The African Ivory Route comprises 10 destinations in Limpopo Province. Situated in a ‘horseshoe’ from Masebe in the east, through the Waterberg, along to Makuya Park and down the Western side of Kruger National Park these safari and cultural camps are all owned by their local communities.
Originally started 10 years ago, the African Ivory Route provides adventure travelers an opportunity to visit remote and fascinating places in Limpopo Province. The name of the route has its origins in the exploits of the hunters of old. With time, things have changed and today our route is grounded in responsibility and respect – for our people, nature and the environment.
The camps fall into three different groups:
Safari camps are situated in the Big5 game parks of the Greater Kruger:
• Ndzhaka and Buffelshoek in the Manyeleti
• Mtomeni in Letaba Ranch
• Mutale Falls in Makuya Park
These are all unfenced camps with safari or dome tents on wooden decks. Ablutions include bucket showers, and lighting is with paraffin lanterns. Game drives and walks are available to guests. Facilities provide for self-catering or catered options.
The Cultural Camps each have 5 x 2-bed rondavels with shared ablutions, shared self-catering facilities and paraffin lamps for lighting. These camps are closely associated with their local, traditional community who will sell visitors meals, and provide an insight into their lives and crafts.
• Modjajdi, in the realm of the Rain Queen Modjajdi and the Cycad forest (near Tzaneen)
• Baleni at the Sautini Natural Hot Spring where salt is harvested by hand (near Giyani)
• Fundudzi in the Land of Myth and Legend near the inland lake of Fundudzi
• Blouberg at the foot of the Blouberg Mountains in the Waterberg
Two 4×4 camps can only be reached with 4×4 vehicles, and offer extraordinary wilderness experiences:
• Mafefe in the Lekgalameetse
• Nthubu in the Masebe Reserve
Both are self-catering facilities. Mafefe has rondavels with shared ablutions and a communal cooking area. Nthubu has safari tents with bucket showers and shared cooking facilities. Both have paraffin lighting.
All the African Ivory Route camps are undergoing a revamp and refresh process with the appointment of Transfrontier Parks Destinations as their commercial operator.