The province, which named after the Limpopo River, is in the far northeast of the country. It is in an area of subtopical mixed grasslands and trees, commonly known as
bushveld. Polokwane is the capital and largest municipality.
Limpopo has abundant mineral resources, including platinum, gold, diamonds, copper, emeralds, and coal. Along with mining, agriculture and tourism are the other economic mainstays. Cattle ranching is important, as is forestry and the raising of fruits and vegetables, coffee, nuts, cotton, and tobacco. The northern portion of Kruger National Park is in the province. The principal languages are Northern Sotho, Tsonga, and Venda.
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