It being the month of love, local radio station Jacaranda FM embarked on thier “Love Tour” across Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng to share the love amongst the smaller towns in the region. The good folk at Jacaranda asked me to blog about some of the places they were going to and my experiences in them.
Here’s what I had to say…
Bela Bela – warm all round
Formerly known as Warmbaths, Bela Bela in Tswana means ‘the pot that boils’ and is named after the famous hot springs in the town, making it one of Limpopo’s most popular tourist attractions.I’ve been to Bela Bela many times with family and friends. With its warm baths and warm weather, it makes a great weekend getaway from Gauteng. Besides the mineral springs, wildlife and stunning Waterberg mountains there are a heap of sports and adventure activities to keep you busy.
Tzaneen – Land of Legends
Tzaneen is surely one of South Africa’s most underrated districts. I love the green lushness of its farms and gardens, the misty blue-green mountains and its beautiful natural forests. There are different theories to where the name Tzaneen comes from – from the Sotho words ‘tsaneng‘ (gathering place) to ‘tsana‘ (basket of hills). One of the things that intrigues me about this area is the myths and legends that it is steeped in.
Sabie – Jewel of Mpumalanga
Sabie takes its name from the Sabie River and derived from the Shangaan word ‘uluSaba’, meaning ‘the river of fear’. The local Shangaan people feared the river as it often flooded and was infamous for its crocodiles. Sabie is one of the most picturesque towns in South Africa. Voted Town of the year in 2012, it is one of my favourite towns in Mpumalanga and makes a great base to explore the spectacular landscapes of the Panorama Route.
Here’s the route the Love Tour followed:
It was fun writing about these lovely little places that I’ve visited along my travels and reminded me that I need to get off the beaten path and do more exploring of our wonderful country. Hope I can do an epic Mpumalanga and Limpopo road trip soon!