In the most northern section of South Africa you will find the Limpopo Province, which derives its name from the Limpopo River. The name Limpopo means “Strong Gushing Winds” in Sotho and has Polokwane as its capital. The Limpopo River forms the western and northern borders of the province. Other areas that border on the Province are Botswana to the west, Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east. Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West are the other South African Provinces that share its borders.
Limpopo was originally called The Northern Transvaal and in 1995 it was change to The Northern Province. Then in 2003 the name was officially changed to the Limpopo Province. This province is the poorest of all the provinces, as nearly 80% of the population live below the bread line. This is mainly due to the fact that there is a huge gap between the rich and the poor, specifically for the residents that live in the rural areas. Although Limpopo may not be the wealthiest of all the provinces it still holds a strategic position, as it is the main link between South Africa and many of the other surrounding African Countries.
The management of the Limpopo Province has been allotted to 5 District Municipalities; Capricorn, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Vhembe and Waterberg. These 5 municipal districts are again divided into 25 local municipalities. The Limpopo Province has been named the “Beef or Meat Country” as over 80 % of game hunting takes place there. This is one of the factors that assist the economy, as the area is very rich in wildlife and is a huge draw card for tourists. In the town of Tzaneen you will find tea and coffee plantations and it also boasts a huge forestry industry. Limpopo is also very rich in many mineral deposits amongst others platinum. The deposits of coal in the area consists of around 40% of the countries reserves.
The N1 highway that runs the whole length of Limpopo is the main route between Johannesburg and the border post. It has been said that this route is the busiest route overland in the whole of Africa, where raw materials and other goods are transported on a daily basis. For the transportation of these goods the Province also has direct routes to Durban, Richards Bay and Maputo Ports. The Polokwane International Airport is a small airport, but is large enough to accommodate all the tourists that are entering the Province.
The Limpopo Province offers some of the best properties for sale on the market, especially when you consider the weather, which has very low humidity all year round. There are also the hot springs in the Waterberg area, with the game farms and golf estates offering the best value for money properties in the Province. Other areas where the property market is doing well are Musina, Phalaborwa, Tzaneen, Bela Bela and Lephalale.
The Limpopo education department has two main higher education facilities, the University of Limpopo situated in Polokwane, and the University of Venda found in Thohoyandou.
If you are visiting the Kruger National Park you will find that the northern area of the Park is located in Limpopo. Here you will get to see elephants, buffalo and an abundance of great bird life. There are amazing forest trails to explore in the Soutpansberg area, where there are huge baobab trees, one of which has been shaped into a rather large pub.