Mapungubwe National Park is home to four of the Big 5 and is an excellent birding safari destination

The Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa, a strikingly beautiful region, is a birder’s paradise, with 240 species recorded in the park and over 400 in the region. Other game species, including lion,elephant and leopard as well as most of Africa’s quintessential plains game are found in the park. The area is an archaeological and cultural hotspot, ensuring that a trip to this park would definitely be worth the while as there is something to do for everyone.

There are several great modern accommodation options in the park, offering self-catering and camping options. Get in touch with the Safari Index team to manage your booking at these and other national park camps by emailing us on bookings @ safari-index.com .

Leokwe Rest Camp

This is the main camp in the park and offers self-catering accommodation. Each well-equipped cottage can sleep up to four people. The camp itself has swimming pool and sundeck for guests to relax. Activities such as guided walks, game drives and night drives provide opportunities for visitors to explore the park.

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Limpopo Forest Tented Camp

This intimate tented hideaway consists of several two-person semi-luxury forest tents as well as self-catering chalets, and is perfect for couples. Each tent is equipped with bathroom and kitchen facilities and is also suitable for disabled persons. The camp itself has a swimming pool and is the perfect base from which to explore the park and experience its incredible wildlife and birdlife.

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Mazhou Campsite

This campsite caters for caravans or guests’ own tents. There are ten sites, each equipped with power points, water points and barbecue facilities. The campsite is located in a wonderfully scenic section of the park and allows for an unforgettable wilderness experience. 

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Mopane Bush Lodge

Situated on a  private game reserve just outside the park, Mopane Bush Lodge is a small family-run lodge consisting of eight traditional-style rondavel (hut) rooms. Each spacious en-suite room has both indoor and outdoor showers, as well as disabled facilities. The huts all offer pleasant views over the Mopane clad countryside. The lodge itself has a bar, swimming pool, and traditional ‘boma’, where fireside meals are often served.

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Tshugulu Lodge

This luxury lodge can accommodate up to 12 people. Rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms and there is swimming pool. The lodge also has its own exclusive eco-trail, with picnic spots along the way, perfect for exploring the park. The lodge is self-catering and there are also barbecue facilities.

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Vhembe Wilderness Trails Camp

This rustic camp consists of four cabins, each accommodating two people. The cabins are all en-suite, with fans, fridges and barbecue facilities. Guests at the camp share fully equipped communal kitchen facilities, as well as a lapa. Guided walks from the camp allow guests to visit the area’s cultural sites and experience the incredible birdlife and wildlife.

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