Mopani's Route 71 - Limpopo
Route 71 takes you from the capital of Limpopo, Polokwane, to Phalaborwa, on the border of the Kruger National Park. The entrance to the park is, in fact, only about 100m from the town. It's a short drive in total, only 204km. It offers striking scenery of vast contrast... highland and lowland... forest and savannah... cool and moist... hot and dry. The elevation ranges from 500–2,000 metres.
You can fly direct to Polokwane on schedled flights and rent a car for your trip. The distance from Polokwane to Haenertsburg is 58km. The route passes Zion City at Moria where millions of pilgrims gather every year, and rises into the mountains of Magoebaskloof. This is where the Drakensberg ends. The next stop is Tzaneen, about 39km away, if you don't get waylaid by magnificent forests and gorges, or the renown cheesery and gardens. And then it's another 104km to Phalaborwa.
It embraces the "fruit basket" of South Africa, one of its most productive regions, and the biggest concentration of game ranches in southern Africa. The Modjadji Cycad Reserve is the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. It has the second largest baobab tree in the country, the largest remnant of indigenous forest in the country, mountain grasslands and spectacular views.
The area south of Phalaborwa is game reserve country, so why not explore further.
The Route 71 is worth a visit, with several local attractions, along the way and also on the way to the Phalaborwa Gate of the Kruger National Park (voted best entrance gate into Kruger).