South Africans and adventurous visitors to this country are spoiled for choice when it comes to unique things to do, attractions and places of interest to visit, sights to see and where to arrange accommodation, while experiencing all the wonders of the rainbow nation and its land.
Real Rustic Camping Accommodation in Limpopo
You may insist on having luxury accommodation wherever you go, or you may prefer roughing it by camping, away from all the usual and familiar trappings of modern civilisation. Limpopo province, in its great diversity, provides for all accommodation preferences, camping included.
However, you cannot randomly pitch a tent in any location or seemingly open, vacant piece of land that appeals to you. Some land is state owned, other areas belong to indigenous tribes, whilst certain farms are so vast that their land appears to be unoccupied, especially in Limpopo, which is home to numerous game farms that are extremely expansive, by the very nature of game animals’ essential habitat.
Even if you’d rather camp in an untamed wilderness area, you’re required to do so at a designated camp site, of which there are lots all across Limpopo. Super sites are to be found near Mookgophong (formerly Naboomspruit), Bela Bela (formerly Warmbaths), Letsitele, Magoebaskloof, Vaalwater, in the Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe National Park and the Makgabeng Plateau, to name only a few.
Makgabeng’s Rock Art Camp
“Makgabeng” is well known for various features that bear this name – the Makgabeng Mountains, the Makgabeng Plateau, Makgabeng Farm Lodge and our lodge’s Makgabeng Rock Art Camp. It’s a camp site for visitors to the area who really relish being “up close and personal” with nature in a wilderness area.
The camp site is rugged and rustic, as are the Makgabeng Plateau’s foothills where the camp is located. There is no electricity supply, but your own solar lights should do the trick. Campers are welcome to make use of an on-site open-air boma for cooking or braaing purposes, as well as our communal ablution facilities.
Visitors are surrounded by the unique and ancient geological features of the Makgabeng and its vast landscapes, while on the distant horizon, the incredible Thabananhlana (mountain with a sharp point) points to the immensely wide expanse of the African sky.
At night, the galaxy’s stars twinkle down on the camp, brighter than ever, because there’s no artificial light or pollution to spoil the starlit canopy that nature provides. This part of Limpopo province is particularly rich in birdlife, making the area ideal for bird watchers.
The Makgabeng Rock Art Camp wouldn’t be true to its name if the area failed to feature fine examples of ancient Khoisan, Hananwa and Sotho rock paintings. In fact, Makgabeng is known as the only place in southern Africa to feature so many of these diverse indigenous paintings in one area.
A local guide is available at the camp, from where he can take you on an easy hike to view some of the area’s rock art, experience local tribal village life, or view the area’s fauna and flora from on board a donkey cart.
Because our camping accommodation is right in the heart of such a distinctive part of Limpopo, it’s also ideal as a base camp for exploring the other wonders and attractions of this area, so contact us at Makgabeng Farm Lodge and pack your tent.