Winter is the perfect time of year to book a bushveld break in Limpopo.
Apart from the mild, visibility for game watching good, as vegetation is much less lush than during the rainy season and bugs less active than in summer.
Here are two nature reserves we'd highly recommend visiting.
Tucked away in a hidden valley at the top of the Soutpansberg Mountain range, Leshiba is a family-run, private mountain retreat where you can kick back and relax amid unspoilt nature and truly spectacular scenery.
It's home to an abundance of wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, the rare brown hyena, porcupines, pangolins and the elusive leopard, as well as more than 250 bird species.
Apart from the amazing natural scenery and colourful array of creatures, Leshiba is also a treasure trove of art and culture. The Venda Village Lodge - one of three overnight spots in the reserve - is modeled after the original village that once stood in this exact spot and was re-created with the help of internationally renowned Venda artist, Noria Mabasa.
A little further afield, you will find art of a much more ancient kind in the form of San rock paintings that are between 200 and 2000 years old. You can see them right up close during a guided hike along the on-site archaeological trail.
Take a look at these stunning photographs from Leshiba and read Joburg-based blogger, Anna-Belle Durrant's reasons Why you should go to Leshiba Lodge for your next holiday.
Morning Sun Nature Reserve
Located in the heart of the Soutpansberg, Morning Sun Nature Reserve forms part of the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve and is a biodiversity hot spot. With little to no cell phone reception anywhere on site, it's also an excellent spot to hide away from the rat race for a short while.
Two exceptional experiences to enjoy during a stay here is spending the night in hammocks under the stars at Mashovhela Lodge's hammock camp and hiking to the Mashovhela rock pool, which is considered to be the second most sacred site for Venda people.
According to the tales passed down through many generations, there was once a powerful Venda king who could defeat all his enemies by beating a magic drum. For many decades, he reigned without opposition and grew in wealth and stature… until one night… he, along with his magic drum, vanished. It is believed that he disappeared into the Western Soutpansberg and slipped into the afterlife through a rock pool. Legend has it that his sacred drum beat can sometimes still be heard, echoing off the cliffs surrounding the Mashovhela rock pool.
Check out the Morning Sun Nature Reserve website for more details.
So, what are you waiting for? Get that Limpopo winter bush bread booked right away. Don't forget to work in some time to explore our Ribola Art Route while you're there to experience this beautiful province's culture through it's fascinating people. Book on our site or by visiting our booking site partner, Tour2.0.