Levubu River

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Levubu River (Levuvhu)
The Levubu River in Lanner Gorge, Pafuri
Name origin: Either from the Venda Muvuvhu (hippopotamus),[1] or Mvuvhu (Combretum kraussii), a species of tree growing on its banks[2]
Country South Africa
State Limpopo
Part of Limpopo River basin
 - right Dzindi River
Mutshindudi River
Mutale River
 - location Soutpansberg
Mouth Near Pafuri
 - location Limpopo River, South Africa-Mozambique border
 - elevation 203 m (666 ft)
 - coordinates 22°25′32″S 31°18′25″E / 22.42556°S 31.30694°E / -22.42556; 31.30694Coordinates: 22°25′32″S 31°18′25″E / 22.42556°S 31.30694°E / -22.42556; 31.30694
Length 200 km (124 mi)
Basin 4,826 km2 (1,863 sq mi)
Location of the Levubu River's mouth

The Levubu River or Levuvhu[3] (Tsonga: Rivubye; Venda: Luvuvhu)[1] is located in the northern Limpopo province of South Africa. Some of its tributaries, such as the Mutshindudi River and Mutale River rise in the Soutpansberg Mountains.

The Luvuvhu River flows for about 200 km through a diverse range of landscapes before it joins the Limpopo River in the Fever Tree Forest area, near Pafuri in the Kruger National Park.[4]

A Zambezi shark (Carcharhinus leucas) was caught at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers in July 1950. Zambezi sharks tolerate fresh water and can travel far up rivers like the Limpopo.[5]


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  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Elwyn (2007), Falling into place: the story of modern South African place names, David Philip Publishers, p. 75 
  2. ^ du Plessis, E.J. (1973). Suid-Afrikaanse berg- en riviername. Tafelberg-uitgewers, Cape Town. p. 265. ISBN 0-624-00273-X. 
  3. ^ Olifants River now called Lepelle
  4. ^ Latava and Luvuvhu River River Systems 2001, State of Rivers Report, WRC report no: TT 165/01, Water Research Commission, Pretoria, ISBN No: 1 86845 825 3
  5. ^ Pienaar, U. de V., The Freshwater Fishes of the Kruger National Park, Koedoe Vol 11, No 1 (1968)
  6. ^ Nandoni Dam - Description