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 Post subject: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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We left Pafuri through Punda Maria gate beginning of august 2013 to go to Mapungubwe for the third time in a few years.
The first time we visited Mapungubwe was on the way from Marakele to Tuli blocks in Botswana.Our wish was to discover the ancient civilization,the Lost City, Mapungubwe hill and the Golden Rhino.

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When visiting the park we learnt all findings were in Mapungubwe museum at Pretoria University.
One year later we went to Pretoria to visit the museum and we were so interested by this culture than we came back to Mapungubwe a second time.
Then we read a few months later that all artefacts had been relocated at Mapungubwe World heritage site where a beautiful museum was built .
It was one of the reasons we went back last august for the third time, on our way to Botswana.
This time we stayed only three nights, the whole stay in the nice cottages of Leokwe camp.
But we had a very few sigthings due to the heavy traffic in the park :wall: :wall:
At the same time we were there, we were lucky to see :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: a huge temporary camp set up for a few hundred people :big_eyes: participating to the Tour de Tuli , an off road cycle race between Botswana,Zim and Mapugunbwe around the Tuli blocks . :slap:

Huge trucks,a lot of staff organizing the Tour and very few animals around !

But at least, landscapes were still amazing.
WOW what a beautiful park with view on Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Let's start the visit and welcome to
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one World Heritage Site


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After a quick check in at the gate, we drove slowly to Leokwe rest camp.
A few drops of rain welcomed us at the park. We've been told it was a rather unexpected event in august and
considered as a symbol of good luck !
Hummmm, we'll see later...
But the sky lit up by a rainbow over the camp was beautiful

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Our cottage for the 3 days

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BACK SOON

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Goronta,

Great start :thumbs_up: ...on board to experience Mapungubwe with you. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Goronto, I love the title of your trip report. It sums Mapungubwe up so well.

What a beautiful rainbow. 8) I am really looking forward to more.

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We will be visiting Mapungubwe in March, so the timing of this TR is perfect.

Great start and looking forward to hearing all about it. :thumbs_up:


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I don't know anything about Mapungubwe so looking forward to learning about it from your TR.


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Wonderful start with beautiful scenery :cam: .

Looking forward to the rest :thumbs_up: .

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Looking forward to read all about it Goronta! :dance: :dance:

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I have to admit, I don't know anything about Mapungubwe either, Goronta, but I am looking forward to hearing about another park as well. :popcorn:

sorry to hear that the heavy traffic spoiled your trip a bit :(

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Also looking forward to reading all about this park. :clap: :clap: Sounds fascinating.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Image once again Goronta, I had just got off your "On my way to Pafuri bus" as you were about to leave Pafuri gate, I just went to the Image and you drove away without me, I had to rent a Imagefrom one of the guys at the gate, that did not work out too well so I had to Image to catch up.

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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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Great start Goronta, :thumbs_up:
I never had been to Mapungubwe.
Looking forward to read more about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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The bicycle is just starting for the Mapungubwe Tour (not Tour de France) and you are already ready ,dear passengers, to follow me from Pafuri to Mapungubwe :D
Thanks Trrp-trrrrrrrr , MM, Timbits, Stampajane, barryels ,hilda, gatita,umtali1, isinkwe (we will borrow your bike) , sable :gflower:

Leokwe rest camp is situated at around 10 km from the main gate. The park is divided in 2 main sections, eastern part with Leokwe rest camp" among sandstone hills ", Vhembe wilderness camp ,Confluence view picnic place with Sashe and Limpopo rivers stunning views,Tree top hide not yet repaired last august after January flood and the western part with Limpopo forest Tented camp and Mazhou camping site.
Between the 2 parts of the park you will find private land and farms..(and nice tomatoes ! :wink: )

All the roads are untarred and you need to drive carefully with some tricky stones but a 4x4 is not needed unless you want to drive the 4x4 roads (100 Km accessible to all terrain vehicles compared to 35 km for normal sedan vehicles according to the park leaflet).

There is no filling station in the park
and you have to drive either to Musina or to Alldays,around 70 Km from the main gate.


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There was a closest filling station called Dongola with a shop on the main road to Musina but it was closed rather recently (land bought by Mining company :hmz: )

You should also note there is no shop in the camp except some wood and drinks at The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre .The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch.In the past there was no reqstaurant.It was opened when they built the museum in 2009.

I found the map given at the entrance was not very precise.I will recommend the park to review this map.
I don't think it should be very difficultv to make it more practical and accurate with such a limited number of roads. :thumbs_up:

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Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th , Ebb and Flow august 12th-14th
Bontebok august 15-16th
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 Post subject: Re: Mapungubwe, Eternal Hill
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One of the first sightings when driving to our camp was this birdie, I'm never tired of watching

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A purple roller posing as a star


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Showing his best profile

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MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th , Ebb and Flow august 12th-14th
Bontebok august 15-16th
Agulhas august 17th


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Goronta,

Thank you for the overview of roads, restaurant facilities and distance to petrol stations which is rather far if you were to spend a couple of day there. :whistle: However I am sure the stunning views and animals would make up for it. :wink:

Gorgeous purple roller :cam: :clap: :clap:

more please :popcorn:

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Good start Goronta! :dance:
Beautiful pics you have of the roller.

More please? :popcorn:

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