landscape OF LIMPOPO

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

To conclude Women's Month, the Limpopo Tourism and Parks invited corporate women and journalists on an expedition of the province.

The tour kicked off on a high note when we were taken to Meropa Casino and Entertainment World, 5km outside Polokwane. We were entertained at the Jembe Tavern on Thursday to the sounds of cabaret.

We all had an early night at the amazing Limpopo Manor Guesthouse as there was going to be a 4x4 expedition the next day.

After the launch, we headed to the sub-tropical town of Tzaneen, travelling on the picturesque Magoebaskloof road.

The area is littered with tea plantations and farms, with the amazing smell of fruit such as oranges and mangoes.

From Tzaneen we travelled to GaModjadji where we were to visit the 530 hectare Modjadji Nature Reserve.

The reserve has been protected by the Modjadji royal family for centuries and here you can see a unique collection of cycad plants.

There are more than 80 species of cycads in the world and the ones in this area are called Modjadji cycads.

Cycads are not the only things that the reserve has to offer, there is also game such as blue wildebeest, buck, nyala, impala and bushbuck.

We stayed in the area overnight.

Some women were up and about at 3am the next morning to go hot-air ballooning in Lekgalameetse Game Reserve. Late risers were taken on a tour of the reserve and to see one of SA's best-known clivia collections.

This wild garden is surrounded by indigenous trees. The collection was started by Gorden McNeil in 1962 after he bought clivias from G.I. Blackbeard of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. The flowers bloom between August and October. McNeil's 75-year-old widow Margo still lives in the area in a house built more than 50 years ago.

Fixon Hlungwani, general manager of Limpopo Tourism and Parks, said they wanted to turn the house into a heritage site to educate people about caring for the environment.

We then drove off to Phalaborwa to conclude our trip with action sports. We had an option of canoeing and quad biking through the farm. I chose to go quad biking as falling into the water did not appeal to me.

Quad biking was great. The drive took at least 15 minutes. The experience was made even more enjoyable by the sweet smell of fruit and flowers.

By the time we finished the trip we were all sneezing because of the dust, but it was all worth it.