Mapungubwe National Park

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About Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe is unique in South Africa and a park that offers a very different experience for visitors. Mapungubwe is a UNESCO world heritage site and has both cultural and environmental significance. Although wildlife is not as much of a highlight as other parks, the scenery is spectacular and Mapungubwe Hill is the site of an ancient civilisation. Elephant, white rhino and several antelope species are regularly spotted.

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280km² / 108mi²
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450-780m / 1,476-2,558ft
Pros and Cons
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Cultural interest and visits to the 'Lost City' from the Iron Age available
  • Stunning museum and interpretive centre
  • Excellent viewpoints into surrounding countries
  • Great birding facilities including treetop walk and bird hide
  • Good self-catering accommodation for self-drive visitors
  • Off-the-beaten track destination
  • Cultural tour and night drive activities available
  • No high-end accommodation available in the park


Mapungubwe is home to four of the Big Five (buffalo absent). Lions have been spotted, but they are nomadic and occasionally visit the area from neighbouring Botswana. Sightings of any big cats are rare. Elephant, giraffe, white rhino, eland, gemsbok and numerous other antelope species can be seen.
More about Mapungubwe's wildlife


Mapungubwe is characterised by a combination of mopane bushveld and grassland savanna. There are at least 24 species of acacia, but it is the enormous baobab trees that steal the show. The scenery is dramatic with big sandstone formations dominating the landscape. One of the highlights in the park is the viewpoint over the confluence of the Limpopo and Shahe rivers – the place where three countries meet: South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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By Raffaella from ItalyIT

It's nice to see lot of baobad

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