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“Impresive historic and geographic context” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe National Park
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Impresive historic and geographic context”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2015

This UNESCO World heritage site should be on every African's must visit list. The geography, including the Shashi-Limpopo confluence is impressive. Park facilities need a managerial intervention and massive maintenance initiative. Many elephants, impala and other game. Visit the award winning Interpretation Center to not only learn about history but also to experience top rate architectural design.

Visited April 2014
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Polokwane, South Africa
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“Great place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

What a great camping site and i am so glad that everything was so clean and well looked after! great place to go if you have a long weekend.

Visited March 2014
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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“A 'Must Visit'”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

We have just returned from Mapungubwe where we spent 4 nights at the Mazhou Camping site, which must be one of the most beautiful camping sites that I have ever seen. Beautiful Nyala trees offering shade to every site. Clean and well maintained ablutions and sites. Dan who looks after the site is a great PRO and has extensive knowledge of both birds and wild life. The camp is fenced only for elephant and then, only if the gate is kept closed, however most of the campers didn't bother to close the gate and as a result we had elephants in the camping site, it was wonderful. Also a number of bushbuck, including a baby, bush babies and monkeys [which are a problem]. Wonderful birds. The park itself is different and a 'must' to visit. None of the camps are catered but the food at the restaurant at the info centre is well priced and tasty. They also have arranged drives and walks although we did not go on any. The bird hide in the Western sector is wonderful, it has just been rebuilt and although the walkway is not yet complete we spent wonderful hours there - plenty of game and birds to view.

Visited November 2014
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Welkom, South Africa
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“place of kings and eldphants”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

The Reserve is not very big and can be enjoyed over a long weekend. Although small it is rich in culture. That can be enjoyed by taking a hike up the mapungubwe hill with a guide. And then visiting the museum rounds of that experiance.
Driving the reserve will be an advensure when meeting the ellies.
Don't forget to take a picnic basket with to be enjoyed at the convluence of rivers. Andmake a piont of walking the treetop walkway.

Visited July 2014
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“Disappointing accommodation”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

I would like to warn people who are considering booking to stay at Tshugulu Bush Lodge, Mapungubwe. It is 18 km on the tar road from the main entrance of the park, on a different piece of property. It is not part of the actual reserve. I felt that I was misinformed as this information did not appear on the website. The standard of the accommodation is also not up to that of other SANPARKS Lodges, however the price is the same (I feel it is over priced for what you get). When I enquired as to the lack of lounge and other furniture, I was informed that they had had a flood and that they are in the process of refurnishing. I felt that we should have been informed and/ or given a discounted rate. The accommodation on the actual Reserve is new and more modern. This lodge is an old dwelling that was at one time a hunting lodge. I felt the museum and the tour to the Heritage Site was well worth the visit and although the park doesn't have much game, as it is free to migrate across the rivers/ borders, it was a very scenic park and am glad I made the trip to visit it.

Visited July 2014
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