The Limpopo National Park, located in the district of Massingor, in the Province of Gaza, was established through the cooperation between the Government and the Peace Parks Foundation in 2001. Together with the South African and Zimbabwean border regions, it forms the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Area. In it’s sandy prairies, mopane savannahs, forested savannahs and alluvial plains we can find a diversity of species including elephants, rhinoceroses and buffalos. Between canoeing, guided tours and fishing, the visitors can enjoy several leisure activities.
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Drive along the EN1, taking the detours Chokwé – Massingir, Mabalane – Massingir, Combumune Rio – Hassane and Mapai – Ingala. You can also travel from South Africa, through the Giriyondo border post, in the border with the Kruger National Park, or through the Pafuri border post. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended for the journey.
Visit the Park preferably in the cooler months, between April and October.
You can have a nice time hiking, taking safaris and boat rides.
Within the Park, you will find the Albufeira Chalets and the Águia Pesqueira tourist resort. The Machapane and Nhampfule camping sites, in the north, close to the Mapai Gate, and the Mamba Camping Site are also good accommodation options. In the district of Massingir, the tourists can stay in the Covane Community Lodge, that features 4 luxury chalets with view to the lake and two boats for rides.
This Park has the particularity of presenting a preserved landscape in almost all its surface, with 10 distinct ecosystems. Almost all fauna species present in the Kruger National Park, in South Africa, can be seen in Limpopo. The Massingir Dam, the Shingwedzi river and cliffs, the Elephant river dam and the Mapai area are very attractive zones, in terms of flora and fauna, but also in terms of cultural offerings. The Shingwedzi river zone is the ideal place for wildlife tourism, adventure hiking and safaris. The Massingir Dam is an ideal place for the practice of several nautical sports.
In Limpopo, you can see the Big Five, wild dog, hippopotamus, crocodile, zebra, wildebeest, impala, kudo, nyala, warthog, giraffe, spotted hyena and a great diversity of land and water birds.
The Park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation, which includes South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park.