The Limpopo River
with its origin in the interior region of Africa holds an important place for many reasons. The Limpopo River
is Africa's second largest river, when the size of the river is brought into consideration. The other reasons behind its importance are its association with the legendary characters like the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama and the British author Rudyard Kipling. In few of the stories of Rudyard Kipling, it has been mentioned that the Limpopo River is dwelt in by numerous pythons. Vasco da Gama is claimed to be the first European to catch a glimpse of the Limpopo River.
The length of Limpopo River is approximately 1,700 kilometers. The flow of Limpopo River is mostly eastwards. It flows towards the east to drain itself in the Indian Ocean. The Olifants/Letaba River is one of the major tributaries of the Limpopo River. The course of Limpopo River is a crooked one in the north and northeast. The presence of Limpopo River creates a border of Botswana with South Africa.
Water is not seen to flow in the Limpopo River throughout the year. During the dry season, water is rarely seen along the crooked course line of the Limpopo River. But in the rainy season, the water flows heavily. During rainy season, the flow of water is so rapid that large ships can also navigate through the river.
Tourists can have real fun along the Limpopo River, but they are suggested to be careful of the reptiles.