125,754 km2 (48,554 sq mi)
At the dawn of the new South Africa, a notable consideration for the new name of this province was Mapungubwe, the area where the most ancient gold-using civilisation of the province had been discovered a few years earlier. The 5th biggest province in South Africa ended up being named after the second biggest river in Africa. The Limpopo River that flows across the Limpopo Province has its etymological origin from the Sepedi word diphororo tsa meetse – whose textbook meaning is ‘strong gushing waterfalls’. The province was formed from the northern region of Transvaal in 1994, and initially named Northern Transvaal. The following year, it was renamed Northern Province, which remained the name until 2003, when the name was formally changed to Limpopo. While the province of Gauteng is touted as the towering economic hub of Africa, Limpopo once boasted rubbing shoulders with Dow Jones & Company in New York. The Sunland ‘Big Baobab’ in Modjadjiskloof is one of the biggest of its species in the world and has made the cover of the Wall Street Journal. Situated on the Great North road to Zimbabwe, Polokwane is the beating heart of Limpopo. The capital’s coronary arteries of Seshego, Westernburg and Nirvana bustle with a population circulation larger than that of any part of the province.