The Soutpansberg mountains stretches 130 kilometres from West to East through the Limpopo region. The salt pans situated at the foot of its northwestern slopes are still being mined. The area incorporates natural forests, indigenous bush characterised by the remarkable shape of the Baobab tree, wonderful wildlife, a profusion of birds and exiting adventure opportunities.
The region boasts one of the most varied natural, geological, archaeological and cultural systems in the world and has a fascinating history, offering visitors a ‘Salt of the Earth’ experience, the best of culture, history and nature.
The Soutpansberg is the gateway to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique and attractions such as Mapungubwe National Park, the Kruger National park, Victoria Falls and the game reserves in the Tuli Block area.
Madi a Thavha can support you to plan your Limpopo Tour.
The Soutpansberg is the place of the highly skilled and artistic Venda, Tsonga and Nrthern Sotho people. Their rich cultural legacy, mythical background, spiritual beliefs, legends and rituals are firmly rooted in their culture and traditions. Stories, visions and dreams are manifested in the work of many artists working in a variety of mediums such as wood and clay.
The artists and crafters are renowned for their woodcarving, pottery and textiles and their workplaces in the rural villages can be visited. Here it is possible to meet with traditional dancers, singers, musicians, story tellers and healers. They aim at developing their businesses and to create and produce the best quality products.
Many of the work of these artists are part of well established art collections in museums and galleries within South Africa or abroad.
The Soutpansberg has a fascinating history dating back many centuries. The World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe unlocks the secrets of an iron-age civilization.
The rich history of the vhaVenda can be explored at the Dzata museum and at sacred sites like Lake Fundudzi and the Thate Vondo Forest.
Thulamela, situated close to the Pafuri gate of the Kruger National park is an archaeological site of stone ruins of the royal citadel, where gold was melted, which originated from the Great Zimbabwe culture.
Many rock art sites can be found in the Western part of the Soutpansberg mountains. The art is of great value for the insight it gives into the San people’s culture and the types of animals occurring in the area in earlier times.
It is also possible to take a trip back in time to the heroes and villains of the Anglo Boer War on the Soutpansberg Skirmishes Route.
The landscape features endless bushveld plains, unexpected mountain ranges, valleys, waterfalls and gorges. Pockets of unspoilt nature and reserves endow this extaordinary bio-diverse corner of the earth still a large number of wildlife, indigenous forests and botanical diversity. More then 500 tree species including the baobab and ancient cycads can be found. The Soutpansberg is a birding hotspot with many well developed birding routes.
After the recognition of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, this area is now Limpopo’s second established UNESCO acclaimed Biosphere: the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Many natural wonders such as the Mashovhela pool and waterfalls, baobabs trees (Musina Nature Reserve, Sangole Big Tree), Phiphidi water falls, the sacred Lake Fundudzi and Thathe Vondo Holy Forest can be visited.
Also the Bergpan Saltpans and Tshivasa and Mukumbani Tea plantations and the Levubu tropical valley are worthwhile to include in your trips.