Mapungubwe National Park is one of South Africa’s more scenically beautiful parks with terrain dominated by massive Baobab and Fever trees flanking the mighty Limpopo River. The park hosts leopard, lion, elephant, white rhino and fair numbers of general game. Birding in the area is excellent with over 240 species recorded on the reserve and over 400 in the region. There is a simple road network making it an ideal self-drive option but guided game drives and walks can be arranged with park rangers at the camps and gates. There are superb self-catering and camping facilities available in the park. From a cultural perspective, the area is an absolute gem and Mapunguwe is now a World Heritage Site due to its famous archaeological and San rock art sites. Professionally guided tours of these can be arranged.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 28 000 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Elephant
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Messina

Accommodation in Mapungubwe National Park

Tshugulu Lodge, Mapungubwe

Mapungubwe National Park is a World Heritage Site and the ideal location for anyone in search of an authentic safari experience in an area with extraordinary history. Tshugulu Lodge is a luxury lodge located within the park with 6 bedrooms, a bath, en-suite swimming pool and an exclusive eco-trail. This eco-trail provides an educational, scenic venture through the wilderness. Guests…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, Mapungubwe

Mapungubwe National Park is a World Heritage Site and is home to the Limpopo Riverine Forest, sanctuary to an extensive array of birdlife, and a teeming blend of vegetation and forest flora. The secluded Limpopo Forest Tented Camp getaway is found in the western section of Mapungubwe, close to the Maloutswa Pan Hide. This magical hideaway consists of eight two-person…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Leokwe Rest Camp, Mapungubwe

Leokwe Camp is Mapungubwe’s main camp which is located in the eastern section of the park (nestled in the spectacular sandstone hills of the region) and is modeled on the Vendan Village design. Close to the camp, guests can enjoy the Treetop Hide and picnic area. Visit the Confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo Rivers where three countries meet. The…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Mapungubwe National Park

Species list
Where

Lookout for

Civet
Porcupine
Bushpig
Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Spotted Hyena
Brown Hyena
Jackal
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Gemsbok
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Leopard
Giraffe


BRIDS
Pels Fishing Owl
Thick-billed Cuckoo
Verreax Eagle
Black-faced Waxbill
Tropical Boubou


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
African Rock Python


TREES
Fever Tree
Baobab
Nyalaberry


HABITAT TYPES
Riverine
Savannah Woodland
Flood Plains
Open Water
Rocky Outcrops


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 9