Mopani, the region previously known as the Valley of the Olifants (The Valley of the Elephants) stretches from the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park, includes the area of Park to the North of that gate, and extends North to a line drawn from the Pafuri Gate in the extreme North of the Park to Soekmekaar following the line of the escarpment to the Blyde River Canyon. Here is the true lowveld, largely unspoilt for hundreds of years, a vast area full of the splendour of Africa's wild life. The whole area is being incorporated into the Gaza-Kruger-Gonarezhou Park, a trans-frontier conservation area stretching over 35 000 square kms and involving Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mopani is not only rich in wildlife, but offers a spectacular scene of mountains, rivers and dams. Witness the movement of vast herds of antelope and buck crossing the vast open plains. Here can be found wandering herds of elephant. There are some 8000 in Kruger, prides of lion, all the big five in fact. This is Africa, where vast numbers of mopane trees dominate the veld. In the North the mopane bushveld is interrupted by the dominating sight of the baobab, the upside-down tree. The mountains in the North are smaller and dotted about in the vast plain. To the West are the more dominating Soutpansberg mountains, while the Drakensberg escarpment is far to the south-west. On the plains in the North can be found herds of rarer antelope such as eland, roan, tsessebe, nyala and the magnificent sable.
On the eastern side of Mopani lies the northern part of the Kruger National Park. This part of the Kruger Park has several rest camps, but this northern area is wilder than the South. The rest camps are fewer and the distances between them greater. But this does not detract from the magnificence of it all – indeed it makes the bushveld even more wild and wonderful. The camps in the northern sector (Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria) all have filling stations but accommodation facilities are rather less sophisticated than some of the camps in the South.
Situated in the very South of Mopani is the town of Hoedspruit (Hat Creek), well known as the main airbase of the South African Air Force. This beautiful unspoilt part of the Valley is surrounded by several large private game reserves – Balule, Klaserie, Timbavati and Thornybush to name but a few. These reserves border the vast National Park to their East and generally speaking there are no game fences between them and Kruger. It is essential to book ahead to stay in any of the lodges at these camps, and accommodation can be expensive but in most cases is extremely luxurious. These are the game lodges to visit if you want to rub shoulders with Hollywood stars.
At Blyde River and Swadini there are Aventura Resorts – these are large and comfortable resorts offering many different activities. There is comfortable accommodation and a restaurant with bar facilities. All Aventura resorts have fresh water swimming pools.
Along the cliffs of the escarpment and plunging down to Mopani can be found more than 500 species of birds – more than half of South Africa's total bird species. In the Hoedspruit district alone are many of South Africa’s rarest and most beautiful birds. Sunbirds galore can be seen feasting on the Coral tree blossoms in early Spring. Here can be seen the rare Knysna Lourie and the Purplecrested Lourie. Mopani is truly a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Ku Sungula Safari Lodge offers fully catered bush lodge accommodation in the Balule Nature Reserve in the Hoedspruit District in the Limpopo province. Experience the wild heart of Africa's bushveld with a touch of luxury. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge is a Grea
Cheerio Trout Fishing Lodge offers a self catering escape in the beautiful Cheerio Valley close to Haenertsburg, in the Magoebaskloof area, between Polokwane and Tzaneen and is an excellent stop over to the Kruger National Park and other game parks. (Slee
Granny Dot's Country Spot offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the outskirts of Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. This is the perfect spot snugly settled on a hillside amidst lush tropical greenery and overlooking the magnificent Wolkberg mountains ra
Pavetta Country House provides self catering accommodation in Magoebaskloof in the Limpopo province. This self catering house (6 adults and 2 children) is scenically placed next to the Haenertsburg Trout Association's trophy dam with great views over the
Toro Yaka Bush Lodge provides fully catered bush lodge accommodation in the Balule Game Reserve in the Hoedspruit district of the Limpopo province. Toro Yaka, which means "My Dream" in Northern Sotho, is a one-of-a-kind lodge situated in the unforgettably
Phalaborwa Town Guesthouse provides self catering units in Phalaborwa in the Valley of the Olifants region of Limpopo province. Our self catering accommodation (2-sleepers and 5-sleepers) is conveniently situated in the centre of the Phalaborwa Town CBD,
shukudu Bush Camp offers a true bushveld experience in the Tshukudu Game Reserve in the Hoedspruit District of the Limpopo province. Situated in the Central Lowveld near the Blyderiver Canyon and the Kruger National Park, close to Hoedspruit. Tshukudu, a
Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation provides chalet accommodation near Haenetsburg in the Limpopo province. Discover a magical place where mountain meets river and the spirit of adventure is born. Magoebaskloof Adventure Chalets' wooden chalets are in
Shikwari Bush Lodge offers fully catered accommodation near the J.G Strydom Tunnel in the Hoedspruit district of the valley of the Olifants in Limpopo. Situated in Shikwari Nature Reserve, we offer two camps on the reserve close to Kruger Park & the Panor
Zimswazi Golf Lodge offers luxury self catering bush lodge accommodation in the Phalaborwa District in the Valley of the Olifants, Limpopo. This secluded accommodation is set in the renowned Hans Merensky golf course. The Lodge sleeps 4 adults in 2 spacio
Amafu Forest Lodge provides authentic self catering bush lodge accommodation in Kampersrus, in the Blyde River Canyon area in the Valley of the Olifants region of Limpopo. Choose from 7 chalets, being either a 2-sleeper, 4-sleeper or 8-sleeper. Stylishly
BushGlam Luxury Holiday Home offers luxury self catering accommodation in Hoedspruit in the Valley of the Olifants region of the Limpopo province. BushGlam Luxury Holiday Home comprises three modern bedrooms (sleeps 6), two state of the art bathrooms, sp
Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a privately owned farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof Mountains, just north of Haenertsburg in the Limpopo Province. Our array of accommodation includes cosy self catering cottages, a guest house and a private camp sit
umVangati House provides stunning and exclusive bed and breakfast accommmodation in the Hoedspruit District in the Limpopo province. Tucked away in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most glorious scenic destinations, umVangati Hou
Glenogle Farm offers 2 self catering cottages in the mountainous area of Magoebaskloof in the Limpopo province. (Sleeps 4 and sleeps 2). Situated between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen, hidden amongst the pine plantations in the beautiful mountainous area of Ma
Boskiep 2 provides self catering flat accommodation in Tzaneen, in the Limpopo province. (Sleeps 6). Boskiep 2 is a convenient stopover or holiday base, an affordable self catering flat for business travellers, sales representatives, tourists, parents wit