Located in South Africa’s most northerly province of Limpopo and straddled by the Tropic of Capricorn, the Makgabeng Plateau is among the country’s most fascinating regions. Particularly in recent years, it has grown to become a favoured destination for large numbers of tourists, both from within the Republic and from numerous overseas countries. The province is widely known for its numerous archaeological discoveries, among them the ruins of the ancient town of Mapungubwe, which is thought to have been built more than a thousand years ago.
A Visit to the Makgabeng Plateau Offers Something for Everyone
Originally home to hunter-gatherers of the late Stone Age, it was later occupied by farmers with the ability to make iron tools who may have displaced the builders. Today, a popular destination for cultural tourism, the Makgabeng Plateau offers the visitor a unique opportunity to examine some of mankind’s earliest achievements in Africa. In addition to these early signs of a man’s talent for construction, the region is also famed for the abundant evidence of a parallel proficiency in more artistic pursuits. The province overall, offers the largest number of rock art sites to be found in any country worldwide and many of the best examples are located in this unique region.
Apart from the many artefacts and other evidence of the impact left by its human inhabitants, the region is also home to an abundance of scenic attractions. Overlooking the Makgabeng Plateau is the magnificent Blouberg Mountain range. Topped by a series of huge rocky outcrops that together with its sheer walls bear an uncanny resemblance to the fortifications of some medieval castle, it is also a favoured destination for rock climbing enthusiasts from all over the world.
The Blouberg is famed as much for the awesome views that it offers climbers, as for the serious challenges posed by the climbs themselves. While many visitors to the area may be unaware of its existence, much of the widespread appeal to climbers can be attributed to the world-famous 350 metre sheer face known as the “Moonshadow” wall. Not only is this neighbouring region of the Makgabeng Plateau a haven for climbers, but it is also a safe refuge for a wide variety of birds of prey. Here a keen birder could even be lucky enough to enjoy a rare sighting of the endangered Cape Vulture.
Though the San and Khoikhoi bushmen tribes that once roamed the regions and whose rock art still portrays their lifestyles and beliefs are long gone, the region is still home to the Tswana people. A visit to a Bahananwa village can provide an opportunity to share in the lifestyle of its inhabitants and a fascinating cross-cultural experience.
Clearly, the Makgabeng Plateau offers a virtual cornucopia of interesting possibilities, but to explore them effectively, you will need to find a convenient base of operations. In this respect, you will be unlikely to find a better choice than our Makgabeng Farm Lodge. Thatched chalets or farmhouse suites either with or without meals are offered at the main site, while the subsidiary rock art camp provides tented accommodation on wooden platforms and a boma for cooking and ablutions.
Our lodge also offers organised tours for those wanting help to explore the Makgabeng Plateau.