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Media Release: Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site media briefing

Date: 2008-12-03

The area now known as the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site has been occupied by diverse groups over time immemorial. Between about 900 and 1 300 it was the centre of the first powerful African kingdom in Southern Africa that laid the foundation for subsequent class-based settlements in the region.

Mapungubwe Phone Lines

Date: 2008-03-26

Please note that due to repeated copper wire theft, the phone lines to Mapungubwe National Park are frequently interrupted or out of operation. In order to contact the park please e-mail

First Braille Brochure for SANParks

Date: 2007-12-11

SANParks Northern Region (Mapungubwe, Marakele and Golden Gate) has published SANParks first ever braille brochure for visually impaired visitors.

Monitoring Water Stress in Riverine Vegetation

Date: 2007-11-09

A delegation from SANParks, lead by Dr Thomas Gyedu-Ababio, took the long road to Mapungubwe National Park earlier this year to look at the effects of water being used from the Limpopo River on the riverine vegetation.

Are Mapungubwe's Elephants Eating Too Much?

Date: 2007-10-26

Elephants and their eating habits were up for discussion again, this time in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site . Elephants are well-known for the damage they cause to trees by breaking off branches, stripping bark or even pushing them over. How to protect trees from this type of treatment was one of the main topics at a recent workshop convened by SANParks Scientific Services.

Branding Survey: Complete and Win!

Date: 2007-08-15

Complete this SANParks branding questionnaire by the 17 August 2007 and stand a chance to win a 2-night midweek break for 2 (two) adults and 2 (two) children in one of the South African National Parks.

Northern Region Rewards Excellence

Date: 2007-04-23

In an effort to recognise the skills and dedication of our employees, the Northern Region of SANParks held the 1st Regional Achievement Awards in Golden Gate Highlands National Park on 12 April 2007.

Vhembe Wildnerness Camp Changes

Date: 2007-03-20

Mapungubwe National Park has discontinued the Vhembe Wilderness Trail. In its place the four Wilderness Cabin units at the Vhembe Wilderness Camp are now available for individual accommodation reservations. Bookings can be made from any Reservations office.

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

Date: 2007-03-07

If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...

Mazhou Camping Site: Place of Elephants

Date: 2007-03-06

Mazhou is a shona word meaning a place of elephants. The Mazhou Camping Site in Mapungubwe National Park was officially opened to the Public on the 1st of March 2007.The site is nestled close to the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp and Maloutswa Bird hide on the western section of the park.

Discount on all accommodation at Mapunguwbe NP

Date: 2007-02-22

A 15% Discount on all accommodation at Mapunguwbe National Park For The 2nd, 3rd And 4th Of March 2007 in Celebration of the Lunar Eclipse. This offer is open to everyone, except Travel Trade.

Mazhou Camping Site, Mapungubwe NP

Date: 2007-02-21

The Mazhou Camping Site in Mapungubwe National Park will be opening to the public on the 1st of March 2007. The site, situated close to the Limpopo Forest Tented Camp in the Western Section of the Park caters for 10 caravans or tents, and each camping site is equipped with a powerpoint.

SANParks Looks to the Heavens

Date: 2007-01-30

SANParks Northern Region is planning many activities to celebrate the total lunar eclipse that will occur on the 3/4 of March 2007. Golden Gate Highlands, Mapungubwe and Marakele national parks will be hosting astrology evenings with complete interpretation on offer from experts from Astronomy Africa and an unsurpassed viewing of the lunar eclipse as it occurs.

'Building Mapungubwe'

Date: 2006-10-27

As in the distant past when our ancestors were the builders, new structures are rising up at Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. With the addition of a unique interpretation centre, a campsite and a brand new staff village, the park is developing quickly...

Trail Blazing at Mapungubwe

Date: 2006-10-17

by Joel Roerig (GVI Volunteer)

The popular walking trails are back in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. From this week two new trails rangers are available to take guests on day walks or a spectacular 4-day trail through the mystical environment of South Africa’s most northern national park...

Counting Game in Mapungubwe

Date: 2006-10-13

By Joel Roerig

A record number of African elephants are roaming the currently dry bush of Mapungubwe National Park. On the 9th and 10th of October SANParks conducted the annual aerial gamecount in South Africa’s most northern park and this confirmed what rangers and tourists already noticed: the tuskers are growing in numbers every year.

"Back to Where I Come From" says Mapungubwe Park Manager

Date: 2006-09-19

by Joel Roerig

"The kingdom of Mapungubwe is one of the lost cities of the world. A visit should be seen as a pilgrimage. This is not a place to come and party. It is an area that people visit to rest, to go into the bush or to learn about the important African heritage...’’

Of Baobabs and Rivers...Mapungubwe: A Traveler's Tale

Date: 2006-07-06

As a child, my first experiences with the far North were filled with vivid memories of giant Baobab trees with smooth trunks. Each tree I had met on our frequent travels became a persona. My little self greeted each and every one when we stopped to have some 'padkos' along the way. Small as I was, I sensed that they held secrets, and imagined that they responded to me when I touched their old bodies. My second, and far stronger awareness of mystical, ancient whisperings, was that of the rocky hills…

Transfrontier Parks a Boost to Conservation

Date: 2006-06-23

By Fran Blandy (IOL)

Fences are coming down across Southern African borders, in an effort to boost and sustain the environment, eco-tourism and economic growth, while involving local communities.

Bringing Sable back to Mapungubwe

Date: 2006-06-12

Four Sable were released into Mapungubwe National Park early on Friday morning, as part of a project that reintroduces animals bred in European Zoos into the wild.

News Flash! Recently launched 'Route of Lost Kingdoms' is open to the public

Date: 2006-03-13

The Route of the Lost Kingdoms stretches from inside the gates of the Kruger National Park at the ancient stonewall of Thulamela, follows a trial of myths and legends through Mapungubwe National Park to the small town of Alldays.

Media Release: UNESCO Director of the World Heritage Center, Francesco Bandarin, visits Mapungubwe National Park

Date: 2005-07-21

The director of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation's World Heritage Centre in Paris, Francesco Bandarin, is currently on a two-day visit to Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site near Musina in Limpopo as a guest of South African National Parks (SANParks).

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