Traversing Limpopo from Bosveld to Lowveld via vibrant Elim, the Tsonga open air museum in Letsitele and Kaross’ brilliant embroidered works. A photographer’s dream, the whole route.
The scenic route from Madi a Thavha to Phalaborwa gate.
From Madi a Thavha, first ensure your camera-battery is loaded and ready. You drive to vibrant Elim first. There you can park your car at one of the parking places of the shopping centres and walk around to get the feel of the local vibe and buzz of the open air market.
Continue your journey and follow the road to Giyani, the R 578. After about 80 kilometers you arrive at a T-junction, turn left and after about 500 meters turn to the right in the direction of Tzaneen, on the R 529.
Muti wa Vhatsonga open air museum in Letsitele
After 50 kilometers, turn left where the road sign says: Eiland Spa. Cross the bridge and turn left at the junction. After 10 kilometers, the road enters the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve. Inside Hans Merensky Nature Reserve is Muti wa Vatsonga Open Air Museum, a replica of a old traditional Tsonga homestead with an interesting exhibition centre. Guided tours are available and entrance is free.
Kaross, Africa’s most famous embroidery brand
Driving out of the Nature Reserve, turn back to the R 529, the road towards Tzaneen, for 25 kilometers. A road sign indicates the entrance to the Kaross studio and café at the left side of the road. This is the production centre of South Africa’s most famous embroidery brand, Kaross™. The staff there show visitors around in the studio and shop. There is also a nice restaurant, serving various delicious and light homemade meals and juices. Kaross™ provides jobs to more than 6000 rural people living in the villages surrounding this Citrus farm.
After visiting Kaross, drive towards the R 71 and turn left towards Phalaborwa. When you arrive in the small town of Gravelotte turn left. Continue for 70 kilometers towards Phalaborwa where the Kruger Park gate is.