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Hlanganani 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.

Heritage South Africa
Accommodation is offered in an indigenous tribal homestead with banqueting/conference facilities. Guests can experience...

   Activities

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Mtititi Zama - Traditional Dance Group
Mtititi Zama is a group of traditional dancers that performs on request. The group was started as a means to conserve cu...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Chivirikani Project
This group spesialises in traditional clothing, traditional xibelana and school uniforms.

Dangisani Nghomunghomu Project
This group does beadwork (vuhlalu), carving (kuvatla) and makes traditional mats (switheve).

Hundukani Women's Club
This club was started to encourage the youth to inherite their culture and to create jobs for the local women. Items fo...

Khupukani Co-Operative
This group specialises in sewing, beadwork and traditional dancing. They also manufacter traditional clothes. 

Lombard Hluvukani Project
The Hluvukani Project is located near the Swiss Missionary Church in Lombard Village. The members of this project have t...

Lombard Khomani Switiya
This project was initiated to support and enhance the Tsonga culture and its traditional activities. The group makes tra...

Magona Hlayisanani Art & Culture
Items on sale: Clay pots; Traditional clothes; Necklaces; and Traditional mats for wall decoration. They can al...

Mtititi Magic - Tsonga Textiles Redefined
The Mtititi community comprises four villages - those of Plange, Altein, Lombard and Muhunguti - where the Tsonga cultur...

Nhlawulo Handcraft Project
This group manufacterers a range of wooden products. These include: Wooden chairs (these include folding chairs); T...

Nkayele Old Age Project
This project sells wooden products that include spoons and bowls. They also do beadwork and produce clay pots, calabashe...

Pfuka Gaza u vona swa Vanwana (Bevula)
Tsonga for 'help each other’, ‘Pfuxanani’ is an apt name for this project that was initiated entirely...

Phungwani Tiyimeleni Co-operative
This co-operative was initiated as an empowerment effort for the women involved. They make and sell traditional Shangaan...

Tiakeni Pottery and Multi-Purpose Co-operative
This project provides you with the opportunity to watch a broad spectrum of traditional arts and crafts from beading to...

Tikarthateni Primary Co-Operative
This business was started by a group of women to restore their culture and to create employment. They also do agricultur...

Tivumbeni Manufacturing Co-Operative
Items on sale: Clay pots; A variety of beadwork; and Traditional mats.

   Environment

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

Hanyani Irrigation Scheme
This is an irrigation scheme in Limpopo that grows a range of vegetables.  These include spinach, tomatoes, mealies...

Kruger National Park
Paul Kruger, then president of the Transvaal Republic, proclaimed a portion of wilderness between the Crocodile and Sabi...

   Services

Below is a list of services on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Kayela Traditional Dancers
This is a group of traditional dancers.  They are located in Gouhu Village and will gladly perform for visitors on...

Swaseka Ka Mtititi Traditional Dance Group
The Swaseka Ka Mtititi Traditional Dance group performs with traditional attire, traditional drums and Kudu horn. Their...

 

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The Hlanganani Route is situated in Limpopo on the north-west border of the Kruger National Park. Hlanganani is a Shangaan/Tsonga word meaning 'get together'. The route stretches from the Punda Maria gate towards Louis Trichardt and then joins the R81 road towards Giyani. The route winds its way through many small villages in the Malamulele district and is five hours’ drive from Gauteng and two hours’ drive from the city of Polokwane. The route is located in a malaria area.

The route is ideal for visitors to the Kruger National Park who wish to gain a better understanding and insight into rural life in Limpopo. Local people are eager to see greater benefits from the park and will welcome visitors into their villages and show them traditional practices, dances or sell their local craft.

The villages adjacent to the Kruger National Park are predominantly inhabited by Tsonga-speaking people. Villages are often named after the tribe that resides there, for example Mtititi, Mahonisi, Dinga, Mhinga, Mphambo, Xigalo and many more. Many of the communities suffered great spiritual loss when they were forcibly removed from their ancestral burial grounds and sacred sites when these were incorporated into the Kruger National Park in 1938. Others like the Makuleke people were evicted from the Pafuri Triangle as recently as 1968. Fortunately, the Kruger National Park's Social Ecology Unit has, in some instances, succeeded in securing access for these people to visit these sites.

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, Limpopo

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, Limpopo

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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South Africa - Limpopo

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The Hlanganani route is situated in the northernmost part of South Africa, in Limpopo on the north-west border of one of Africa’s finest parks, the Kruger National Park.

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