LIVING LIMPOPO – THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
3 to 6 days @ R1800.00 per person per night
FIRST DESTINATION (1 or 2 days) KURISA MOYA NATURE LODGE - birding with South Africa’s top local Bird Guide & real-life village tour Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge has 422 hectares of diverse habitats. Two mountains loom 1900 metres over the farm over a beautiful indigenous forest nestled in the valle, which is home to a large variety of beautiful birds, animals and flora. Grasslands give way to African bushveld, where two dams are fed by clean mountain streams. This Eco-lodge offers accommodation in three unique venues - each private and tranquil. You could book a Forest Lodge cabin, 3 metres up in the canopy of the indigenous forest, surrounded by magnificent trees, animals and birds.Or soak up the views at the earthy Thora Boloka Cottage, on the mountain's edge overlooking Kudu's River Valley. While the comfortable Farmhouse is perfect for larger groups. Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge boasts over 250 species of birds in 5 different habitats. When you take a guided bird walk with South Africa’s top Local Bird Guide, you have the unique opportunity to find the special birds of the area in the canopy of ancient trees. Kurisa Moya also offers visitors a unique experience - a Sotho Village Tour or Home-stay where you are welcomed into the home of families living in the nearby Ga-Malahlela Village. As you settle into the rhythm of village life, the cow-bells and the rhythmic pumping of water or the chopping of firewood blend with the exuberant voices of kids playing soccer or of women discussing the day’s events. The wafting smell of cooking fires promises delicious treats to come. You can visit a traditional healer, spaza shop or tavern and help ‘your’ family with collecting water, harvesting pumpkins or milking the cows. After you have enjoyed your traditional Sotho meal, you can sit around the campfire and hear the Sotho myths and legends, still relevant to the modern villagers.This fascinating look into real South African village life is an opportunity few tourists get to have. It will enrich you and leave you with the knowledge that you have truly experienced Africa. Driving time from Kurisa Moya to Makgabeng Lodge – 2 hours
SECOND DESTINATION (1 or 2 days) MAKGABENG FARM LODGE – Makgabeng Art route tour with local guide Jonas Tlouamma, expert on Makgabeng Rock art. Deep in the heart of the province, nestled between the ochre cliffs of the majestic Makgabeng plateau and her equally impressive neighbor, the Blouberg , lies Makgabeng Farm Lodge. The lodge boasts ten thatched Hananwa-styled Chalets that are unique, comfortable and very spacious; four Farmhouse suites and a Honeymoon suite. The lodge was named after the Makgabeng which is best known for what she keeps hidden in her caves, nooks and crannies: the rare opportunity to see a large concentration of San, Khoikhoi and Hananwa rock art. The plateau and its surroundings flaunts an interesting history that is better experienced first-hand. This area, a very rural part of the country is the ‘real deal’, an experience void of pretense. The landscape is stark but beautiful; the people friendly and welcoming. Come and join in the experience of a living heritage, a culture still living and breathing their beliefs and traditions. Feel the magic of discovering ancient rock paintings and the fascinating tale behind it. Discover the science behind traditional Hananwa pot-making and share in a unique and vibrant culture. Come and let the Magic of the Makgabeng move you and lead you to her secrets. Driving time from Makgabeng Lodge to Leshiba Wilderness – 1 hour 30 minutes
THIRD DESTINATION (1 or 2 days) LESHIBA WILDERNESS - walking with wildlife, venda village, indigenous knowledge centre The Venda Village is one of the most unique lodges in Africa and is a bucket-list destination. Leshiba Wilderness Game Farm, home to the Venda Village, is perched at the summit of the Soutpansberg plateau in amongst dramatic cliffs and beautiful vistas. Created by renowned Venda artist, Noria Mabasa, on the original site, the Venda Village is like a living work of art. A village day has been stilled in clay, with a chief sitting solemnly in the shade of a tree and maidens leaning over the wall to greet visitors to the kraal. Drummers are poised in an ancient rhythm of African time where a sculpted man holds a soap dish in an outdoor shower overlooking plains stretching out towards the slowly setting sun. Giraffe delicately munch the treetops below you and beyond that is the game-filled mountain wilderness where you can walk up to wildlife and admire rock art from the earliest times. Walks on Leshiba provide a wealth of information on medicinal plants.