Constitution. Another notable consideration for the name was Mapungubwe, the area where the most ancient gold-using civilisation of the province was discovered a few years earlier.

 
   
                                                              

Limpopo Province shares international borders with districts and provinces of three countries: Botswana's Central and Kgatleng districts to the west and north-west respectively, Zimbabwe's Matabeleland South and Masvingo provinces to the north and northeast respectively, and Mozambique's Gaza Province to the east. The province is the link between South Africa and countries further afield in sub Saharan Africa. On its southern flank from east to west, the province shares borders with Mpumalanga, Gauteng, and North West. Its border with Gauteng includes that province's Johannesburg-Pretoria axis, the most industrialised metropole on the continent.



The province is at the centre of regional, national, and international developing markets.The province contains much of the Waterberg Biosphere, a UNESCO-designated Biosphere

 

Reserve. The Waterberg Biosphere, a massif of approximately 15,000 km (5,800 sq mi), is the first region in the northern part of South Africa to be named as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The massif was shaped by hundreds of millions of years of riverine erosion to yield diverse bluff and butte landforms. The Waterberg ecosystem can be characterised as a dry deciduous forest or Bushveld. Within the Waterberg, archaeological finds date to the Stone Age. Nearby are early evolutionary finds related to the origin of humans.


  

The bushveld is cattle country, where extensive ranching operations are often supplemented by controlled hunting. About 80% of South Africa's hunting industry is found in Limpopo.Sunflowers, cotton, maize and peanuts are cultivated in the Bela-Bela and Modimolle areas. Modimolle is also known for its table-grape crops.


  



Tropical fruit–such as bananas, litchis, pineapples, mangoes and pawpaws–as well as a variety of nuts, are grown in the Tzaneen and Makhado areas. Tzaneen is also at the centre of extensive tea and coffee plantations.

Limpopo Province is divided into five municipal districts, subdivided in 24 local municipalities:

  • Capricorn District
    • Aganang
    • Blouberg
    • Lepele-Nkumpi
    • Molemole
    • Polokwane
  • Mopani District
    • Ba-Phalaborwa
    • Greater Giyani
    • Greater Letaba
    • Greater Tzaneen
    • Maruleng
  • Sekhukhune District
    • Elias Motsoaledi
    • Fetakgomo
    • Ephraim Mogale
    • Greater Tubatse
    • Makhuduthamaga
  • Vhembe District
    • Makhado
    • Musina
    • Mutale
    • Thulamela
  • Waterberg District
    • Bela-Bela
    • Lephalale
    • Modimolle
    • Mogalakwena
    • Mookgopong
    • Thabazimbi

Wide streets, jacaranda and coral trees, colourful parks and sparkling fountains characterise the principal town and capital of Limpopo, Polokwane. In addition to Polokwanes status as a major commercial and agricultural centre, Polokwane is the cultural hub of the region, featuring impressive art exhibitions and historical buildings.


  

The Polokwane countryside is the setting for some of the most prosperous cattle ranches in South Africa. Strategically placed on the Great North Road, and halfway between Pretoria and the Zimbabwean border, this attractive city is an ideal base from which to explore. Polokwane is a popular port of call for visitors en route to the Tzaneen area and the northern part of the Kruger Park. The options for holiday pleasure and accommodation in Polokwane and its surroundings are virtually endless.


  


Named after the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border, the Limpopo province is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures, the Stone Age and Iron age relics of Makapansgat Valley and the treasures of Mapungubwe that date back to time immemorial. Straddling the northern Kruger National Park, the Limpopo province boasts wildlife safaris, nature trails, untamed Africa at its finest. This is the land of wide-open bushveld, big-sky country, the ever-present thorn tree and the mystical baobab tree.








In the province of Limpopo in beautiful South Africa is a small town known as Tzaneen. Tzaneen loosely translated means “gathering place”. Tzaneen is about 420 km away from Johannesburg which is the provincial capital of the province of Gauteng and the largest city in South Africa. In Tzaneen, you will find fertile land ideal for agri-business, parks, and game reserves.

What’s The Weather Like in Tzaneen?

The population of Tzaneen is approximately 80 000 although if you consider the surrounding areas under 30 kilometers, you will get a population of over 650 000 residents. The climate ranges between tropical and sub-tropical which would explain the various kinds of fauna and tropical fruit produce that can be planted in Tzaneen. Summer is from September to March and the days are hot with high rainfall while the winters are pleasantly cool because of the subtropical conditions and dense forests.


  


Tzaneen is the capital of the Letaba District east of Polokwane. It comprises the valley of the Letaba river and the Magoebaskloof mountains. The climate of the Letaba District is subtropical, the soil particularly fertile and the rainfalls are high. The region is intensively used for the production of subtropical fruit. Especially mangos, litchis, avocados, kiwis, tomatoes, bananas, citrus, cherries, pecan and macadamia nuts as well as papayas today come from South Africa's "fruit wintergarden" in the Limpopo Province. And here is the only tea-growing area in South Africa.

Tzaneen lies 724 metres above NN and is the biggest town in the Letaba District. The attractive garden town amidst subtropical vegetation offers any service and is the ideal starting point for an exploration of the area.


  

A drive through the dense green rainforests of the Magoebaskloof mountain range with its crystal clear mountain streams and roaring waterfalls is very worthwhile. Quite popular are the Debengeni Falls, where one can have a wonderful bath and a picnic or go for a hike. In the Magoebaskloof Mountains lies the picturesque golddigger town of Haenertsburg. It was founded in 1887 in the times of the goldrush.


  


Pretty is also the little village of Duiwelskloof, seventeen kilometres north of Tzaneen. It is close to the Modjadji Cycad Forest, a nature reserve where South Africa's largest stock of Modjadji cycads (palmfern trees, Encephalartos transvenosus) is being protected. These up to 8 metre high trees can be seen as living fossils from the times of the mesozoicum about 50 to 60 million years ago.

Tzaneen and the Letaba District are only an hour's drive away from the Kruger Park's Phalaborwa Gate. From here one can easily reach the northern parts of the National Park where there is far less traffic than in the southern parts.








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