Overview – Limpopo NP
Limpopo National Park is the Mozambican counterpart of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The two parks share a 200km border, and 50km of fence line has been removed to make a wildlife corridor. 5,000 animals were relocated from Kruger into Limpopo to restock the park. Wildlife numbers are still very low, but recovery is noticeable. The joining of Kruger and Limpopo national parks is part of the establishment of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), which also incorporates Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.
Pros & Cons
- Large ecosystem with all the Big Five present
- A chance to support a great conservation effort
- Game drives and walking safaris offered
- Four-day hiking trail, canoeing expedition
- 4x4 trail from Kruger to Limpopo
- Can be visited from Kruger NP via a border crossing
- Useful as a transit corridor between Kruger and the Mozambican coast
- Limited choice of lodges and all are in the same area
- Animals are skittish and wildlife density is still low
- Very limited road network
Although a Big Five destination, you probably won’t see a lot of wildlife in the park. Animals are very dispersed and skittish, and there are almost no roads. There has been very little research and little is known of the wildlife in Limpopo, but a 2010 fixed-wing census of the park estimated 1,400 elephant and 1,050 buffalo in the park, as well as healthy populations of sable, kudu and nyala.
Limpopo National Park is mostly located in the lowveld, but this flat land rises up to the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Kruger National Park. There are several big rivers including the scenic Olifants River. At the main entrance of the park, the Olifants River dams up to form a body of water of more than 120km²/46km². Another lovely river is the Machampane River.
Weather & Climate
Limpopo has defined Wet and Dry seasons, which correspond with the summer and winter of the southern hemisphere (opposite to summer and winter in Europe and North America). Summer days tend to be hot (October to April) and it can get very chilly at night during the winter months (May to September).
Best Time to Visit
Wildlife viewing in Limpopo is best during the middle and end of the Dry season (from July to October) when the bush is less thick and animals stay closer to predictable water sources. It does, however, get very hot at the end of the Dry season before the rains break the heat. Bird-watchers might enjoy the lush Wet season months from November to April.
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