Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Musina Nature Reserve (6.2 km from Musina(Messina))
Spot rare antelope and marvel at bizarre trees
Previously named Messina Baobab Forest Reserve for the highest density of baobab trees in South Africa, Musina Nature Reserve is also home to the rare sable antelope.
Other wildlife you are likely to see is giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland and other antelope. Drive the two-hour circular route or get on...
Galleries and Museums
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (60.4 km from Musina(Messina))
Can you hear the drum beat; can you feel the earth spin?
Venture off the beaten track 50km north-east of Louis Trichardt on the R523 between Thohoyandou and Makhado and you’ll find the Museum of the Drum and Dzata ruins.
The rural peacefulness of the place makes it hard to believe that this was once a thriving community. This significant...
Thohoyandou (63.8 km from Musina(Messina))
One of South Africa’s largest natural lakes, Lake Fundudzi is situated near the northern part of the Soutpansberg. Visitors need special permission from Venda leaders to go there which makes its allure even more powerful.
The lake and its surrounding lush forests, waterfalls and mountains is imbued with a mystical and spiritual atmosphere. The...
Tshipise (68.6 km from Musina(Messina))
Sagole Baobab, also known as the Sagole Big Tree, is South Africa's largest baobab.
The impressive tree is located just east of Tshipise in Limpopo. It proudly stands 38.2 metres high, and has a whopping trunk diameter 10.47 metres. It's size is truly something to marvel.
Soutpansberg (70.5 km from Musina(Messina))
Mashovhela, also traditionally known as “the place where the drums can be heard”, is the second most sacred place in Venda folklore. This sacred site is still used occasionally by sangomas in rain-making ceremonies. A few years ago the sangomas beat their drums - shortly after which Venda had the heaviest rains and most devastating floods in...
Thohoyandou (72.9 km from Musina(Messina))
Tramp through the Sacred Forest of Magoebaskloof
Easily one of the most stunning trails in the Limpopo, this four-day hiking trail will take you through the mountainous eastern fringe of the Soutpansberg.
The trail winds past a number of revered sites and the burial grounds of Venda chiefs.
A mystical atmosphere permeates the lush indigenous...
Game Reserve in Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (75.9 km from Musina(Messina))
Home to the elusive African wild dog and four of the Big 5, Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve is an exciting addition to Mapungubwe National Park, the site of southern Africa’s first kingdom. Here you can experience quintessential Africa in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, just 80 km from Musina in the Limpopo Valley.Best loved for its wildlife,...
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (78.6 km from Musina(Messina))
Louis Trichardt Golf Club is one of the best 9-hole courses in South Africa, if not the best.
The course features beautiful trees and is kept in excellent condition all year around. You'll experience a very friendly club atmosphere with good facilities, including a bar, board room, function facilities, halfway house, pro shop, putting green and...
Galleries and Museums
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (80.1 km from Musina(Messina))
The Dancing Fish Gallery presents an exhibition about Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho culture, as well as their developments with arts and crafts from traditional, to transitional and contemporary.
The craft art shop, linked to the gallery displays arts and crafts from 25 individual artists and crafts groups in Northern Limpopo. If you're keen...
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (86 km from Musina(Messina))
Roodewal Nature Reserve is a birders paradise where you can spot species like African broadbill, narina trogon and the eastern nicator. The reserve is just outside Louis Trichart and the guide is willing to meet you at your place of residence.
Morning, half day and full day trips can be organised with Sam Mulaudzi. Please call for further...
Game Reserve in Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve (89.2 km from Musina(Messina))
The Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve near Makhado offers a wonderful getaway for nature lovers, birders, families and school groups. Visitors have the chance of spotting a variety of wild animals and birds including wildebeest, zebra, kudu, impala, giraffe, bushbuck, waterbuck, tsessebe and nyala. Energetic folk can explore the reserve on foot...
Game Reserve in Makuya Nature Reserve (96.9 km from Musina(Messina))
Makuya Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park near the Pafuri Gate on the north side. The Luvhuvhu River forms a natural divide between Makuya and Kruger, which is easily formidable by wildlife, so you can expect to see the Big 5 as well as any other mammal that you would see in the Kruger. Makuya is only accessible...