Mapungubwe National Park
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 22 14.600 E 029 24.027 | elevation 590 m/1,936 ft

Mapungubwe National Park is a 280 square kilometer national park that opened in 2004. The Mapungubwe area was home to a prosperous African civilization around 1200 A.D. that traded with places as far away as India and China. Among other significant artifacts, archaeologists excavated the famous golden rhino in 1933, and the park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can see the Big 4 (no buffalo) with sizeable populations of elephant, giraffe and white rhino and over 400 species of birds. The continually delayed opening of the visitor center, museum and restaurant is currently scheduled to occur in May 2010.

Mapungubwe National Park

The park offers a number of activities including game drives, a morning bushwalk (6am, 2hrs, R245) and a heritage site tour (7am and 10am, 2hrs, R135) where you walk to the top of a hill and visit the archaeological excavation site where the golden rhino was discovered among other artifacts in ancient royal graves.


Mapungubwe National Park

There are a number of sleeping options at camps throughout the park including campsites (R145/person) with water taps, electricity and hot showers, safari tents (d R705), cabins (R385/person), and en suite lodges (R2,025).