The wealth of things to do in the Blouberg region of Limpopo, South Africa’s most northerly province, is provided by its two most important geographical features. These are a nature reserve spanning a huge area of more than 9 300 hectares and the magnificent range of “blue” mountains from which the region gets its name. The reserve is under the administration and management of the Limpopo Provincial Government and consists largely of typical bushveld savannah with a scattering of tambotie trees and baobabs that feature more prominently as one ventures further north through the planes.
Some Exciting things to do in Limpopo’s Blouberg Region
The area is noted for a number of game species, including leopard, sable and Cape buffalo. Consequently, game drives feature high on the list of things to do in the Blouberg and, not surprisingly, both self-drive and chauffeured options for tourists are available from various sources, either in the nearby towns or from certain of the guest lodges in and around the area.
One attraction of the region will be of particular interest to visiting bird lovers. Beyond the grasslands, a trip to the mountainous sector of the reserve will be rewarded with a unique and exciting opportunity to view what is now known to be the largest breeding colony of Cape vultures anywhere in the country. The area is vast and has no established hiking trails. The high clearance of a 4×4 vehicle is essential and adds a further option to the list of things to do in the Blouberg. While equipped with a suitable vehicle, the region also provides a convenient stopover for those whose plans may take them further to the Kruger National Park, for instance, or to similar reserves in neighbouring Botswana and Zimbabwe.
For those who prefer doing rather than observing, and who are blessed with a spirit of adventure and a head for heights, the challenge posed by the mountains in the north of the reserve is likely to prove irresistible. In practice, the region draws not just South Africa’s rock climbing enthusiasts, but climbers from every corner of the globe have now updated their itineraries to include a Blouberg climb among the things to do in the event that they should find themselves in South Africa at some stage.
One cannot hope to experience the full beauty of the region without a prolonged stay and finding the right accommodation will play an important part in making your visit a memorable one. While you may wish to enjoy the freedom of the wilderness during the day, there is much to be said for a comfortable bed and a hearty meal at night, while a good breakfast can be the perfect start to a new and busy day of exploration.
A stay at our Makgabeng Farm Lodge ticks all the boxes and one of the best things to do when in the Blouberg area, if you wish to ensure your comfort. Our lodge also acts as a venue for conferences and similar events, and boasts an executive suite that could also provide the perfect love nest for honeymooners in search of a wilderness retreat. Tours of the Makgabeng plateau and other areas may also be arranged through the lodge – another reason to include a lodge stay among the things to do in Blouberg.