Attractions

Explore one of the many popular activities and places of interest in our great province all within easy reach from us.

Visit the spectacular Kruger National parks Northern Regions the main attraction by far in the area, A day visit to the famous reserve the pride of South Africa is a must and can done by entering at any of the three Northern and Far Northern entrance gates all within easy reach from us (Phalaborwa 80km, Punda Maria 140km and Orpen gates 146km)  Explore the 2 million hectare Park searching for the "Big Five" not to mention all it's other treasures, many waterholes and places of interest. Routes, Kruger National Parks fantastic activities and information available at Lukafrica. Game drives on board a Parks open safari vehicle from Phalaborwa gate can be arranged.Contact us for further details.  Ask about the possibility of a picnic basket should you wish to enter the Park early !  Tariffs Daily Conservation & Entry Fees Daily Conservation Fee for 1 April 2018 to 31 October 2018South African citizens and Residents (with ID):R83 per adult, per dayR42 per child, per daySADC Nationals (with passport):R166 per adult, per dayR83 per child, per dayStandard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors):R331 per adult, per dayR166 per child, per dayWild Card: Year Permits available for all our guests

This is an ideal destination situated on the Great Letaba River for both the beginner and the experienced birder.  The abundance of birds will always make a short trip to the region well worthwhile.  The area boasts 35 Southern African endemics and 48 Southern African near endemics. Over 600 bird species have been recorded in the province of which 420 are resident.  The area offers pleasant and easy bird watching, this is definitely a "birders paradise" 

Bring along your bike and enjoy doing an early morning  ride in the Hans Merensky Reserve just 6km from us viewing plane game too. Route is +- 28km. Other routes in the surrounds can be done. Contact us for more details.

Play a round of golf on any one of the three scenic golf courses found within easy reach from Lukafrica. Bookings, tee off times and golf carts can all be arranged by us.

Visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Cheetah Centre situated in the Kapama private reserve in Hoedspruit.. Informative DVD shown on arrival afterwhich you will board an open game viewer and view the various animals in particular Cheetah, "King Cheetah" wild dog, Lion, Zebra, Rhino and other rehabilitated animals found at the research centre.Guides are knowleadgeable and very informative. The proceeds go towards the centre. This is a must for children & is very educational.Tour times- Every hour on the hour 7 days a weekContact us for further information.

Visit "Jessica" the famous hippo as seen on Discovery channel. You will get the opportunity of a lifetime to feed and touch Jessica and for the ladies she will allow you to even kiss her. Tony Jessica's keeper and his guides are experienced and very knowledgeable. Jessica is not in captivity,she is free to roam the Blyde River with other wild hippo's. Whilst there get to interact with "Richie" a young male hippo who was found by Tony when the floods of 2012 hit the area. Richie at present is in captivity as he is still too young to roam the Blyde River on his own as other hippos might not acept him especially dominant male hippo bulls.Suitable for all ages. Nowhere else can you get so close to these hippos. Contact us for further details.

Visit the King Walden's gardens situated in Agatha Tzaneen within easy reach from us. The gardens are immaculate and one can have tea there. The gardens have a story and were done by family members over the years. There is a swan dam where one can relax and enjoy the dam. The views are amazing. No entrance fee charged.

Do a thrilling Magoebaskloof Canopy tour, they are situated in Magoebaskloof between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen just 45 minutes from our lodge. The canopy tour operators run by Marc and his very professional crew will take you on a thrilling journey into a previously inaccessible realm of nature, as you traverse the upper level of the indigenous forest and stunning mountain cliffs, overlooking the spectacular Great Letaba River gorge. Get a birds view like never before. The tour includes awe-inspiring slides and platform viewpoints over three amazing giant waterfalls, each tumbling up to 20 metres into the river below. The rushing water below relaxes you whilst enjoying the heart pounding slides. Absorb the tranquility of the natural surroundings on each platform as trained guides detail interesting facts about the fauna, flora and ecology of the surrounding environment. Safety is paramount and you can rest assured you are in good hands with Marc and his crew. This activity has the wow factor and is definitely not to be missed! Age groups are from 7-70 years. It is essential to book early to avoid disappointment. Contact us for more information, rates and additional activity options on this exciting outing….Activity duration +-3hours

Do a morning or afternoon boat cruise on the serene Olifants River. The boat moves up the river and participants can enjoy great tranquillity of the flowing river, sightings of hippo, crocodile and a wide variety of birds make for fantastic photographing. Other game viewing includes sightings of buffalo and elephant as the river borders Klaserie which is on the border of the Kruger National Park. This is an exciting outing and is well worth doing. All ages welcome. Participants will be required to sign an indemnity form.  Tour duration +-3hours

Not many tourist attractions can lay claim to being visible from space. The opencast mine near the pretty town of Phalaborwa is without a doubt one of this marvellous country’s most impressive tourism attractions. At almost 2km wide, Phalaborwa’s Big Hole is Africa’s widest man-made hole and one of the biggest copper mines in the entire world. And, yes, it can indeed be seen from space.This awe-inspiring, 450m deep opencast mine – rich in apatite, magnetite, titanium, vermiculite, uranium, zirconium, and, of course, copper – understandably dominates the surrounding landscape. The magnitude of this gigantic hole needs to be appreciated from afar and we’re happy to say that there is an amazing lookout point located nearby from which tourists can marvel at the magnificent Big Hole. As an added bonus, the views of Limpopo’s lovely landscape from this viewpoint are nothing short of spectacular.Enjoyable educational tours of the opencast mine are offered and the fascinating Foskor Museum, housed in the very first house that was built in the town of Phalaborwa, is an absolute must for history buffs.Opencast copper mining commenced here in 1964 and ceased in 2002. Opencast mining has been replaced by a large-scale underground operation that will extend the mine’s lifespan considerably. Most of South Africa’s copper is mined here. 

The Sunland ‘Big Baobab’ is in Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo Province, South Africa and is famous internationally for being the widest of its species in the world. Africa is symbolised by these magnificent trees. The Sunland Big Baobab is carbon dated to be well over 1 700 years old and has even made the front page of the Wall Street Journal! When baobabs become a thousand years old, they begin to hollow inside. In the Big Baobab this has resulted in wonderful caverns and caves, where the world famous Baobab Tree Bar now amazes visitors.The Big Baobab is on the mango farm Sunland, where day visitors are welcome. There are hikes, waterfalls in the surrounding area and mountain biking trails, while the tree itself hosts a variety of activities. Recently one of the large branches broke off and can be seen lying where it fell.Doug and Heather van Heerden bought the farm in 1989 and cleared half, planting mangoes and Palm trees. The Big Baobab is important both historically and ecologically and is home to many animals and birds, as well as providing food for many others. The van Heerdens fiercely protect the tree and the surroundings – woe betide anyone who doesn’t share their views!Day visitors to the tree: R25.00 per person. Kids under 3 free!!

The Amarula Lapa is a promotional tasting and tourist visitor centre situated 10 km outside Phalaborwa. Amarula Cream, made from the fruit of the indigenous marula tree (also known as the 'marriage tree' or 'elephant tree'), dates back to 1989 and has since grown into a world leader among liqueurs.In February and March of every year, the marula trees bear the delicious fruit from which the vitamin-rich juice is collected for processing. Once the fruit has been gathered, mostly by the local inhabitants, the kernel is removed and the flesh crushed from the skin.The marula flesh is then fermented in a process similar to wine-making. After fermentation the marula wine is distilled in copper pot-stills. Maturation follows in small oak casks for about two years, the distillate is then enriched with pure marula extract and blended with the finest cream to create the silky-smooth tastes of Amarula Cream. Production tours are held from January to April only and must be prebooked. Entrance to Amarula Lapa is free. Open Monday to Saturday only. 

Visit the Tsonga Kraal outdoor open air museum run by Limpopo Parks just 6km from us. The Tsonga Kraal is informative, interesting and rich in cultural history and is a living museum depicting traditional Tsonga life as it was 150 years ago. Daily demonstrations include music/musical instruments, woodwork/carvings, weaving rush mats, clay work, iron smelting, and salt making. Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, about 70km from Tzaneen Tel: (015) 386-8727 Mon-Fri: 07:30-16:00

The Hans Merensky Nature Reserve was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1953. This reserve has played an important part in the breeding of sable and giraffe which have helped stock other reserves in the province. The Letaba River lies towards the north of the reserve, there you may find crocodiles on the banks of the river, and even spot a hippo in the tranquil pools. Giant water monitors are also to be found in these parts. The reserve comprises a mixture of grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands and provides an ideal habitat for hundreds of interesting bird species, including the White-breasted Cuckoo shrike. The distinctive Mopane and Combretum trees provides create the backdrop for a variety of game. You should be able to see giraffe, sable, hippo, zebra, crocodile and even leopard, bird watchers can keep an eye out for White-breasted Cuckoo shrike, Brown-headed Parrot, Raptors, Wood Sandpiper Hans Merensky Nature Reserve is ideal for bird watching, hiking and game viewing. There are three self-guided trails, each starting from the visitors centre: The Letaba Trail to the river, which involves an hours walk. The Waterbuck Trail, a round trip of 12km. The Giraffe Trail, is an easy way to discover the beauty of the lowveld on foot. The 33km trail takes three days and begins and ends at the reserves offices. No more than 13km is covered each day which makes it perfect for beginners. The trails overnight overlooks a waterhole where a variety of game can be seen. The Reserve lies 70km north of the town of Tzaneen, and is situated right next to the ATKV Eiland Spa just 6km from Lukafrica. The reserve is open daily throughout the year and is most popular in winter when temperatures are lower and game is easier to spot. The trail can be driven if you have a 4x4 vehicle. 

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