Attractions – Mapesu Private Game Reserve
Mopane Bush Lodge is located within the pristine wildlife haven of Mapesu Private Game Reserve, a private game farm for the exclusive use of guests of Mopane Bush Lodge. Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, tracking game, game viewing, birding or bush drives, this evocative wilderness area provides a safe environment for these activities. Touch the face of Africa.
Adjoining the Mapungubwe National Park, Mopane Bush Lodge, as the name suggests, is situated within rolling landscapes of mopane veld on the 7200 hectare Mapesu Private Game Reserve. It lies in the summer rainfall region of Southern Africa with typical hot African summers and warm winters.
This reserve, crisscrossed with dry watercourses, low hills, and rocky outcrops, is home to an astounding array of wildlife and an impressive diversity of indigenous and endemic botanical life.
Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, game tracking or bush drives this evocative wilderness area provides a safe environment for game viewing, birding and sensing the bush.
There are clearly marked walking trails from the lodge to the Mapedu River and our dam hide. Walking in the bush allows you to step into the wilderness and become a part of the patterns and movements of the resident wildlife and its ancient habitat.
This region offers particularly rewarding birding, especially in our summer months (October – March).
The Northern boundary of Mapesu is the Southern boundary of the Eastern end of the Mapungubwe National Park. Sometime in the future, Mapesu Nature Reserve will be incorporated into the proposed Greater Mapungubwe TransFrontier Park, incorporating the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and adjacent areas of Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe National Park and the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve in South Africa
With the incorporation of Mapesu Private Game Reserve into the proposed TransFrontier Park, the boundary fences between the properties will be removed. This will enable the wildlife to roam over a much wider area and the whole area be brought under common conservation management