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Mapungubwe National Park

Vital Information

Internal Road Network

Approximately 35km of roads are suitable for normal sedan vehicles. A further 100 km is accessible to all terrain (4x4) vehicles. Fill up your fuel tank at Alldays/ Musina as you cannot buy petrol at the park. All the roads within the Park is gravel. Bookings at Tshugulu Lodge, Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, Mazhou Camping Site and Maloutswa Bird Hide requires one to drive outside the park in order to rejoin the Western section of the Park where the camps are located.

Vehicle Restrictions

No caravans are allowed in the eastern section of the park due to roads conditions. We have a caravan park at Mazhou camping site on the western section of the park.

Fuel Stations: Petrol/ Diesel

There is no fuel station inside the park. The closest filling stations are in Musina 70km and All days 65km from the main gate.

Day Visitors

Entry is via the SANParks Wild Card system, or payment at the gate. Cut off time for day visitors’ entry is two hours before the gate closing time. No open bakkies with people at the back will be allowed in to the Park.

Official hours

Gate, Camps and Facilities 1 September - 31 March 1 April - 31 August
Gate and Reception opening time (travel only allowed from camps) 06:00 06:30
Gate and Reception closing time (travel only allowed from camps) 18:30 18:00

Facilities Opening time Closing time
Restaurant 08:00 20:00
Curio Shop 08:00 16:00
Museum 08:00 16:00
Confluence Shop 08:00 18:00

Please note:

  • Check-in time is from 14:00 and check-out time is before 10:00.
  • In order to allow for check-in and suitable travelling time to the camps, please arrive at the Mapungubwe Main Gate an hour before gate closing time.
  • Late travelling to the camps is only allowed for guest participating in the afternoon activities and those who had dinner at the restaurant (please ensure proof of payment can be produced upon request by the park official enroute to the camp).

Climate

The climate is semi-arid with mean annual rainfall ranging from 350mm - 400mm. Rainfall is highly variable and usually falls during the summer months. Extended periods of below average rainfall occur. In summer temperatures sometimes rise to 45°C. The winters are mild.

Summer can be hot, but bearable and enjoyable if planned correctly. Early summer mornings and afternoons are the most rewarding in the park, for birds, trees and game. Winters are mild. There is on average 10 rainy days per year.

Park Regulations

  • To ensure a safe and joyful trip through our parks, kindly adhere to the Rules and Regulations as stipulated by South African National Parks.
  • The use of drones inside (and over) our national parks is strictly prohibited.


Hints & Tips

  • Mapungubwe National Park is an area with large and dangerous game animals and unguided walking is not permitted. Guests, who would like to arrange activities such as walks, drives and visits to cultural attractions, can do so directly with Mapungubwe.
  • As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
  • Guests should take precautions against malaria when visiting Mapungubwe.
  • All Mapungubwe’s camps are accessible by normal sedan vehicles, but it is advisable to have a 4x4 or high clearance vehicle to ensure an enjoyable drive inside the park. There are also a number of eco-trails for which a 4x4 is required.
  • The closest shops and fuel supplies to Mapungubwe are in Alldays and Musina, both about 70 km’s from the Park. However, the Restaurant, Curio Shop and Mini Confluence Shop sell basic food supplies.
  • The are no debit card facilities available in the Park. Payments can only be made via cash or credit card. Cheques are not accepted.

What visitors need to take:

  • Mapungubwe has a Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a Curio Shop/Mini Confluence Shop selling basic food supplies. The units are self catering and fully equipped.
  • Sunscreen, hat, binoculars, field guides, liquids for drinking.
  • Fill up your fuel tank at Alldays/ Musina.

Conservation

The significance of the Mapungubwe National Park and the areas surrounding it is enhanced by the potential role of the area as a sanctuary for viable populations of some of the most threatened large mammals on earth, such as the black rhinoceros, wild dog, cheetah, brown hyena and elephant. It also is one of the last protected areas of the Limpopo riverine forest.

Scientific Services

The area has tremendous potential for research, both cultural and biological. Currently there is an Elephant Project and numerous cultural research projects.

Projects

Poverty Relief projects worth R48 million was completed during 2002-2004. These projects provided work to more than 1 000 people. A next round of projects is planned for 2005-2007. With this funding the park intend to built an Interpretive Centre and rehabilitate numerous aspects of the park.

Contact Information

  • Email: Mapungubwe National Park
  • Reception numbers: (015) 534 7923/24
  • Hospitality Manager: Tintswalo Mhlongo; tintswalo.mhlongo@sanparks.org; (015) 534 7923/24
  • Park Manager and Interpretation Centre: (015) 534 7925
  • Tele-fax: (015) 534 7926
  • Duty Manager & Emergency Numbers: 076 846 1593 /071 505 7070

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