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Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa, named after the great river that forms the country's borders with Botswana and Zimbabwe. Having 10 per cent of South Africa's land area, Limpopo is known for its spectacular wilderness, rich wildlife and a wealth of cultural and historical sites. Polokwane, the capital city, is easily accessed from other parts of the country through self-drive, with having your own wheels the best way to get around.
The roads in this province have come a long way since it was first carved by ox wagons. The highways are developed, with all the usual modern amenities and abundant road signs. Car rental in Limpopo is the best way to visit the Great North. Most international companies are represented, including Avis, Hertz and Budget. Compare car hire before travel as many local companies offer great bargains.
The airport in Hoedspruit has daily connections to Johannesburg, providing easy access to the main tourist attractions in the province. Those visitors getting around with car hire in Limpopo can take the N1 north from Johannesburg. Those coming from the busy port city of Durban can drive the N3 and N11 to get to Limpopo.
Drivers in Limpopo must drive on the left. National highways have a speed limit of 75mph (120kph), while secondary roads have a limit of 60mph (100kph). It is best to check with South Africa's reliable Travel Information Centre for route planning, distances, toll information and directions.
The vast, untamed wilderness in Limpopo is incomparable to the rest of South Africa. The large number of nature and game reserves here is more than enough to keep visitors busy for the duration of their holiday. Kololo Game Reserve is the best place to get an African safari experience. For luxury camping in the great African wilderness, a visit to Zwahili Private Reserve is recommended.
Limpopo enjoys warm summer months, with sunshine generally occurring throughout the year. As this is the Southern Hemisphere, summer is October to March. Even though summer temperatures can rise to above 30ºC (or 40ºC in some areas), most tourists prefer to visit at this time of the year.