Set in the Limpopo valley amidst rocky outcrops, ancient baobabs and mopane trees, the cultural landscape of Mapungubwe is waiting to be explored.
The site of Africa’s first kingdom is also home to the most incredible landscapes, from the lush riverine forests of the Limpopo River, to rocky ridges and cliffs with ubiquitous dense stands of mopane trees. Visit the Mapungubwe World Heritage Landscape and discover a strangely abandoned Kingdom with tales of gold artefacts and ancient civilizations.
The earliest archaeological sites in the area date back thousands of years with evidence of Stone Age tools made by ancestors of modern humans. Venetia Limpopo has a number of significant sites that have been recorded and probably many more still waiting to be discovered. Read More...
The Limpopo valley is home to over 400 species of birds and many special “lifers” can be found here but it is probably the majestic baobabs and herds of elephant that will leave lasting memories of this unique place.
Venetia Limpopo and the surrounding area has some of the best San Rock Art in the country. Their images sometimes strange and mystical, reveal signs of initial interaction between hunter-gatherers, Khoe khoe herders and the first Bantu-speaking farmers.
For the more adventurous and pioneering the Tshugulu 4 x 4 Eco Trail is a must as the trail invites you to discover some of the wild landscapes of the Limpopo Valley.
Venetia Limpopo has the most magnificent accommodation available for families and small groups looking to experience a true African breakaway.
Little Muck Game Lodge is set attractively on a sandstone ridge, within the Mapungubwe National Park. The lodge offers guests breath-taking panoramic views of the Limpopo River floodplain below and comprises three luxury air-conditioned chalets and two separate lodge rooms all en-suite with air conditioners and electric fans. There is a waterhole just below the camp allowing you a safe viewing deck to enjoy the large herds of game that frequent the area.
Following the discovery of the kimberlite pipes on the farm Venetia in 1980, De Beers purchased the farm and the adjoining property Krone in the same year. These farms along with most of the remaining farms in the area were gazetted for agriculture some 130 years ago and as was the case at the time the properties had been heavily overgrazed by domestic stock.
The chief geologist, Alex van Zyl, immediately implemented a strict conservation policy, all domestic stock was excluded from the area and the two properties (Krone and Venetia) were game-fenced, Venetia Reserve had begun. Read More...
Prospecting operations continued and it was in August 1989, during a site visit to the prospecting camp at Venetia, that Julian Ogilvie-Thompson and Mark Berry proposed that the Venetia Reserve be extended all the way to the Limpopo to re-establish, in part, the Dongola Wildlife Sanctuary of which Sir Ernest Oppenheimer had been a trustee. Julian Ogilvie-Thompson, together with Nicky Oppenheimer showed their commitment to wildlife conservation by supporting the proposal and provided the funding to purchase the additional farms that were to become the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve.