Geography and history

The Vhembe region’s western section is totally dominated by the rocky spine of the majestic Soutpansberg. This area of the region is a fertile, well-watered plateau that supports a wide variety of crops and cultivated lands. The Vhembe region’s rustic beauty can be ascribed to traditional African cultures that thrive in the swelter of valley bushveld and forests and also a wealth of legends.

The best way to explore the Soutpansberg Mountains is by hiking the Hangklip Trail. A rough road will lead the adventurous tourist to the largest Baobab in the country – its measurements to date states that it has a girth of 43 metres.

For the outdoor lovers who love a good hike or bike trail, the unusual and various activities in the Thohoyandou area will definitely not disappoint. The history enthusiasts will enjoy learning more about the VhaVenda culture.


The Vhembe region offers a variety of visitor accommodation ranging from guest houses and lodges to bed and breakfasts and self-catering units. Please visit our accommodation directory if you would like a list of places to stay in this region.


Other than the Soutpansberg Mountains, there are many must-see sights in the Vhembe region. Visitors who would like a complete list of activities and attractions in the area, can visit our activities directory. This region is also offers a wide range of shops, stalls and locally produced products for everyone to enjoy. Please see our business directory for a list of businesses in this region.

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