Wildlife Ratings

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

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

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

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Leokwe Rest Camp, Mapungubwe Affordable Self-catering
Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, Mapungubwe Affordable Self-catering
Mazhou Campsite, Mapungubwe Affordable Camping
Mopane Bush Lodge Full Board
Tshugulu Lodge, Mapungubwe Luxury Self-catering
Vhembe Wilderness Camp, Mapungubwe Self-catering

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
Cradle of Humankind & Game Parks of the North Tour Middle 11 days

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Species list

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