There are so many amazing places in South Africa to explore, but one that I’ve overlooked quite often when I am telling people some of my favorite places, is Limpopo.
Well, I should say it WAS overlooked because a recent trip I did to the heart of Limpopo opened up this little gem on the map for me and I have already been back since for another adventure!
The initial trip was with Open Africa as part of their #WeOpenAfrica campaign, which was a week long trip with a bunch of really awesome bloggers, who were already friends of both Carlinn and I before the trip!
SCORE to a lekker South African road trip with friends (and walkie talkies)!
We did some really amazing stuff and stayed in some super cool places during the trip.
Too much for one single post actually, so here is a quick highlight of our first couple of days before we hit the Ribola Art Route.
Our first night of the trip was actually spent in Jozi at Once in Joburg (Same owners of Once in Cape Town) and I got to explore a tiny piece of Braamfontein that afternoon where we witnessed a seriously epic Electrical Storm.
The next morning we took a 3 hour drive through to our first stop where we went Zip-Lining in the mist, over waterfalls and through the trees of the Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour.
It’s a 2.5 – 4 hour tour (depending on how many people go) that takes you over a series of 12 Zip-Lines from to thirteen platforms and I’d highly recommend doing as a group if you’re in the area.
Make sure you book in advance and take a GoPro or small camera along to capture some of the epic moments along the way!
I’d also suggest packing a light rain coat because there is quite a lot of mist up in the mountains from time to time and you don’t want to mess up your gear if it’s not waterproof and you’ll also keep dry.
That evening we all spent the night in various areas of Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge which is over 420 hectares of pure beauty, but where Carlinn and I stayed was simply AMAZING!
We slept in the one of the two Forest Cabin’s nestled inside the huge forest, far away from the sounds and lights of the nearby towns.
We awoke to the most epic sounds from the sweet chirps of birds to the barking calls of the local of Baboon Troops echoing around us.
After listening to the sounds with a coffee on our deck, we went for a Guided Forest Walk with bird expert, David Letsoalo, who showed us a huge variety of bird and plant species in the forest.
One of the most beautiful birds we saw on the walk was the illusive Narina Trogon, which I managed to capture a glimpse of through my lens.
Another highlight from the forest walk was the HUGE Cabbage Tree on the property which is said to be over 2,000 years old and it’s last recorded height was 35 meters. It’s no surprise that it is one of the 75 Champion Trees in South Africa.
Read a great article written by Nadia Krige about David Letsoalo, the Champion Tree and the Magical Creatures of Kurisa Moya. You can also watch the video below of him calling the birds of the forest.
After a walk in the forest and an amazing home cooked breakfast in the Kurisa Moya Farmhouse, we made our way off to where we’d be staying for the next couple of days…
Check out my next blog post to read about the Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge and a day spent touring around the Ribola Art Route.