The Mapungubwe National Park
borders on the Limpopo river and offers
spectacular views of the river and South Africa's
neighbours, Botswana and Zimbabwe, at the confluence of
the Shashe and Limpopo rivers.
It is situated 60 km west Musina and 230 km north west
of Polokwane, the capital town of Limpopo Province.
The park comprises the Mapungubwe
Cultural Landscape and the
Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.
The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape contains evidence for
an important interchange of human values that led to
far-reaching cultural and social changes in southern
Africa between AD 900 and 1300.
The remains in the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape are a
remarkably complete testimony to the growth and
subsequent decline of the Mapungubwe state, which at its
height was the largest kingdom in the African
Declared a National Heritage Site in December 2001, the
park was listed as a World
Heritage Site in July 2003. The Mapungubwe
National Park covers an area that is well over 28 000
The name Mapungubwe means a place of the stone of
Until its demise at the end of the 13 th century AD,
Mapungubwe was the most important inland settlement in
the sub-continent and extended over an area of about 30
000 sq kilometres on either side of Limpopo and Shashe
The highlight of the park is the Mapungubwe
Archaeological Site. This location was a precursor to
Great Zimbabwe and Thulamela. It was also the location
where the Gold Rhino and many other artefacts were
The Golden Rhino plus displays of pottery, beads and
other aspects of the Mapungubwe Kingdom can be viewed in
the Mapungubwe Museum in the Fine Arts Building at
Most of Africa’s big game still occurs in the area and
the bird, reptile, invertebrate and plant diversity is
There is a viewpoint that offers a breathtaking view of
the Limpopo-Shashe Rivers confluence; there are tree-top
walks that allow visitors access to the Limpopo River
and a bird hide at Manoutswa pan.
This is Mapungubwe’s main camp, located in the eastern
section of the Park in the spectacular sandstone hills.
Close to the camp guests can enjoy the Treetop Hide and
the Confluence View Site & Picnic Area.
The camp itself has a swimming pool and sundeck, as well
as a central braai area.
The following accommodation is available at Leokwe:
One bedroom with 2 single beds, plus a double sleeper
couch, equipped kitchen, bathroom (w/c and shower) and
air-conditioning & ceiling fans installed in all units.
Each unit has a large lapa with braai facilities
Family Cottages (2)
2 Bedrooms, each with 2 single beds, equipped kitchen,
bathroom (w/c and shower) and air-conditioning & ceiling
fans installed in units.
Each unit has a large lapa with braai facilities.
Limpopo Forest Tented Camp:
This camp, situated in the Limpopo riverine forest which
offers excellent birding, is located in the western
section of the Park. The camp is close to the Maloutswa
Pan hide and accessible with normal sedan vehicles.
Accommodation is in the form of Forest Tents with 2
single beds, Barbeque Facilities, Ceiling Fan, Wc and
shower and Kitchen.
There are no restaurant, shop, filling station or phones
The units are self catering and fully equipped. Take all
food, drinks and firewood.
Sunscreen, hat, binoculars, field guides, liquids for
Fill up your fuel tank at Alldays/ Musina.
Gate hours: 06:00 to 18:00
Please note rates do not include daily conservation
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How to get there
The entrance to the Mapungubwe National Park is situated
on the Musina-Pondrift Road - R572 - about 68km from
Mussina and 23km from Pontdrift.
All Mapungubwe’s camps are accessible by normal sedan
vehicles, as are many of the roads inside the Park.
There are also a number of eco-trails for which a 4x4 is
The closest shops and fuel supplies to Mapungubwe are in
Alldays and Musina, both about 70 km’s from the Park.
Gate opening and closing
From 06:00 to 18:00
Check-in / check-out
Check-in is from 12:00 to 18:00 and check-out is before
Health & Climate
Please be warned that the Mapungubwe National Park falls
within a malaria area and it is advisable to take the