Vhembe battles to attract tourists
DESPITE its many attractions, the Vhembe district in Limpopo still battles to attract tourists.
Complaining while officially opening the 2012 Vhembe Carnival and Mapungubwe heritage route at Khoroni Hotel in Thohoyandou on Wednesday, executive mayor Tshitereke Matibe said his district was largely ignored.
"Vhembe district is rich in arts, culture and tourist attractions. It can hold its head high compared with other districts in the country," Matibe said.
He said Vhembe was the link between South Africa and the rest of the African continent "but people go as far as Johannesburg and Cape Town without first seeing what Vhembe district has to offer".
Matibe said the district had decided to forge tourism links with other neighbouring countries and that the annual carnival was one of the district's efforts to boost tourism.
The district had also forged an exchange programme with the Buheri district in Zimbabwe, Matibe said.
Over the past two days, tourists have been taken to Mapungubwe, Thulamela heritage sites and the Kruger Park to see the Big Five and Crook's Corner - South Africa's most northeastern point.