Outdoor Activities at Thabaphaswa, Limpopo
The Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary near Mokopane in the Limpopo Province offers a fantastic family destination, with numerous outdoors activities from 4×4 trails to mountain biking trails, to hikes and walks, trail running, birding, swimming, fishing and exploring in stunning surrounds, and with truly special and unusual accommodations.
The sanctuary is situated on a working Nguni Cattle Farm in the Makapans region – a mountainous region west of Polokwane, rich with indigenous forests, mountain wildlife, birdlife, mountain streams and breath-taking views, and only about an hour from Polokwane and 2 hours from Pretoria on the N1 Toll Road.
The surrounds are perfect for hiking and mountain biking – two of the most popular activities at the Sanctuary, along with bird-watching, 4×4, tree-spotting and playing in the dams. Various trails are offered, some suitable for children and people with disabilities and others more challenging for the experienced mountain-biker and fit hiker.
Accommodation is offered in three different camps, each completely unique.
These include the ‘glass walled’ units at the unique Dome Rock Camp. Each comfortable unit is independent and built among huge boulders that afford occupants absolute privacy despite the glass walls that minimise separation from nature. These units alone can accommodate up to 26 people.
The Kanniedood Camp is built high up a rock face among thick Kaniedood trees and offers unsurpassed views of the thickly forested valley below. The camp consists of triple story stilt shelters, enclosed by reeds, with open air toilets and ablutions.
The Fig Tree Camp offers basic accommodations and facilities and the Pump House Chalet is suitable for people in people in wheelchairs.
Getting there: From Polokwane take the N1 west-south-west in the direction of Mokopane and the Waterberg Region (Bela Bela). At the turn-off for Mokopane you will turn left for a short distance on the the R101. Head into Mokopane and take the Percy Fyfe Road north for 16km.
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