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Top Choice Park in Soutpansberg

Mapungubwe National Park

Stunningly stark, arid, rocky landscapes reverberate with cultural intrigue and wandering wildlife at Mapungubwe National Park. A Unesco World Heritage Site, Mapungubwe contains South Africa’s most significant Iron …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Mapungubwe National Park

Confluence Viewpoints

Four wonderfully sited viewing decks sit atop the cliffs and allow for uninterrupted views out over the river plain, the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers and three countries – Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa; on an isl…
Top Choice International in Polokwane

Saskia Restaurant

Decorated with Rembrandt replicas and stories from the master painter at every turn, you might expect this place at Fusion Boutique Hotel to be a bit stuffy. Not so. The cooking is fresh and assured, with Indonesian…
Top Choice Cafe in Polokwane

Grind

This mobile coffee tuk-tuk is the brainchild of master barista and all-round-coffee-guru Ben Schempers. Keep an eye on Facebook on weekdays then track it down for Polokwane's (Limpopo's?) best coffee. It's a real hi…
Top Choice Pub Food in Phalaborwa

Buffalo Pub & Grill

If you’ve emerged from Kruger feeling like a hungry lion, stop here for some pub grub. It's a very meat-driven menu – for a lean steak alternative try the ostrich or impala fillet. Excellent service, and there’s a t…
National Park in The Waterberg

Marakele National Park

This mountainous national park is at the southwest end of the Waterberg biosphere. The animals grazing beneath the red cliffs include the Big Five, as well as giraffes, zebras and cheetahs, but the landscape itself …
Zoo in Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

A few clicks south of Hoedspruit along the R40 and attached to the Kapama Private Game Reserve, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre was set up to take a holistic approach to South Africa's endangered species th…
Museum in Mapungubwe National Park

Interpretation Centre

The impressive centre, one of the country’s finest modern buildings (it won the 2009 World Architecture Award), was designed in sympathetic resemblance to the landscape. Inside it is contemporary and air-conditioned…
Bar in Polokwane

Grounded Container Bar &Cafe

We're ready to ignore the rather odd, close-to-the-airport location, and we really wish it'd open later, but this fantastic outdoor venue serves up Polokwane's best mix of craft beer and cocktails. It opened in late…
Viewpoint in Marakele National Park

Lenong Viewing Point

A narrow, serpentine but paved road climbs to this splendid vantage point with sweeping views; arguably the best views are on the way up. Once at the summit (take the right branch of the roads at the top), ignore th…