The Valley of the Olifants, the easternmost region of Limpopo, is named after the Olifants (Elephant) River that runs through the region. It is filled with wildlife and untouched wilderness areas. The northern camps of the Kruger National Park lie in this region, as well as many private game parks and conservancies, such as Timbavati, Klaserie, Kapama and Tshukudu.
The Valley is roughly divided into the Central Lowveld/Hoedspruit area, the Northern Lowveld/ Letaba/Tzaneen area and the Phalaborwa/Kruger National Park area.
The Valley of the Olifants with its fruit plantations, softly rolling green hills and valleys, unspoilt forests and magnificent Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range, stands in sharp contrast to some of the other regions of the province with their semi-desert, dry bushveld and grassland savannah habitats. This is an area rich in subtropical “Lowveld” conditions, cultural and ethnic attractions and wildlife, a popular local and international tourist destination. It is also the home of Modjadji, the legendary Rain Queen, and the meeting place of South Africa’s most vibrantly diverse cultural groups such as the Shangaan, Pedi, Tsonga, Venda and the mysterious Lobedu.
To top it all, the people of the valley are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality, and the region itself is renowned for its varied and superb accommodation and recreational facilities.