Mozambique is a country filled with hidden gems and natural wonder. One of these gems is called Limpopo National Park – a place consisting of mountains, rivers, a dam, grassland and woodland savannah. Follow us along on a journey through this African wilderness area of over one million hectares…
The birth of a cross-border conservation area
As with many of the other national parks within the borders of Mozambique, Limpopo National Park also got caught in the crossfire of the civil war. Wildlife got poached for food or profit and the natural habitat of these animals suffered immensely.
When the war ended a deal was struck with the government of neighbouring South Africa to tear down the fence separating Limpopo National Park with Kruger National Park. Later, Zimbabwe was also included in this agreement to form a larger conservation area spanning the boundaries of these three neighbouring countries. The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park was formed and is dedicated to the conservation of an area roughly the size of The Netherlands!
Inside the park
Some of the natural attractions you can expect to see inside Limpopo National park include the Lebombo Mountains, the Limpopo, Olifants and Shingwedzi rivers, the Massingir Dam and the Olifants River Gorge. Large areas of grassland and woodland trees complete this epic scenery. Geographic variation in rainfall within the park also ensures biodiversity in Limpopo National Park.
Although the animal density in Limpopo is not as high as within some areas of the Kruger, Limpopo’s mammal list is extensive. In addition to the big five, endangered species such as the African Wild Dog and many species of antelope and smaller cats roam the park. The Greater Kruger area which encompasses Limpopo National Park boasts hundreds of bird species.
Immerse yourself in African wilderness
In addition to traditional game viewing from a vehicle, Limpopo National Park is also well suited for walking and canoeing safaris. A walking safari will put you in direct contact with the African bush. The Lebombo Hiking Trail will take you on a three-night, four-day adventure through Limpopo National Park’s pristine wilderness.
If you think you need something even more thrilling than walking through the African bush, we would recommend the Rio Elefantes Canoeing Trail. This is a three night trail along the Olifants River, including camping on the banks. On this downstream journey you will most likely see crocodiles, hippos and lots of water birds.
If you’re into game fishing, bird watching or enjoying the most beautiful sunsets, visiting Massingir Dam will be an excellent choice. Tiger fishing is particularly rewarding on this dam and the Pel’s Fishing Owl has been spotted in the Olifants River Gorge. You can even stay at the Covane Fishing & Safari Lodge and leave your boat at home!
If you are based in Maputo, the most comfortable way to experience Limpopo National Park is to book a package tour with Dana Tours including transportation in a 4×4 vehicle from Maputo directly to your wilderness destination.
If you’re visiting Limpopo National Park from Kruger National park you’ll have to start at the Phalaborwa Gate and go via the Giriyondo international border post. From there, head to Letaba Rest Camp. This is the last place to get fuel until you either re-enter Kruger or drive into Mozambique. From Letaba, drive towards the Mopani Rest Camp and turn off onto the gravel road leading to the Giriyondo border post.
Contact Dana Tours today to book your African wilderness experience in Limpopo National Park.