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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…
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…
International in Louis Trichardt

Purple Olive

Presenting seafood dishes, grills, loads of burger variations, salads and pastas, this place is a great stop any time of day. A formal atmosphere pervades, but it gets more casual at the outside seating area, which …
Textiles in Elim

Twananani Textiles

In the village of Mbokota southeast of Elim, local women create stunning, colourful textiles using traditional Tsonga designs through batik, hand painting, block printing, dying, beadwork and embroidery.
Arts & Crafts in Elim

Mukondeni Pottery Village

This group of 15 women produce traditional- and contemporary-design pottery, including, pots, bowls and beads. It's in Mukondeni, southeast of Elim.
Nature Reserve in Soutpansberg

Ben Lavin Nature Reserve

This 25-sq-km reserve is worth visiting for its walking and mountain-bike trails. It contains 200-plus bird species, as well as giraffes, zebras and jackals. It's a bit like going on a safari for beginners, but enjo…
Museum in Soutpansberg

Museum of the Drum and Dzata Ruins

The archaeological remains of the royal kraal (compound) of the Venda people make for a fascinating detour. The museum houses a replica of the royal drum, said to immobilise enemies, as well as a handful of ethnolog…
Cultural Centre in Thohoyandou

Thohoyandou Arts & Culture Centre

One starting point for cultural explorations is this centre, which displays craftwork including carved wood animals, prints, local pottery and traditional drums. A lot of it is for sale. If you get chatting to the a…
International in Mapungubwe National Park

Golden Rhino Restaurant

This simple restaurant at the Interpretation Centre does chicken burgers, steaks and local dishes based around pap (a traditional African food made from ground maize) with sauce. It's a good lunch alternative to all…