Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa
Top Attractions in Mapungubwe National park
Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa.
Wildlife/faunaMapungubwe National Park has 387 bird species, with over 400 species found in the surrounding area. Some of the birds species sighted in the park include Pel’s fishing owl, thick-billed cuckoos, black-faced waxbill, the yellow-billed greenbul, black-backed puff back and the Verreaux’s black eagle to mention but a few. Mapungubwe National Park is home to the majority of Africa's large game species. They travel freely over the Limpopo River when it is not flooded, from Botswana to Zimbabwe and back. Among some of the mammals sighted in the park include; elephants, hippos, impala, klipspringer, duikers, steenbok, red hartebeests, Oryx, and giraffe among others. The national park also has a number of badgers, civets, vervet monkeys, caracal, porcupine, and even reptiles like rock monitor lizards, water monitor lizards, rainbow skink, African pythons, black mambas, snouted cobras and so many more.
Mapungubwe Hill was home to a settlement that dates back to the Iron Age. It was a prosperous community, according to the evidence. The renowned golden rhino figure was also discovered at the site by archaeologists. It's one of the few sites in Africa where you may see meerkats and Nile crocodiles at the same time. .
Museum TourThe Centre, which is located near the Mapungubwe National Park's main gate and is home to the famed Golden Rhino, won the building of the year award in 2009. The Centre offers tours to both day and overnight guests, highlighting the wonderful environment that the National Park has to offer.
Explore the consfulenceExplore the Confluence Enjoy a glimpse of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers confluence, where three nations meet. Heritage Tours You will get the chance to visit the elite gravesite at the top of Mapungubwe Hill, observe a natural amphitheatre and the whole spectrum of the region as part of this tour, and travel the terrain formerly trod upon by the original Mapungubwe People - now patrolled by four of the Big 5.
Nature Nature walks
Morning guided walks, which may accommodate up to eight persons, allow tourists to immerse themselves in the bush and learn about the Park's extensive natural and cultural history. You can also take a guided nature walk among the riverine forest on a raised canopy walk that will take you to a view point overlooking the Limpopo River.
The national park offers visitors sunset and night drives which will allow you to look for wildlife outside of the usual gate opening hours .
Climate in the park
The climate is mild to hot, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius in the summer (November to February). Winter days are pleasant, but nights are cold, with frost on occasion. The annual rainfall averages 450 mm and is evenly distributed throughout the year, with peaks in February/March and October/November.