21 days in Limpopo Province Itinerary

21 days in Limpopo Province Itinerary

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21 days in Limpopo Province Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Bela Bela
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Vaalwater
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Polokwane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tzaneen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Bela Bela

Bela Bela ©
Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bela Bela: Modimolle (Nylstroom) (Bergenbos Kontreiwinkel & Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate) and Mystic Monkeys and Feathers ZOO (in Rust de Winter). There's lots more to do: stroll through Adventures with Elephants, get a taste of life in the country at Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm, pick up some local products at L'abri Farm Shop and Brewery, and play a few rounds at Zebula Golf Course.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bela Bela travel planner.

Cape Town to Bela Bela is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in August: highs in Bela Bela hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Vaalwater.

Things to do in Bela Bela

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Modimolle (Nylstroom), Mystic Monkeys and Feathers ZOO
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Adventures with Elephants ©
Adventures with Elephants
Feracare Wildlife Centre ©
Feracare Wildlife Centre
Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate ©
Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate

4
nights
Vaalwater

Vaalwater ©
Vaalwater is a small town situated on the Mokolo River in the Limpopo province of South Africa.GeographyLocationThe town, unlike other towns in the Limpopo province, is not located on a national road, of which the nearest one is at Nylstroom/Modimolle. Take a break from Vaalwater with a short trip to Marakele Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Marakele National Park. There's more to do: stroll through Welgevonden Nature Reserve and look for gifts at The Black Mamba.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaalwater trip planner .

Drive from Bela Bela to Vaalwater in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Polokwane.

Things to do in Vaalwater

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Marakele National Park, Marakele Animal Sanctuary, Jugomaro Predator Park
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Welgevonden Nature Reserve ©
Welgevonden Nature Reserve
Jugomaro Predator Park ©
Jugomaro Predator Park
Marakele National Park ©
Marakele National Park

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nights
Polokwane

Polokwane ©
Polokwane, meaning "Place of Safety" in Northern Sotho, is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and the capital of the Limpopo province, South Africa. Polokwane is known for casinos, wildlife, parks, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at Mall of the North, stroll through Polokwane Game Reserve, enjoy some friendly competition at Let's Go Bowling - The Farmyard, and head outdoors with Polokwane.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Polokwane tour site .

Traveling by car from Vaalwater to Polokwane takes 2.5 hours. August in Polokwane sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tzaneen.

Things to do in Polokwane

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Thathe Sacret Forest
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Mall of the North ©
Mall of the North
Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum ©
Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum
Polokwane ©
Polokwane

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nights
Tzaneen

Tzaneen ©
Tzaneen is a large tropical garden town situated in the Mopani District Municipality of the Limpopo province in South Africa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tzaneen: Haenertsburg (Haenertsburg Cemetery, Zwakala Brewery, & more) and Modjadji Nature Reserve (in Duiwelskloof). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Debengeni Waterfall, trek along Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail, explore the different attractions at Vervet Monkey Foundation, and don't miss a visit to Sunland Baobab.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tzaneen online vacation maker .

You can drive from Polokwane to Tzaneen in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Polokwane in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tzaneen, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Tzaneen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Haenertsburg, Modjadji Nature Reserve, Sunland Baobab
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Sequoia Gardens ©
Sequoia Gardens
Vervet Monkey Foundation ©
Vervet Monkey Foundation
Zwakala Brewery ©
Zwakala Brewery

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nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Safaris, Amarula Lapa, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Tzaneen to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge