10 reasons to visit Mapungubwe

Why not plan a visit to beautiful Mapungupwe National Park? Contact us on info@swafrica.co.za for more information and bookings.

1. To experience a National Park, Transfrontier Conservation Area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
and to learn about a place that inspired the “Order of Mapungubwe” – South Africa’s highest
domestic honour it can bestow on its citizens. The park can be experienced by sedan vehicle,
although there are also several 4×4 only routes and on foot at several get-out points, or by reserving
guided walks – particularly up Mapungubwe Hill.

2. To view the meeting point of 3 Countries (South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe) – the Confluence
of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers with the wonderful network of pathways and viewing decks; and
Poacher’s Corner (so called because in times gone by bandits, smugglers and poachers would be able
to choose between three countries to evade any authorities that might be pursuing them).

3. To explore the Lost Iron-Age City of Mapungubwe – South Africa’s oldest organised trade centre and
human settlement. Trace the spirituality of our ancestors with a guided tour of Mapungubwe Ruins.

African Gold art

African Gold art (Photo credit: cool-art)

4. To discover an amazing history in the park’s establishment including political conflict, skullduggery,
cooperation and ahead of its time foresight of conservation and political agendas. Many colourful
and controversial characters lived or passed through the area. Both Cecil John Rhodes and Jan
Christian Smuts had houses within the park’s boundaries.

5. To visit the Mapungubwe Interpretive Centre (voted World Building of the Year at the prestigious
World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2009) to view all the artefacts on display (including
the Golden Rhino, the symbol of Limpopo Province), to learn more about the history and biology of
the park or to eat at the facility’s wonderful restaurant while Klipspringer browse close by and
Mocking Cliff-Chats serenade the patrons.

6. To relax in the homeliness of an excellent choice and standard of Accommodation. Including the 16
cottages and 2 family cottages at Leokwe (a camp surrounded by sandstone cliffs and rings of
baobab); the 8 safari tent Limpopo Forest Tented Camp (set in the gallery forest of the Limpopo); the
Mazhou Camp Site (10 tent/caravan berths also set in the Limpopo floodplain Gallery Forest); the
Vhembe Wilderness Camp (8 beds in 4 A-frame huts nestled in a ravine of sandstone and rock fig);
Tshugulu Lodge (12 beds in 6 bedrooms in a renovated guest house). The 4 fixed accommodation
camps have small plunge pools to help guests cool off from the sometimes intense Limpopo Valley
heat.

7. To witness an astonishing botanic diversity – see a plethora of baobab trees, (some well over 1000
years old and with girths of 10 metres wide); riparian gallery forests of the Limpopo with stately Ana
Trees, Pod Mahoganies, the jaundiced Fever Trees and many more; the gravity defying Rock Fig Trees
that grow sideways and even upside down out of sandstone rock face and miraculously need no soil
but have roots that penetrate crevices and suck out sufficient nutrients.

8. To try and spot over 400 bird species. The park is in a transition area for many arid western species
and more moisture loving eastern Lowveld species. Specials include Pel’s Fishing Owls, Three-banded
Coursers, Meyer’s Parrots, Tropical Boubous and many, many more.

9. To encounter Africa’s large indigenous game – the park is still home to all the large mammals of the
African Savannah ecosystem. It is especially good for elephant and leopard. Viewing game in the


park is about going to the right locations. The numbers of animals may not be as large as Kruger, but
the diversity is just as great and parts of the park offer excellent viewing potential. The Maloutswa
Hide in the Limpopo Flood Plain in the western section is particularly productive both in the dry
season when its waters are a magnet for passing wildlife and in wet years when the floodplain is like a
mini Okavango Delta.

10. To rise along the Limpopo Treetop Boardwalk where visitors are able to walk among the birds and
above the beasts, culminating in a lookout hide over Limpopo River where one can feel the
atmosphere exuded by the river that prompted Rudyard Kipling to quip the phrase “the Great Grey
Green Greasy Limpopo River” in his story The Elephant’s Child in his collection of short stories – The
Just So Stories. The boardwalk is about 400 metres in length and takes visitors on a canopy walk that
is accessible to people of all ages and to people in wheelchairs.

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About SW Africa Destination Management

SW Africa is a tour-operator and Destination Management Company for Southern and Eastern Africa, based in Johannesburg since 1997. No matter what the brief is from you or your client, our professional consultants will tailor something unique to suit your needs. At SW Africa our mission is to provide every client with prompt, accurate, creative and relevant travel advice in a personalised and unique manner. In so doing, we strive to ensure that our clients return home having had the ultimate, unforgettable journey in spectacular surroundings, and all this at a price that they felt comfortable with. If you are looking for a local expert for Southern Africa and Eastern Africa, who provides a personalised and flexible service, we dare claim that SW Africa is the perfect choice! Equipping us in our efforts, we are able to draw on many years of experience in the travel industry, longstanding relationships with all suppliers, extensive destination knowledge and a burning passion for Africa, its people, animals and landscapes. SW Africa is a proud member of Travel Smart Crew, IAGTO, SAGTA, and SITE, as well as an affiliate of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. SW Africa are proud donors to the Love Trust Foundation and invite you to become a donor too! www.lovetrust.co.za.
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