Mapungubwe National Park- Overview Mapungubwe Safaris
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.
- 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 the 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.Weather & Climate
Mapungubwe goes on the boil in the middle of summer (October to April), when daytime temperatures can soar to 45°C/113°F. Summer is also the Wet season in the park, though the rainfall can be sporadic and rarely lasts a full day. The Dry season or winter (May to September) sees clear, warm days followed by cold nights.
More about the weather and climate
Try to visit Mapungubwe in the first few months of the Dry season, which stretches from May to September. By this time the heat and precipitation of the Wet season (October to April) has gone, but the chilly nights of the later drier months are yet to arrive. The recent rains also wash the dust out of the air, which improves the view of the animals gathering around local water sources.
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