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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe Transfrontier Park
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:34 pm 
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Hi Imberbe, thanks for the reply. I understand that you can only cross the river at Pontdrift into Hohowever I guess my real question is that when you are staying at Mapungubwe can you get access to the Botswana side on the basis that you are in the transfrontier park?


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe Transfrontier Park
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:24 am 
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Simple answer ...no!

That concept has not been developed in that area to the extend that it has been developed in say the Kgalagadi. Maybe in the future?

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe Transfrontier Park
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Yes Imberbe is correct. At this stage Mapungubwe is part of the transfrontier park in the sense that the park stretches across international boundaries - allowing the cross border protection and movement of wildlife. The cross-boundary tourism aspect has not been developed yet. I'm sure it will in good time, these things usually take a while to happen, infrastructure needs to be developed, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: INFO
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People who have visited Mapungubwe Hill will know that an annoying power line runs straight through the most sacred valley in the park. Plans are afoot to move this visual pollution, but parties can't agree yet on who's going to pay for it. The Sowetan has the latest in an article on 29 October 2009: Power lines still blot heritage site.


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe: INFO
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May have contacts to see if we can sort this out....will keep you posted.


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 Post subject: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre wins international award
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The magnificent new interpretation center that has just been completed at Mapungubwe, and which is yet to be inaugurated, has already won a prestigious international award.

It has been chosen as the best building in the world, due to a revolutionary new design. It contains for instance only 5% cement. Local building materials were used, and local women made the clay tiles on site.

The building will house the Mapungubwe museum, which holds the valuable collection of artifacts archeologists retrieved from Mapungubwe Hill, where the first Southern African king lived around the year 1000 AD.


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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Sure looks ecological and melting in nicely with the surroundings :D


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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WOW! :big_eyes: This is great. The buildings look awesome. :thumbs_up: It is good to see something different from the normal designs. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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Hi Imberbe,
Congratulations to Mapungubwe. I saw the building first hand and I know I was impressed. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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What a building!! :clap: :clap:

Some more here:
World Architecture festival.
More pics.
The Day visitors Centre.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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WOW.... Fantastic.

We are off to Mapungupwe early next month and will definitely go and visit........

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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And Media Release here...


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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Boorgatspook wrote:
And Media Release here...

Was waiting for that.
From the first picture posted, the architecture looks somewhat similar to the buildings at one of the newest lodges in one of the well known private reserves adjacent to Kruger.

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 Post subject: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre's architect wins World Buil
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South African architect Peter Rich has won this year's World Building of the Year Award for his Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in the Mapungubwe National Park.

The Interpretation Centre is set on the side of a mesa, formed from the dramatic geological events that resulted in the Limpopo River changing its course from flowing into the Atlantic Ocean to discharging into the Indian Ocean. The Mapungubwe National Park celebrates the site of an ancient civilization linked to the Great Zimbabwe trading culture in the context of a natural setting that re-establishes the indigenous fauna and flora of this region.

This Centre is a poverty relief project using ecological methods and materials. The project’s agenda extended beyond the presentation of 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 in which unemployed local people were trained in the manufacture of stabilised earth tiles and in building the timbrel vaults.

The Centre is scheduled to be in operation as early as next year, some of the materials that will be on display include the famous Golden rhino and clay pots. The Center will give both day and overnight visitors a tour showcasing the amazing landscapes that the National Park has to offer.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe wins international award
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that look like one impressive building! another reason for me to visit the park :thumbs_up: Thanks imberbe, JenB, BGS :thumbs_up:

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