The Limpopo Province is a region of immense natural beauty comprised of diverse ecosystems ranging from the open savanna of Welgevonden to the dramatic mountains of the Waterberg and sites of critical archaeological and palaeontological importance such as Mapungubwe.

Featuring malaria-free safaris only a 3-4 hour drive from Johannesburg, the Limpopo is an excellent starting point for a safari in South Africa. If you’re visiting Marakele National Park, opt for a drive one way and a hopper flight onward to Madikwe or back to Johannesburg to save some time. Within this vast expanse of wilderness are two lodges, Marataba Mountain Lodge and Marataba Safari Lodge, each with access to a luxury treehouse for a sleep-out under the Southern Sky. Head out on Big-5 game drives, enjoy walking safaris of varying lengths, or a boat ride on the Miss Mara and enjoy total exclusivity, a rare treat on safari in South Africa. 

Another team favorite is Ant and Tessa Barber’s home, Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill, nestled in the Waterberg Mountains. Ant’s has got to be one of the most child friendly safari lodges found in Africa. Without predatory cats on their land, Ant and Tess allow children of all ages to join their parents on all game viewing activities to share in each other’s first encounters with wildlife. In addition to game drives and walking, Ant encourages everyone to get out on a horse to see the wildlife at closer range. Mountain biking, archery, snake and reptile talks/handling, night sky safaris, and fishing all compliment the safari experience and fill the days for little one’s looking for a great adventure.

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