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Vuyani Kaya Route


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   Accommodation

Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Tangala Authentic
Nestled in the heart of Big 5 country adjacent to the Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird spe...

Thornybush Game Lodge
Nestled in the heart of Big 5 country adjacent to the Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird spe...

Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge
Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge is an owner built and run facility, situated in the game rich area of the Bohlabela Distric...

   Environment

Below is a list of environmental attractions on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Southern African Wildlife College
Southern African Wildlife College is located in the Hoedspruit area in the Limpopo Province. The college was initiated a...

 

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Within the Kruger to Canyons Route, the Vuyani Kaya sub-route offers a range of alternative tourism experiences, especially for visitors who are interested in exploring the cultural diversity the Limpopo Province has to offer. Thus this sub-route forges links between the established tourism trade and these communities. Once established, these links will give the communities the opportunity to sell their products and services. The Vuyani Kaya sub-route seeks to maximise the tourism potential of the region to the benefit of all its inhabitants, by adding diversity to the product base of the Kruger to Canyons Route. 

The route combines already well-developed and sophisticated establishments with previously untapped attractions to provide tourists with the option of learning about the local people, their history, culture and customs.

Vuyani Kaya is a Shangaan/Tsonga word meaning 'come home'. The concept here is to give tourists an open invitation to visit rural communities in their villages. The name was chosen by the community, envisaging that it will make visitors feel at home among hosts who are warm, friendly and welcoming.

Reasons to visit:

This region is host to many private game farms and lodges. These establishments owe their existence and success to the fact that they are situated on the border of the Kruger Park, one of Africa's best wildlife game reserves. Hoedspruit serves as the centre for the bushveld region, famed for its classic safari reserves. The area boasts some of the finest and most prestigious of these, such as Kapama,Thornybush and Tangala, to mention a few. There are unusual places in the area too, like Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge, where you can stay in a treetop lodge 8m up, looking out across stretches of African bush.

There are crafters, traditional dancers, storytellers, gardeners, singers and interesting water collection points throughout the villages, with many things to intrigue visitors. There are also traditional Shangaan and Nyani villages, where visitors can stay overnight at the rondavels that are similar to those used by the locals. Here one can experience the culture and traditional way of life of the people of this region. African beer, Umqombothi, is also served, along with African cuisine such as mopani worms (mainly in season) and other dish varieties.

Vuyani Kaya Open Africa Route is situated along the R40 from Hoedspruit. The R40 links up with the road that leads to the Orpen Gate of the Kruger Park (R531 road) (to the east). It continues to the south, stretching through Bushbuckridge and joins with the R535 and R533 roads, both leading towards Graskop, the Panorama section of the Kruger to Canyons Route. Vuyani Kaya offers something different and is an ideal additional theme to exploring in the Kruger to Canyons Route.

Shangaan traditional dance:

Muchongolo is a regular occurrence in the local villages and is thoroughly enjoyed by visitors who get to experience it. This is the time when the villages get together to dance and be happy and every Sunday there is Muchongolo in one of the villages.

Mabalingwe Lion Man:

When:  11 July 2015

Where:  Bela Bela, Waterberg, Capricorn, Vhembe, Mopani & Sekhukhune

Tel:  +27 14 736 9000

The Bela Bela Lion Man Mountain Bike Race will take you through the rolling hills of the Big 5, Mabalingwe Game Reserve. Choose between the 40km race (recommended for younger cyclists and families) or the 80km race or 115km Ultra Marathon for more experienced cyclists.The Bela Bela Lion Man Mountain Bike Race is the only race of its kind where the full race takes place within the boundaries of a Big 5 Reserve.Bring your whole family, we will keep them entertained while you are out enjoying the race.

Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike Classic

When:  7 November, 2015

Where:  Stanford Lake College, Waterberg, Capricorn, Vhembe, Mopani & Sekhukhune

Contact Person(s):  Steve Willson - Senior Adventure Facilitator

Tel:  +27 15 276 6130

Cell:  +27 82 637 3651

The Magoesbaskloof Mountain Bike Challenge came about after Gray Braadvedt and Rudi Viljoen sparked the brilliant idea of hosting a mountain biking event in the beautiful surrounding of the Limpopo province, an area spectacular with immaculate scenery and some of the most perfect bike trails within the country. Drawing in the community and opening up gateways to the local tourism and creating helpful benefits to local charities, the first event kicked off with great success. This year the event brings you that same fun and thrill seeking adventure that will lift your spirits in the wind and have you enjoying the sport that you love!

Miss Limpopo 2015 - Beauty Pagent 

When:  12 December, 2015

Where:  Meropa Casino, Waterberg, Capricorn, Vhembe, Mopani & Sekhukhune

Contact Person(s):  Matlakala Bopape - Miss Limpopo Trust Chair

Tel:  +27 15 291 4836

Spring Festival:

When:  19 - 27 September 2015

Where:  Haenertsburg Village, Cheerio Gardens & Magoebaskloof Hotel - Waterberg, Capricorn, Vhembe, Mopani & Sekhukhune

Contact Person(s):  Anne-Marie Brook / Linda Miller 

Cell:  +27 82 883 4449 (Anne-Marie) / +27 82 575 5738 (Linda)

Join us for our annual Spring Festival in Haenertsburg Village, Cheerio Gardens and the Magoebaskloof Hotel. A glorious experience in one of South Africa’s best kept secrets – Haenertsburg / Magoebaskloof.

*Information correct at the time of publication - prospective event participants are advised to contact the organisers for any possible updates.

 

 

 

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Part of Kruger to Canyons Route.

South Africa - Limpopo

South Africa - Limpopo

The route combines already well-developed and sophisticated establishments with previously untapped attractions to provide tourists with the option of learning about the local people, their history, culture and customs.

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