Mapungubwe National Park
Home to various species of eagle and buck, herds of lumbering elephants and a great many contributing factors to the area's notable biodiversity. It is also an area of significant cultural worth due to the archaeological findings made here.
Mapungubwe National Park Highlights
Mapungubwe National Park is a World Heritage Site and offers the perfect destination for safari-goers and visitors wanting to explore the park's wildlife and birds. It offers a haven of peace and tranquility, as well as, a fascinating history of this World Heritage Site.
Guests can enjoy beautiful sunsets at the confluence of the famous Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, as well as, an abundance of wildlife. Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is rich in biodiversity, spectacular scenic beauty and the cultural importance of the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe.
- The permanent pools in the Limpopo offer refuge to crocodile and hippopotamus, as well as a variety of indigenous fish species.
- A highlight of the park is the Mapungubwe Archaeological Site. This location was a precursor to Great Zimbabwe and Thulamela and was also the location where the Gold Rhino and many other artefacts were uncovered.
- What is interesting about this area is that it is one of the few places in Africa that has both meerkats and Nile crocodiles.
Mopane Bush Lodge offers a scenic and educational 6 hour 4 x 4 trail in the Mapungubwe National Park, as well as, tours of the bushman rock art that the area is known for.
Leokwe Camp includes exciting activities; such as, guided tours to the archaeological and cultural sites, visiting the Treetop hide, self guided trails, Eco routes, guided trips to Limited Motorized Zones, birding trips and night drives.
How to Get there
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests to Polokwane Airport (Pietersburg), which is the closest airport and approximately 200 km from the park. Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car for guests from here. Approximately 35km of roads are suitable for normal sedan vehicles. A further 100km is accessible to all terrain (4x4) vehicles. Maps will be provided when booking with us. It is recommended that you fill up at Alldays/ Musina as you cannot buy petrol at the park.
Mapungubwe National Park Game Viewing and Activities
Mapungubwe National Park and the areas surrounding it offer a haven for wildlife, as it is one of the last protected areas of the Limpopo riverine forest. Some of the most endangered large mammals on earth can be found here; such as the black rhino, wild dog, cheetah, brown hyena and elephant.
Most of the large game species occur in the park; however, the population of these species does fluctuate. Wildlife includes a variety of plains game such as Eland, Blue Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Giraffe, Elephant and Warthog. Lion, cheetah and wild dog are rare, but can be spotted.
The bird life is prolific with over 400 species present in the area.