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Limpopo (Northern Province)

The Limpopo or Northern Province is the largest of all the regions. Before the end of Apartheid, this whole area was known as Transvaal and is in fact made up of four smaller regions, namely North West Province, Gauteng (formerly Witwatersrand), Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal) and Limpopo itself (formerly Northern Transvaal).

All four areas are quite diverse in what they offer the adventurer. However, from a climate point of view they are very similar. The region is on average, 2000 meters above sea level. The air is somewhat ‘drier’ so that dispels the possibility of it being classified as sub-tropical. The summers are warm with an average temperature of 25ºC to 30ºC. The nights are a moderate 15ºC. In winter the average daily temperature is between 15ºC and 20ºC but with cool or even cold nights. This region is a summer rainfall area and characterized by short sharp afternoon thunderstorms.

The west side of the region is more temperate and drier than the east. The east side has mountainous areas where climate conditions can differ quite markedly.

Limpopo has some very exciting attractions to it such as Sun City & Lost City, or the Kruger National Park. There are great golf courses around which are well worth a visit.

Gauteng region (which is African for Place of Gold), is the most industrialized in Southern Africa. It’s here that they mine for Gold and other rich minerals and is where you can explore a gold mining town … Gold Reef City – built to show what it was like 120 years ago when gold was discovered.

In Mpumalanga you’ll be able to adventure into the mountains and escarpment – be sure to visit some of the spectacular waterfalls such as the Mac Mac Falls.

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