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Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

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© 2009 Michael Viljoen
© 2009 Michael Viljoen
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park straddles the borders of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe and joins some of the most established wildlife areas in Southern Africa into a huge conservation area of 37 572 km² (± the size of the Netherlands).
This forms the core of the second-phase transfrontier conservation area (TFCA), measuring almost 100 000km² - the world's greatest animal kingdom.

Limpopo National Park

Limpopo National Park Fact Sheet


The magnificence of Limpopo National Park, the Mozambique sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, provides the perfect setting for an adventure without boundaries and is now yours to explore on one of the wilderness experiences on offer - whether it's a game walk from Machampane Luxury Tented Camp, a hiking trail, a back-packing and fishing experience, a canoeing or 4x4 trail.
Bordering on Kruger National Park in South Africa and bounded by both the Limpopo and Olifants rivers, with the mighty Shingwedzi flowing through its heart, Limpopo National Park is populated with a wide range of wildlife and boasts breathtaking scenery.
The following adventure destinations are accessible from South Africa through tourist access facilities in Kruger located at Giriyondo, north of Letaba rest camp, or Pafuri in the north-east at Crook's Corner. Access from Mozambique is via the Massingir dam in the south or Mapai in the east. For access details, see the attached fact sheet, or visit the Limpopo National Park website.


Machampane Luxury Tented Camp

© 2007 Machampane Lodge
© 2007 Machampane Lodge
Situated in the solitude of a pristine wilderness area in the Lebombo Mountains.

Accommodation consists of luxury en-suite tents on raised decks, set into the river bank and overlooking the Machampane River.

Rio Elefantes Canoeing Trail

© 2009 Machampane Lodge
© 2009 Machampane Lodge
You can spend three days paddling the Rio Elefantes, camping wild in rustic bush camps on its tree-lined banks. A cast for tiger fish, a pod of hippo or the sighting of a rare bird will enthral you on your 70km journey to its confluence with the Limpopo. Trails are portered and catered, and led by an experienced guide. All equipment is provided and you paddle 20 to 25 kms per day.

Elefantes Gorge Backpacking and Fishing Trail

© 2008 Jazz Kuschke
© 2008 Jazz Kuschke
Allowing you to camp wild for five days and four nights as you traverse the plateau above the Rio Elefantes gorge, descending to the shores of Massingir dam to fish for Tiger amongst others - the epitome of freedom in an amazing wilderness area. Trails are led by an experienced guide but you are required to be totally self-sufficient. The terrain is rugged and requires a reasonable level of fitness for the 15 to 20 kms hiked each day.

Palarangala Wilderness Trail

© 2007 Machampane Lodge
© 2007 Machampane Lodge
Where you can spend four days and three nights in a remote rustic camp with dome tents and bush ablutions. Daily guided game walks follow the river or explore the Lebombo plateau close to the Kruger border. Located in an area that has been restocked with game in partnership with Kruger, you have every prospect of encountering a wide array of wildlife. Trails are led by an experienced guide and are fully catered.

Lebombo Hiking Trail

© 2008 Jazz Kuschke
© 2008 Jazz Kuschke
Offers an unforgettable wildlife experience when you spend four days and three nights hiking through this pristine wilderness area, a perfect setting for game and bird viewing.

Trails are portered and catered, and led by an experienced guide. You carry a day-pack, hike 12 to 15 kms per day and overnight in unfenced rustic bush-camps.

Shingwedzi 4x4 Eco-Trail

© 2006 Machampane Lodge
© 2006 Machampane Lodge
Allows you to explore the vast wonderland of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

The five night and six day guided, self-drive, Shingwedzi 4x4 Eco-Trail offers challenging river crossings and the opportunity to navigate seldom travelled tracks.

The glorious adventure of camping-out in this remote wilderness, at the edge of pans and river courses whilst listening to the night sounds of the African bush, will imbue you with the spirit of pioneers gone by.

Machampane and trails reservations

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For reservations for both Machampane Luxury Tented Camp and any of the trails, contact Transfrontier Trails do Limpopo at +27 (0)21 701 7860, email info@tfpd.co.za, visit the website or open the PDF.


Campismo Aguia Pesqueira (Fish Eagle Camp)

© 2010 Craig Hay
© 2010 Craig Hay
Situated halfway between Giriyondo and Massingir and provides the opportunity to camp on a plateau with a spectacular view of the Massingir Dam, measuring 103 km² and featuring an abundance of bird life. The camp features an overlander site that has space for 10 campers, 10 individual camp sites and four chalets.

Campismo Albufeira

Opened late-2007 and is situated close to the Massingir entrance gate, as well as the Massingir Dam wall. It consists of 11 chalets and 10 camp sites.

Campismo reservations

Limpopo National Park Fact Sheet
See the attached fact sheet for details. For reservations at Campismo Aguia Pesqueira, Campismo Albufeira, or the Bushveld campsites, contact the Limpopo National Park Office at +258 87 301 1719 or email pnlimpopo@gmail.com or visit the Limpopo National Park website.

Kruger National Park

© Koos van der Lende
© Koos van der Lende
For details on the wide variety of accommodation options available to Kruger National Park visitors, kindly visit the SANParks website.

Gonarezhou National Park

Chilojo Cliffs © Koos van der Lende
Chilojo Cliffs © Koos van der Lende
In the Gonarezhou National Park,  the last few years has seen a gradual overhaul of most of the existing tourism facilities, with the renovation of Chipinda and Chinguli campsites, development of new picnic sites at the iconic Chilojo Cliffs and attention being paid to improving the facilities on offer at the exclusive bushcamps.  

The maintenance and extension of the road network is ongoing, which is continuously making more of the park accessible for visitors and improving the tourism experience.  

Response to the new developments has been very positive, with tourism numbers more than doubling since 2009, and regional tourists, especially from South Africa, now making up almost a third of all annual visitors to the park.  Visitor satisfaction with the quality of the game viewing has also increased as animals get more habituated to the presence of tourists.

The Chipinda Pools Tented Camp, completed in July 2012, was funded by the Frankfurt Zoological Society as part of the Gonarezhou Conservation Project and comprises four spacious East African style tents. The camp is located high up on the banks of the Runde River offering views over extensive reedbeds frequented by elephants. The riverine fringe provides excellent birding and with some luck one might get a sighting of one of the resident Pel’s Fishing Owls. Groups of nyala, kudu, impala and elephant pass through camp regularly.  Visit this site for details

Gonarezhou Bush Camp is a mobile tented camp, which can be set up at several locations within Gonarezhou National Park depending on the time of year and wildlife movements.

Also on offer are walking safaris and fishing safaris.

For further details on the accommodation options available in Gonarezhou National Park, kindly visit the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority website or the Zimbabwe Tourism website.