Northern Limpopo is abundant in history, has stunning landscapes of sandstone formations and scattered baobabs alongside a unique ecosystem. Mapungubwe National Park (280km2 area) is adjacent to Mapesu and offers a wide variety of activities that has something special for each person.
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre
Visit the awe-inspiring and award winning Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre & Museum commissioned to house artefacts and provide historical information of the ancient civilization of Mapungubwe. With 1,500M2 the facility also has a coffee shop and gift shop.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
This enriching visit to the UNESCO Mapungubwe World Heritage Site holds important evidence of an African kingdom ruling between AD900-1300, will leave you amazed as to how and why this civilation thrived but later faded into history.
Ancient rock art
The Koaxa’s Rock Art Shelter is an archaeological gem that showcases Bushmen art as old as 3000 years. South Africa is fortunate to have some of the richest legacy of rock art in the world. Visit this extraordinary site and learn about how and why this early expression of humanity was created.
Merging of two mighty rivers
Behold the spectacular views of the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, where 3 countries meet in one point. One can walk the treetop boardwalk with birdhide, see the spectacular panorama at the outlook and behold the land as far as the eye can see.
Baobab tree heaven
This region holds large amounts of these larger than life baobab trees, some which are over 500 years old, with a circumference of 45 meters. Considered “The Tree of Life” they can live up to 2,500 years and are considered a national treasure.
Game / Safari Drives
Game Drives at Mapungubwe National Park; famous for the rugged, sandstone formations alongside its wide variety of wildlife is offered. As well as, game dives at Mapesu Private Game Reserve where one can get the full story of the region & its animals.
Bird lovers paradise
This region is a popular destination for bird watchers. Although over 380 were cataloged in the park and reserve, this region is known to have over 430 species. Grab your binoculars and your birding book and start ticking the boxes!
The Schroda Dam nearby offers not only bird lovers glimpses of the varity of birds but also the angler a go at catching tiger fish. In 2014 , a video was captured of a tiger fish leaping out of the water to catch a bird in mid-flight bringing international attention.
During the conservation drive you will be introduced to the ‘behind-the-scenes’ conservation operations that make Mapesu Private Game Reserve tick. Learn about the conservation management of the reserve and the daily duties ranging from bush clearing, erosion control and anti-poaching to stocking control and fence maintenance.
Mapesu Walking Safari
Put on your walking shoes and join us for a guided walk to stretch your legs and get an immersive experience in the African bush. On foot you are able to experience all what the bush has to offer without being limited to the boundaries of a vehicle. You will gain environmental awareness through listening, noticing and interpreting everything that is going on around you.
Endangered Wildlife Tracking
The aim of this exciting activity is to locate the animals through the use of telemetry, technology and old-fashioned tracking. It will include both mobile and on-foot tracking while accompanied by an experienced guide. We want to make sure we continue to protect these species and offer them a safe place to roam freely.
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