Leokwe Camp - Mapungubwe National Park

Leokwe Camp - Mapungubwe National Park

R572 Road Mapungubwe, Mapungubwe National Park 0900 South Africa
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CapeTownBear wrote a review Mar 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Getting to and from Mapungubwe National Park and Leokwe Rest Camp is a challenge due to the potholes. Once there though the staff and surrounds will embrace you and make the journey there all but forgotten.
Excellently well maintained Park and rest camp. Impeccably clean, well serviced and staff that walk the extra mile as a standard.
Animals walk through the Rest Camp and we had the pleasure of elephants at sunrise drinking from the pool.
Definitely bring your own everything as a shop does not exist for supplies and reaching nearest towns is a pot-holed ridden nightmare. Make sure you have all. The chalets have all cutlery and crockery for cooking in the chalet or braai-ing on the ample stoep. Fridge, stove, microwave and usual kitchen appliances all in good working order. Well stocked in that regard.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: Chalets are all surrounded by a shield of sandstone cliffs which all chalets face.
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Merrick S wrote a review Jul 2022
Kempton Park, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for four nights and had plenty to do in the park, loved the swimming pool located in the natural rocks of the area . Outdoor showercwas amazing even in the winter. Well appointed with awesome braai area. Clean and tify serviced daily by friendly trustworthy staff
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Date of stay: July 2022
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John I wrote a review Jul 2021
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So often a return visit to a wonderful place doesn't match the first experience. Not so for our second stay at Mapungubwe National Park's Leokwe Camp.

We were lucky enough to have the same cottage as on our first visit and although we saw fewer animals this time because of the lush growth of plant life after the above average recent rains we did enjoy seeing so many wild birds.

Another first was being able to see the baobab trees dressed in fresh green leaves!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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harene wrote a review Mar 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Leokwe Camp. Mapengubwe National Park. Well worth the money. Lots of wildlife to see. Unfortunately we didn't see leopard, lion, rhino or crocodile, BUT we did wake up at 7a.m. one morning and find a whole herd of 14 elephants, including a bull and 2 calves grazing literally just the other side of our patio, absolutely amazing!!!

I found this to be an opportunity of a lifetime, a bucket list trip.

Thatched houses/Rondavells are quite large, rooms are big. We had 4 person house, bedrooms very spacious, 2 single beds, 1 x king size double, each with en-suite, patio with braai (barbecue.) This accommodation is 11km away from main reception area and assistance should you need it. 1 wood carport per accommodation.

Complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee, wash up liquid, fresh air spray, (not replenished.) Tea towel, dish cloth, face and bath towels, oven glove, soap. Showers are attached to bedrooms but effectively outside, very rustic but still private.

Microwave, kettle, toaster and family size fridge freezer. Loads of pots, pans and utensils including tin opener and bottle opener. If I had to make a negative observation it would be that a two ring electric hob is not enough for a family.

No hairdryer or iron.

Maid does washing up, changes towels, beds made or changed and cleans daily. Our lady did an excellent job every day.

No internet, no wifi but if you have a SA mobile you may get a signal for phone calls and possibly internet at the highest points of the walks/observation points. SA's watch out if you are on any of the high walkways as roaming might kick-in due to provider saying you have left the country as you are so close to the border.

Loads of electrical sockets. Plugs are round 3 or 2 pin.

Satellite TV, many languages, French, German, English, Dutch.

There are organised trips/safaris/walks, R202 to R363 pp, we didn't take any.

Pool: at the back of Rondell 17/16, quite small, fed by a small waterfall, far end overlooks view. Also picnic area, barbecue area and camp fire area.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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cherylp245 wrote a review May 2016
Boksburg
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived on Sunday 15th May 2016. Booked in for a 5 night stay we catered for breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 5 days. Bearing in mind that no provisions are available for purchase at this park and the nearest town is 70km away. On arrival we were booked in and told that there would be load shedding until 6pm. 6pm came and went and no electricity. No-one came to our camp 11km from reception, to inform us as to what was going on. At 7 30pm we were really concerned as our meat was defrosting and our refrigerated products were no longer cold. All we had were 2 candles. We decided to drive to the gate to find out what was going on to be told that Eskom was busy doing a repair. However, Eskom's vehicle was parked near the gate apparently broken down. We asked to speak to the Manager but were told that he was away for the weekend. In fact the Camp Manager, Duty Manager and Hospitality Manager were all away! No-one in authority was able to assist us. We were very despondent. We went back to our chalet and spent a miserable night knowing our food supplies were deteriorating by the minute. We had no air con and could not open windows as there is no netting on the windows. We could not even have a cup of coffee. The next morning we went back to the reception to be told the Manager would be back at about 10. They were unconcerned. We discovered then, that they actually had a generator but no-one offered to let us plug in our small deep freeze over night. We asked if they could perhaps arrange for alternative accommodation in Kruger Park but were told, sorry no signal here. We left reception to drive down the road to where we could find signal and try to arrange alternative accommodation for ourselves. We went back to our Chalet to pack and on our way out of Mapungubwe went into Reception to check out. The Manager had returned in the meantime but had now gone across to the other side of the Park. He did not come to see us which was surprising unless of course Reception failed to tell him of our dilemma. We were one of 4 families who vacated on Monday 16th May. All that was needed to keep us happy was to have our deep freeze plugged in to their generator until the power was restored. I believe that the power only came on, on Tuesday at 4pm. After saving up to go to Mapungubwe we have not even seen the Park. We are Pensioners and this trip cost us a lot more than we bargained for. We relocated to Shingwidzi in Kruger Park and the service there was great and we had a really good time, but what we set out to achieve (discovering Mapungubwe) did not have a happy ending for us and we are now very reluctant to go back. Cannot understand how every Manager vacates the park and leaves no one in charge.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sarracenia wrote a review Jan 2015
Norman, Oklahoma
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 2 days at Leokwe camp, chalet #10. Beautiful views from our nice patio. Very well appointed chalets and very large. Ac in the main room is useful during the hot time of the year (January and February).

The swimming pool is set amongst natural rocks and it is very scenic. Just below the pool there is a smaller pool for the elephants to come and drink. This they can do in the dry time of the year.
This camp is unfenced unlike most camps in Kruger National park. You are not supposed to walked around even in the daytime and after 6:30 pm you are not supposed to be driving around either.

The distance from reception where you check in to the camp is 11 km (about 6 miles) and the road is in not the best shape. A high clearance vehicle is not essential but it is nice to have. All roads in the park are dirt and some are 4X4 only.

We did not go to far from the camp but we did visit the confluence point lookouts (4 of them in succession) and the bird hide. The lookouts require a bit of a walk on a paved trail but the area is not fenced. We saw elephant dung on the trail so you have to be alert if you go to the lookouts. There is a ranger or two that live in this area in case you have any problems. Bathrooms are available and are very clean. There are actually two areas with lookouts. Both are very impressive. You get magnificents views of the Limpopo river and the beautiful gallery forest next to the river. With binoculars you can spot crocodiles and we saw a group of elephants by the river in the distance.

The bird hide was absolutely amazing, the only negative was the numerous baboon droppings in some parts of the boardwalk. This boardwalk is elevated and you go over part of the floodplain over grassy terrain. The boardwalk is fairly long and you end in an area where you get nice views of the Limpopo river. This part towards the end of the boardwalk is damaged. Birding while on the boardwalk is very good as you are pretty high and have good views of the tree tops. The area is fairly open so you have good chances to spot the birds. Maeves starlings and Meyer’s parrots where just some of the numerous birds we spotted while there. I would recommend going there as early as possible after 6 am when you are allowed to drive the roads in the park. Look carefully ahead since the door to the blind does not close very well and we actually found it open.

The restaurant is near reception and it is not really much of a restaurant. Menu is fairly limited and the area where you can eat is small and in the open. I would recommend bringing all your groceries and cooking your own meals as the chalets have everything you may need to cook (microwave, electric kettle, toaster, pots/pans/utensils etc). The small shop near the restaurant has very limited supplies and you are far from Musina the nearest town so it is important to bring all food items you may need.

A great location, relaxin and interesting with lots to see in a short distance from the camp. No internet is available as was the case in most of Kruger national park.

A ranger/guard is on duty near the pool during the day.

The baobab trees were very impressive in this park, some very large.

We did not have time to visit the museum, but it looked good. The archeological areas have to be visited with a ranger as part of an organized archeological tour.

A beautiful place and not crowded at least in January. I would return to this camp.
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Date of stay: January 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lana A wrote a review Jul 2014
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mapungubwe is absolutely beautiful with breathtaking scenery. Leokwe camp is lovely and the chalets are very well appointed and modern. We saw lots of elephant but very little other game, but the scenery is so beautiful that it did not worry us. We visited the museum and loved the architecture. The only gripe I had is that it is not very tourist friendly. The shop was closed and not very well stocked anyway and the restaurant had no bottled water or milkshakes. Otherwise loved our stay there and is also good value for money.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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jgm2 wrote a review Nov 2013
West Sussex
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An outstanding find. We stayed here prior to crossing into Zimbabwe at Beitbridge The next day. The reception could not have been more helpful particularly since we'd contrived to lose all our paperwork for the holiday (including the paperwork we'd need to cross the border) at some point during the day. They let us phone our Car Hire company and generally made what was a pretty stressful situation more bearable.

The game park was great for a 2WD vehicle and we were able to self-guide around with no problems. The camp itself is totally open to the park and there are great heaps of elephant dung right next to the chalets although no sightings in camp for us. The chalets themselves are incredibly well appointed. Ours looked like Fred and Wilma's house. A real Flintstones experience but warm (it was winter) and secure. Beautiful views over a small valley in the morning.

Out and about in the park you can drive to a lookout and leave the car and see the meeting of three countries. An fabulous panoramic view. We also got to see a couple of chaps wading through the Limpopo from Zimbabwe into South Africa. Had we realised we'd be in for a five-hour wait filling in forms and battling with queues and institutionalised incompetence at Beitbridge we might have joined them. Although the Car Hire people, who were no doubt already alarmed at the state in which I returned the vehicle would have had a heart attack if I'd attempted to ford the Limpopo in it.

The outdoor showers (outdoor but attached to the individual chalets) proved surprisingly popular with my wife and kids.

A real oasis and worth visiting just for that view over the Limpopo.
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Date of stay: August 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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DeeR S wrote a review Mar 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first visit to Mapungubwe NP, we stayed 4 nights in Leokwe Camp over the long weekend. The camp is perfectly situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by beautiful sandstone cliffs, is very quiet and secluded which definitely gives one the feeling of peace & tranquility away from the madding crowds.

The chalets are really lovely, well equipped and nicely laid out with views over the bush & surrounding rocky outcrops. We loved the bathroom with it's "open air" outdoor shower. The pool area is lovely & has facilities for braaing / picnicing, there is a tuck shop advertised on the board but we did not see that opened during our stay which is a pity.

The park itself is really beautiful with the most amazing scenery which for us as first time visitors was a pleasant surprise & not what we expected. The roads are well maintained, even though here & there, there are still small sections affected by the recent devastating floods. The Treetop Walk is beautiful, however the last 50m & the hide itself is still closed due to the flood damage. The Maloutswa Bird Hide in the Western section was also all but wiped out & is still under water. Hopefully these are restored shortly as they are beautifully placed.

We saw a lot of game in various parts of the park, the Khongoni & Kanniedood 4 x 4 routes are well worth doing if you have the right vehicle & they wind through big plains where the animals are easily found.

We did the whole of the Tshughulu 4 x 4 Eco Route, again the scenery is really stunning. The route is well worth doing (definitely with the right vehicle with low range or at the very least diff lock) & in our opinion could even be charged for as per the Kruger 4 x 4 routes as this certainly rivals those for scenery & adventure! There are parts shown on the park map that are not accessible at all & have not been used for some time, some of the direction signage is missing so the route not clear (thank goodness for Tracks4Africa navigation) & we had to do a few tight u-turns at certain points, but what you can do is excellent.

The Interpretive Centre is great & the museum is very interesting. We did not eat at the restaurant but it looks very nice. The little shop was nt open on arrival mid morning, but had been opened by the time we had been through the museum. It has a small selection of curios & collectables. My husband did the Mapungubwe Hill tour with Cedric which he said was well worthwhile & very informative. Having done that he found the museum even more fascinating having heard the background beforehand.

Overall this was a terrific experience, the park is a well kept secret & a real gem and we will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: March 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jerry Buirski wrote a review Jul 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You cannot get further from Cape Town inside South Africa than to visit Mapungubwe National Park, so when we finally got there and entered this excellent chalet we were gobsmacked. Simply everything you needed for a self-catering holiday was right there, including a microwave and even satellite TV. In addition it has been excellently put together, consisting of three interlocked rondavels. By sitting on the veranda we could look straight over the valley towards the Verreaux eagle nest where we could see one of them brooding on it all day. The really nice small pool among large rocks was a delight and it was clear that elephants drank there often. At night a huge eland bull came visiting and the next morning we saw a waterbuck. Since the surrounds are raked regularly we had a look at animal tracks and were certain that we saw those of the nocturnal brown hyena.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Number 17 is the best chalet. Close to the pool and opposite the eagle nest.
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Thokozani M asked a question Aug 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa279 contributions23 helpful votes
Do day visitors have access to the Leokwe Swimming Pool?
Ngwako asked a question Sept 2020
Kempton Park, South Africa
Are there drives to the original Mapungubwe ruins?
Answer from Tracy
Breda, The Netherlands159 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed at Loekwe in July 2018. There is a double electric hob, double sink, microwave, electric kettle, toaster and full fridge/freezer. Outside you have a braai. There were plates, cutlery, saucepans and frying pans but we missed a couple of items – 1 wine glass and 1 side plate (fortunately we had two apartments so we “Borrowed” them to make a full set). You can buy wood at the ‘tuck shop”’ but make sure you bring everything with you. I have just uploaded a photo of the kitchen onto the Leokwe Camp review page (it may take a couple of days for it to be processed). Have a great time, it is a wonderful park.
Fran C asked a question Dec 2017
London, United Kingdom10 contributions12 helpful votes
Could you tell me whether the chalets have ovens and how big the freezers are?
Answer from anri_gerber
Johannesburg, South Africa585 contributions59 helpful votes
No ovens, but microwave and a two plate hob👍
Fran C asked a question Dec 2017
London, United Kingdom10 contributions12 helpful votes
Do the huts at Leokwe have ovens?
Answer from anri_gerber
Johannesburg, South Africa585 contributions59 helpful votes
No oven but hob and microwave👍
CapeTownBear wrote a tip Mar 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa192 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chalets are all surrounded by a shield of sandstone cliffs which all chalets face."
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J Heller wrote a tip Nov 2019
3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pay extra for the "better view" option! All the cottages are gorgeous, but this one's worth it!"
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Steve J wrote a tip Mar 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa71 contributions25 helpful votes
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"All the bungalows have good views of the rocky 'amphitheatre' dotted with baobab trees"
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stephen c wrote a tip Aug 2018
Gaborone, Botswana197 contributions81 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"choose a chalet near the hills"
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Judy S wrote a tip Jun 2018
Johannesburg35 contributions8 helpful votes
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"number 18 - best view"
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Which popular attractions are close to Leokwe Camp - Mapungubwe National Park?
Nearby attractions include Mapungubwe National Park (4.8 km) and Mapungubwe Museum (4.9 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and barbeque facilities.
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Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Mapungubwe National Park (4.8 km).
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