Mapungubwe National Park
Mapungubwe National Park is South Africa’s youngest and most northerly national park. Covering an area of roughly 28,000ha, it is quite close to the 4 star rated Mopane Bush Safari Lodge, and the park plays an important part in the conservation of the Limpopo Valley’s ecology. Many historically significant African Iron Age archeological and San rock art sites are protected within the park as well as dinosaur fossils and footprints.
Since officially opening on September 24th 2004, Mapungubwe National Park has been developed with roads, picnic sites, birding boardwalks, and hides, walking trails and 4×4 trails. Yet Mapungubwe National Park still embodies the very soul of this primeval continent, an ancient valley where baobabs proliferate and sandstone outcrops preside over a landscape that resounds with heart-breaking beauty.
Here you can stand on a ridge overlooking the confluence of the seasonal Shashe and legendary Limpopo rivers. Physically dividing the countries of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and the focal point of the proposed trans frontier park that will eventually bind them together. Explore the green verges of Kipling’s greasy Limpopo and revel in the wonder of jaundiced fever trees, wrinkled elephants, and dainty bushbuck, surrounded by a dazzling array of insect and avian life.
The park is home to many species of wildlife including elephant, white rhino, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, brown hyena, giraffe, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, kudu, waterbuck, impala, bushbuck, klipspringer. The park boasts an impressive list of 387 confirmed bird species. Check our birding excursion.
The beauty of the park, the fascination of the heritage, the awesome view at the confluence, the magnificent art of the San, the majesty of the baobabs – get it all, on one of these safaris. Mopane Bush Lodge, being quite close to the park, plans and executes tailor made safaris that include the most sought after activities when guests want to get the most rewarding Mapungubwe experience for the time available.
See our rates and begin planning your Mapungubwe safari with Mopane Bush Lodge. Let us know which activities you are interested in when booking and we will do our best to make your Mapungubwe safari the best it can be.
“Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out.” – Rudyard Kipling