Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province, is a region of infinite scenic beauty, beautiful landscapes, majestic mountains, unspoilt wilderness and wildlife. It’s named after the great Limpopo River that flows on the western and northern borders of the province. Limpopo shares provincial borders with Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West provinces. It is also known as the gateway to other African countries as it shares its border with Botswana to the west, Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east. Limpopo’s location makes it favourably situated for economic cooperation with other parts of southern Africa.
The province is home to commercial, industrial and retail property. Various businesses can be found in the province however, agriculture, mining and tourism are the three pillars of Limpopo’s economy.
In terms of agriculture, crops cultivated in the province include tropical fruit (bananas, mangoes, litchis etc.), nuts, and maize. The province is also home to extensive citrus, tea and coffee plantations, as well as forestry. Mining contributes to more than a fifth of the provincial economy. Limpopo's rich mineral deposits include platinum group metals, diamonds as well as mineral reserves such as gold and emeralds. As one of the three pillars of Limpopo’s economy, tourism is a thriving industry in the province and continues to show strong annual growth. This growth is owed to the province’s rich natural beauty, wildlife, and historical and cultural treasures. In addition to the Kruger National Park (one of Africa’s largest game reserves), there are 54 provincial reserves and several luxury private game reserves.
The capital, Polokwane – meaning place of safety, is situated in the middle of the province and is the country’s largest urban centre north of Gauteng. Polokwane is the province’s major commercial and agricultural centre, hosting various major industries including Coca-Cola and South African Breweries. It is also the cultural hub of the region, featuring impressive art exhibitions and historical buildings.
Limpopo enjoys transport routes via air, road and railway. The N1 route from Johannesburg, which extends the length of the province, is the busiest overland route in Africa in terms of cross-border trade in raw materials and beneficiated goods. The port of Durban, Africa’s busiest, is served directly by the province, as are the ports of Richards Bay and Maputo. Polokwane International Airport is the main airport along with other local airports, such as Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit and Kruger National Park Airport in Phalaborwa.