The African Ivory Route

The African Ivory Route comprises 8 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 following game parks:

  • Mtomeni in Letaba Ranch – unfenced from Kruger National Park
  • Mutale Falls in Makuya Park – unfenced from Kruger National Park, only accessed by 4×4
  • Nthubu in the Masebe Reserve – plains game only – not Big5

These are all unfenced camps with safari or dome tents on wooden decks. Ablutions are en-suite, and lighting is with solar and/or 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 en-suite ablutions, shared self-catering facilities and solar and/or 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

The 4×4 camps can only be reached with 4×4 vehicles, and offers extraordinary wilderness experiences:

  • Mafefe in the Lekgalameetse

With self-catering facilities, rondavels with shared ablutions, a communal cooking area and paraffin lighting.

Further details can be found here

Download a map of the camp locations