Limpopo festivals: Why it's the party province right now

2017-02-26 06:00
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Limpopo is once again poised to receive high volumes of visitors during the 12th edition of the annual Limpopo Marula Festival, especially because of the wide variety and quality of activities lined up for the event this year.

Performing artists

This year, the event will boast artists including Syleena Johnson (US), Mabermuda (Mozambique), Hugh Masekela, MarazA, K.O, Mdu Masilela, Trompies, Candy “Tsa Mandebele” Mokwena, Thebe, Benjamin Dube, Worship House, HHP, Gigi LaMayne, Heavy K, Bricks, DJ Cappuccino, DJ Complexion, DJ Ganyani, Mafikizolo, Penny Penny, King Monada, Joe Shirimani, Brothers of Peace and many more.

Revellers should brace themselves for a thrilling Limpopo Marula Festival as a plethora of activities are lined up for the event.

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Delegates and partners

The festival is expecting international guests from Cuba, Venezuela, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Angola and Namibia.

The festival is aimed at developing a sustainable local economy through various models of development of the marula industry, and the value chain that benefits local communities.

The event is no longer just a festival, but has developed into the Marula Industry Programme, a partnership involving several stakeholders, such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency, the Limpopo Tourism Agency, the Limpopo Economic Development Agency, the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, the Mopani District Municipality, the office of the premier, the Limpopo department of sport, arts and culture, the national department of arts and culture, the Phalaborwa Tourism Association and the Kruger National Park.

It is primarily a programme developed by the Limpopo department of economic development, environment and tourism.

Attractions

On your way to the festival, look out for these other attractions: the Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour; the Sunland Big Baobab; the Modjadji Cycad Reserve; the Agatha Crocodile Ranch; the Olifants River Safari; the Phalaborwa Open Pit Mine; the ATKV Eiland Spa; the Phalaborwa Safari Park; the Amarula Lapa; Jessica the Hippo in Hoedspruit; and the world-renowned Kruger National Park, which lies on the eastern boarder of the province.

Limpopo also boasts two other national parks – the Mapungubwe National Park in the Vhembe district, which is a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation-recognised heritage site, and the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg district.

Limpopo has a number of events with the following being the pinnacle:

The Mapungubwe Art Festival – a celebration of local art and a showcase of national music.

The Marula Festival – a celebration of Africa’s most favourite fruit and its by-products.

There are two music concerts of note featuring a national line-up of artists performing everything from kwaito to jazz.

The cultural diversity of the province lends itself to cultural tourism, including the Ribola Art Route, which is managed by the Limpopo Birding Route.

Limpopo has an international airport in Polokwane, and two other regional airports – one in Phalaborwa and one in Hoedspruit.

Limpopo is home to 10 important birding areas, which comprise the Mapungubwe National Park, the Kruger National Park, the Soutpansberg mountains, the Cape Vulture colony, the Wolkberg Forest Belt, the Polokwane Nature Reserve, the Waterberg-Nylsvlei Birding Route, the Northern Turf Thornveld and the Blyde River Canyon.

In this upper crescent of South Africa, up to the Limpopo River, the birding list stands at an awe-inspiring 600 species, of which 420 birds are resident.

Here, you’ll find a series of mountain ranges plus floodplains, where thousands of birds gather every year, as well as lowland forests and bushy savannahs.

Tickets for both open-air concerts cost R150 at computicket.com

Limpopo Marula Festival packages are also available on the festival’s website. For more information, visit Limpopo Marula Festival - For tourism information, visit Limpopo Tourism Agency

In order to maximise economic beneficiation of the Festival of the First Fruit which is the heritage phenomenon and the backbone of the Limpopo Marula Festival initiative, the festival will be held over a period of two months from January 5 to March 6 2017.

To cater for the diverse needs of our target markets, the following activities and venues will mark the festival period:

District royal kraals and Ba-Phalaborwa royal kraals for the Festival of the First Fruit events (Go Loma Morula Heritage event)

Impala Park Stadium and Lapa (cultural carnival, themed cultural showcase, exhibitions, open-air concert, tourism career expo for students and Marula Brewing Village)

Hans Merensky Golf Club (golf tournament)

Kruger National Park and Namakgale marathon

Hlolwa Lodge – 4x4 Challenge

Phalaborwa local schools – Bulletjies

Various traditional authorities in Mopani, Vhembe, Sekhukhune, Waterberg and Capricorn districts

The Limpopo Province awaits your presence in this year’s Marula Festival Activities!

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