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Media Release: The Jewel of Limpopo Becomes a Big Tourist Attraction
South African National Parks officially announced that the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site has received 343 visitors to the new Interpretation Centre.
The Centre is an appropriate and necessary component of the Park’s Interpretive Programme in support of tourism and multi-disciplinary conservation education.
Fhatuwani Mugwabana, Mapungubwe National Park Manager said, “Visitors that wish to go on tour will pay R40.00 an adult and R20.00 a children, visitors will also receive a discounted rate on the tour to Mapungubwe Hill when visiting the Centre”.
The Centre which is built near the main gate of the Mapungubwe National Park won the building of the year competition in 2009 and is home to the famous Golden Rhino. The construction of the Centre is a poverty relief project using ecological methods and materials. The project agenda extends beyond presentation of the ancient and more recent history of the area to awaken an understanding of the vulnerability of the local ecology. “These objectives were manifested in the construction process of the centre during which unemployed local youth were trained,” said Mugwabana.
The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape has been occupied by diverse groups for over 500 000 years. Between about 900 and 13000 AD it was the centre of the first powerful indigenous kingdom in Southern Africa and laid the foundation for subsequent class-based and settlement patterns in the region. The landscape retains evidence of the lives, values and belief systems of those who inhabited it, the interactions between them and others, and the environment.
The Centre will provide both day and over-night visitors the opportunity of a tour, showcasing the amazing landscape that the National Park has to offer. “We urge all South Africans to visit the Interpretation Centre to gain a deeper understanding of the rich history of Southern Africa,” said Mugwabana .
Cassius Selala: Communications Officer
South African National Parks
Tel: (012) 426-5195 or 083-9857-816 Email: Cassius.Selala@sanparks.org
Reynold Thakhuli: General Manager Media; Events and Stakeholder Relations
South African National Parks
Tel: (012) 426-5203 or 073-373 4999 Email: Reynold.Thakuli@sanparks.org