Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe National Park

The wealth of Mapungubwe was realized in the 1930s when valuable artefacts were found on the sacred hill. Further archaeological work revealed the extensive historical importance of the wider region. The mapungubwe Cultural Landscape was declared a national heritage site in December 2001,and listed as a World Heritage Site in July 2003.


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Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is the ideal location for anyone interested in the park's wildlife and birds, to those in search of serenity, identity and the extraordinary history of this World Heritage Site...

Come and join these diverse pilgrims and share unforgetable moments sipping sundowners at the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, watch the eagles soar over Botswana and Zimbabwe's skies, hear the echo of elephant trumpets, take a tree top walk or just relax and absorb the surroundings... Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and the cultural importance of the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe.

Special features
The Lost City
Visitors must experience Mapungubwe Hill, where a far developed African civilisation prospered between 1200 and 1270 AD. A growing Iron Age community already inhabited this area since 900 AD, and became rich by means of trade with foreign civilisations like Egypt, India and China. It´s here where archaelogists unearthed the famous golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom.

Wildlife; Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Rhino, Eland, Zebra, Steenbok, Blue Wildebeest.

Birds;  ( 400 Species ), Kori Bustard, Tropical Boubou, Pel´s Fishing Owl, Blue Waxbill, Black Eagle, Thickbilled Cuckoos.
Plants / Trees; Giant Baobab, Mashatu Trees, Riverine Forests, Aria Trees,  Leadwood trees, Fig Trees, Acacias. 

Activities
Bird watching, Game viewing, Tree top walks, Night drive, Eco drive, Guided walks, Cultural attractions.

How to get there
The Park is situated about 480 km north Pretoria.
The Park can be accessed via the N1 north to Polokwane, and then following the R521 to Dendron / Pontdrift. From here, simply follow the signs to the main entrannce gate.

Accommodation
Leokwe Rest Camp.
Limpopo Forest Tented Camp.
Tshugulu Lodge
Vhembe Wilderness Trail Camp.

A new camping site was introduced to the Park on the 1 st March 2007, Mazhou Camping Site is situated close to the Limpopo Forest, it caters for about 10 caravans and each camping site is equipped with a power point.

The above presentation of the park, is a contribution from © SANParks.org 2004-2009.