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National Parks and Game Reserves of Limpopo Province

Andover Nature Reserve - Mopane Region

The reserve is 7 km (4 miles) from Kruger National Park’s Orpen gate close to Manyeleti Nature Reserve.
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Atherstone Nature Reserve – Waterberg Region

Atherstone is located about 160km (99 miles) from Thabazimbi bordering with the North West province.
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Balule Nature Reserve – Capricorn Region

Balule shares its unfenced borders with Kruger National Park. It is made up of a number of farms. The landowners decided to break down the fences between their neighboring farms to create the conservancy. It continues to grow as more landowners drop their fences.
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Blouberg Nature Reserve – Capricorn Region

Blouberg Nature Reserve is located near Polokwane on Route 521.
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D’Nyala Nature Reserve – Waterberg Region

The reserve is located 15km (9 miles) south east of Lephalale.
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Doomdraai Nature Reserve – Waterberg Region

Doomdraai Nature Reserve is located about 20km (12 miles) off Route 101 between Mokopane and Mookgophong.
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Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – Vhembe Region and Mopani Region

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is an enormous park acting as a collaborative conservation effort between Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. It combines the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, Kruger National Park in South Africa, Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe - and two areas between Kruger National Park  and Gonarezhou National Park, the Sengwe communal land in Zimbabwe and the Makuleke region in South Africa.

Elephant - Great Limpopo TFP

Elephant - Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

The current size of the joined parks is 35,000km2 but the goal is to grow the park to a staggering 100,000km2 (38,000 square miles).

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Hans Merensky Wilderness – Mopani Region

The wilderness region is found approximately 50km (31 miles) from Tzaneen.
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Kruger National Park – Vhembe, Mopani and Sekhukhuni Region

It is possible to enter Kruger NP from eastern Limpopo Province through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates. As much as 70% of the Park is located in the Limpopo province.
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Read more: Kruger National Park Map and the Kruger Park Guide

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LekGalameetse Provincial Park – Mopani Region

LekGalameetse is located between the towns of Tzaneen and Hoedspruit on Route 36.
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LekGalameetse Reserve – Mopani Region

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Letaba Ranch Provincial Park – Mopani Region

This Park is found just north of Phalaborwa.
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Mabalingwe Game Reserve – Waterberg Region

The reserve is located 28km (17 miles) outside Bela Bela on Route 516
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Makalali Private Game Reserve – Mopani Region

Makalali game reserve is located just west of Kruger National park about 9 km (6 miles) from Tzaneen on Route 36.
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Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve – Vhembe Region

Visitors can find the reserve 12km (7 miles) south of Makhado (previously known as Louis Trichardt) and 90km (56 miles) north of the town of Polokwana (Pietersburg). Game found in the reserve is mainly giraffe and antelope with some jackals and a variety of birds.
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Mano'mbe Provincial Park – Mopani Region

This little park is found just 6km (under 4 miles) from the town of Giyani.
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Manyeleti Game Reserve – Mopane Region

Manyeleti private reserve is located between Timbavati Private Reserve, Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
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Mapungubwe National Park – Vhembe Region

Mapungubwe World Heritage site (declared in 2003) is found 60km (37 miles) west of Musina and 230km (142 miles) north west of Polokwane. Since it is such a diverse ecological area and one of archaeological importance, it has been proposed that Mapungubwe National Park may become part of the Limpopo/Shashe Transfrontier Conservation which will include the Tuli Circle in Zimbabwe and the Mashatu Reserve in Botswana.
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Marakele National Park – Waterberg Region

The park is found very near the town of Thabazimbi.
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Masebe Nature Reserve – Waterberg Region

Masebe Reserve is located just off highway N11, 90km (56 miles) from Mokopane travelling towards Botswana and then another 20km (12 miles) after the turnoff towards Segole
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Makuya Nature Reserve – Vhembe Region

Makuya shares a fenceless border with Kruger National Park near the northern Pafuri Gate. It has been formed on a mountain top overlooking the Levuvhu River and a baobab forest. This is a 4x4 traversable reserve only
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Modjadji Nature Reserve – Mopani Region

Modjadji reserve is located on Route 36 about 20km (12 miles) from the town of Modjadjikloof. The reserve is named after the succession of rain-making queens who have lived in the area since the 16th century. The most recent Queen Modjadji died in June of 2001. The reserve is home to the highest density of single species cycads in the world. Locally the cycads are called Modjadji Palms.

Modjadji Cycad Forest

Modjadji Cycad Forest

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Musina Nature Reserve – Vhembe Region

This is where visitors must go to see one of South Africa’s highest density of baobab trees. In fact the reserve was once called the Messina Baobab Forest Reserve.

Lowveld Baobabs

Learn more about Baobabs - the Tree of Life (Acknowledgements: Plantzafrica.com)

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Nwanedi Provincial Park – Vhembe Region

Nwanedi park sits at the foot of the Venda mountains on Route 525 near Thipise towards the Kruger NP Pafuri Gate.
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Nylsvley Ramsar Site – Waterberg Region

Nylsvlei was recognized as Ramsar site in 1997 and forms part of the Nyl River Flood plain that reaches from Modimolle to Mokopane and located near the N1 highway. It is part of South Africa’s largest flood plain and offers a home to a rare pair of breeding Roan Antelope.

It is an excellent birding destination with 365 species recorded to date which include more than 104 (and counting) water bird species. In years when the rainfall is high, up to 80 thousand migrating water birds swoop down on the plain.

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Percy Fyfe Conservancy – Capricorn Region

This is a very small reserve between Mokopane and Polokwane on Route 101 and serves as a breeding reserve for roan antelope and disease free buffalo.
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Rust de Winter Reserve – Waterberg Region

The reserve is located very near the N1 highway an hour north of Johannesburg and lies within the area that is planned to be the Dinokeng Big Five Game Reserve.
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Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve – Capricorn Region

Schuinsdraai is located just north of Marble Hall.
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Selati Game Reserve – Mopani Region

The reserve lies just north of Eastgate airport in Hoedspruit, West of the Phalaborwa into Kruger National Park between the towns of Gravelotte and Mica.
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Timbavati Nature Reserve – Mopani Region

Timbavati shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park on its eastern border. Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves lie in the north and Thornybush Private Nature Reserve lies on its west. This is where visitors will find the amazing white lions.
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(De Beers) Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve – Vhembe Region

Venetia Limpopo nature reserve can be found 80km (50 miles) from Musina and is part of the Mapungubwe National Park which is in turn part of the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area.
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Welgevonden Private Game Reserve – Waterberg Region

Welgevonden can be found on Route 510, 24km (15 miles) from Vaalwater.
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Wonderkop – Waterberg Region

Wonderkop reserve is located 115km  (71 miles) from Mokopane, Limpopo Province.
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