Mapungubwe National Park
Mapungubwe National Park
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Rainer M
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great National Park with stunning landscape
Plenty of large animals to see in the self
-drives

Loekwe camp is a dream. We stayed at the family cottages and loved it.
Written 10 April 2024
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Agnes C
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Fantastic park, whether for the landscape or the animals. Too bad the bridge at the lookout was washed away.
Written 29 November 2023
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harry l
Cape Town, South Africa56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Being a Safari and travel guide for the past 15 years, I only occasionally heard the name Mapungubwe. The more surprised was I when I got there.
What a Gem!!
The landscape is simply breath-taking, and the road winds thru the small park so one can explore the park with stops in 2-3hours.
However, right from entering the park one is aware, that again the parks animal density is poorly managed. Most of the millennia old Baobab are badly damaged by elephant and some, even though now strapped up with some wire fence, will not survive the mutilation.
Also other vegetation seems over utilized. Other visitors said, they even saw domestic cattle in the park?!
We stayed in the main camp Leokwe. The cottages are beautifully integrated into the surroundings, modern and offer everything ever needed on a holiday.
But a word of caution! Bring what ever you need with you, from wood over matches meat, bread, everything!. There is just no shop, or nothing what would qualify as one.
The “coffee” is not much better, even though we got eventually a coffee from a very friendly lady, employed by the park. The “museum” must also be booked in advance???
As per so often with South African Parks Board, the Will and intention was there, but……
Still worth a visit, actually a must!
Written 16 September 2023
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Merrick S
Kempton Park, South Africa29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
This is one of the best kept secrets of the central Kruger area as the reserve borders on the Kruger with no shared fences, self drives are awesome as traffic is very scarce and animal sightings are mostly to yourself, all of the big 5 are right here
Written 18 August 2023
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Leesa Steyn
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Best kept secret in SA. Fantastic heritage tour up the sacred hill of Mapungubwe, 1000 year old history and atmosphere to soak in, get to see the famous golden rhino in person (unfortunately no photos allowed) Dramatic and spectacular scenery, elephants dwarfed by mighty baobabs, sandstone formations. The most spectacular view sites overlooking three countries at once. Sunset and sunrise an absolute must. Leokwe camp the best for setting and incredibly spacious and comfortable chalets. Gorgeous rock swimming pool directly overlooking a water hole. Not overrun by visitors so very peaceful. Take all food and necessities as no nearby shops. Camp shops with basically cold drink. Many 4x4 only roads but enough routes for ordinary cars. Walk up Mapunbugwe hill is very very steep, but they let you take your time!
Written 4 July 2023
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Jean F
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Scenic park with secluded clean campsite at Mazhou, Lovely walk to see great views of the Limpopo and Shoshe river confluence, which demarcates 3 country borders. Variety of birds - eagles, marabou storks. We saw elephants come to drink at the hide. Educational museum of ancient African civilization with artifacts of iron age.
Written 6 March 2023
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Ndivhuho
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Mapungubwe is an experience of a lifetime. No under 12 year olds allowed; wish we’d known that ahead of time:
Written 20 February 2023
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Stuart W
Hobart, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I really like this park. Its not big and the animal sightings maybe not the best but the scenery and accommodation (lelokwe) are fantastic. Whe we were there in November it was great to see the rivers in flow. Its a good place to stop over on the way to or from Botswana or Zimbabwe. Top tip - avoid Beit Bridge at all cost - its the worst border crossing on the continent. Its qiicker and less stressful to get from South Africa to Zimbabwe via Botswana. I'll try to attached a photo of an elephant we saw there with a shortened trunk. I'd be interested to know if anyone else had seen him and can let us know how he is doing.
Written 2 January 2023
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Rob O
Kenilworth, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A beautiful national park with plenty of animals and lots to do. We stayed at Leokwe camp, which has excellent, well designed, modern cottages, each with a private view over the valley. There are lots of birds and animals around the camp, including elephants. Although its not fenced, it felt safe (good visibility around, so no surprises). The pool is especially good.

The museum is brilliant. We ate at the cafe and had a nice meal.

Tour of the hill and archaeology with Johannes Masalesa was excellent, very informative. He has deep academic and personal knowledge, being from the area and having a family link to the site. Good wildlife, and a great walk up to the hill. We looked at the excavation, underneath a cover that he unlocked. Then walked up the hill. Superb!

Also good was the drive to the confluence, which has facilities and lots of walkways and viewpoints.

Sadly the canopy walk has been smashed by the Limpopo floods again. It looks like it might not be worth rebuilding in its original form, as the river just destroys it.
Written 25 August 2022
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Merrick S
Kempton Park, South Africa29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We particularly enjoyed the off road routes ranging from mild to moderate in the dry season and I am sure in the rainy season they would increase in difficulty to a lot more serious with different challenges. The park is well maintained with well equipped picnic sites/hides. Some roads accessible with normal vehicles without 4x4. Staff are friendly knowledgeable and professional. We stayed at Leokwe camp , the chalet was well appointed and super clean. The Park is not overcrowded and has a wide variety of mammals and birds amongst others.
Written 25 July 2022
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