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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:19 pm

Vhembe is a magical camp, one of the most special in all of SANParks.

It is however not fenced, and leopard is a possibility. Keep an close eye on your daughter, especially at night. The communal kitchen and braai area is enclosed with a boma, so that should be OK.

The swimming pool is still there, and is :thumbs_up:

The 4x4 trail should be booked at reception, though getting a booking is not a problem at all. Just report there.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:34 am

Hi Monkeyberry :D

I have only ever stayed at Leokwa camp. They do have a very beautiful, if somewhat small pool in the camp. I have not seen a pool anywhere else, but I might be wrong there.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby johanclassen » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:04 pm

Hi monkeyberry,
Yes the swimming pool is next to number 2 and 3 tents at the LFTC.
It was kept clean whilst we were there.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby PJPE » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:25 pm

Hi all ,

After 2 short visits to the park, it has become one of a my favorites, a place I immediately start missing as soon as I leave.

I've stayed in Leokwe and LFTC, both are amazing and very different.

I would strongly advise doing the sunset drive. We saw a lot of game (including a leopard!!), but the scenery is already more than enough, and being outside and driving seldom driven roads is just magical.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby PJPE » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:29 pm

Hi all ,

After 2 short visits to the park, it has become one of a my favorites, a place I immediately start missing as soon as I leave.

I've stayed in Leokwe and LFTC, both are amazing and very different.

I would strongly advise doing the sunset drive. We saw a lot of game (including a leopard!!), but the scenery is already more than enough, and being outside and driving seldom driven roads is just magical.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby Cassius » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:11 am

Looking forward to visiting Mapungubwe in late August. 3 things:

- is that informative centre now open? Earlier posts suggest it's not, yet.

The Mapungubwe Interpretation Center is not open yet; however we are hoping to open the center later this year;

- are the heritage walks to Mapungubwe hill reliably held daily? It's an important reason for us to go.

As part of Mapungubwe activities we do provide game drive to Mapungubwe hill and simultaneously with the Mapungubwe Story telling.

- can anyone suggest a nice place to break the trip from Joburg? Any particular guesthouse/B&B in a cute dorpie near the N1 up there?

You can drive straight from JHB to Mapungubwe within 6-7 hours provided you live in the morning.

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Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby Indiajane » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:05 pm

We have recently returned from a week in Mapungubwe which I think was one of the most magical in my entire life. The combination of a wilderness area, the cultural heritage aspects and extraordinarily beautiful scenery was such a gift - definitely another visit from us on the cards - it was worth every minute of the drive up from Cape Town. We stayed at all 3 camps, each one different, but with their own charm. I would also like to compliment the staff we interacted with at the park; their helpfulness, kindness and warmth was unsurpassed - Mr Madau, the Hospitality Manager, Cedric our guide, the two ladies at reception (forgive me as I can't find the paper I wrote your names on) and Leonard who gave us the most wonderful, quite unforgettable morning.

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Re: Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby giraffee » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:11 am

IndiaJane we also just returned after visiting for a week and we did not want to leave. :( I can not remember another time spend anywhere more magical. we decided next it will be 3 weeks :roll: and Vembe camp is on the map. Will my 80 year old mum manage to get to the unit? And tshugulu lodge is on the cards, if only for a night. we stayed for the first time in Leokwe and what a awesome surprise. elephants at our unit investigating our car. magic. did you see the mapungubwe photo's on the blog?

ps. Rosemary, I did complete the guest feedback form. At reception Winnie Sebatje is an absolute jewel and and at LFTC it is Frieda from the cleaning crew. both worth gold.
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Re: Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby arks » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:07 pm

I spent five nights at Mapungubwe in April (2 at Leokwe and 3 at the tented camp) and agree that it's a gem of a park, even tho as I drive a sedan, the roads that I could drive were limited — but even so, I had a very rewarding stay. I also agree that Frieda at the tented camp is a SANParks treasure — what a smile!

One day, exploring the far reaches of the eastern part of the park, I took a road that I later realised was likely a 4x4 road (altho it was a lot more sedan friendly than most of the roads at Marakele) and ended up at Zebra Pan, where I saw the following ruins. Does anyone know what they are/were?

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Re: Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:19 am

Arks, I will be going next month with my daughter who does a lot of work for WITS history department. We will certainly take a look.

Jan Smuts had a cottage at Mapungubwe and this is not shown on the usual maps. There were also military border posts during the bush war period. If it is recent and military, it might go back to that era.

Busharmy, we have to bear in mind that Mapungubwe is a work in progress. Much of the land in that area is owned by private concerns such as Den Staat. Sanparks has been negotiating for years to consolidate the 2 pieces of ground. Because the land is income producing, the cost of the land has been a major obstacle.

This was also hunting territory. There was little attention placed on land rehabilitation and care for the future. Many fenced off areas are areas not yet properly rehabilitated. On top of this, remember this area was once part of the homelands, so the previous government was not too concerned about throwing money in that direction.

I could not agree more though that it is a travesty to have mining anywhere near such an important place. However, when Sanparks took over Mapengubwe, it was pretty much barren land. What we see today is mainly thanks to Sanparks.

The heritage site and graves were kept secret my the previous government for many years, as it contadicted what was being taught in schools, that the whites were the first "known civilasation' in South Africa.
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Re: Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:59 am

Arks , those are in fact the remains of military barracks from when the area was military property , saw when on a day walk there .
The area was closed to all but the military (and was not part of the homelands) as the area was a hotbed of insurgent incursions in the late '80's by freedom fighters who planted landmines indescriminately along the borders of SA .
I believe a reasonable degree of preservation of the area was maintained during this time considering the insurgent situation , I would go as far as saying it was better preserved at the time than is the case with heritage sights in general today .
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Re: Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby Hawk » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:47 am

bedazel wrote:I am thinking off camping in Mapungubwe, any one with advice on what time of year or what to take with. How are the facilities regarding ablutions etc. Any info or advice would be appreciated.


We camped there last year and the ablutions were fine. It's a beautiful rustic camp set in amongst trees and thick bush.
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Re: Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:11 am

Ndloti, just a gentle reminder, Mapunguwe was only declared a heritage site in 2003. I find your comment rather suprising.
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Re: Mapungubwe - an absolute treasure

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:35 am

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Smuts' house .
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread postby HermanPienaar » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:04 am

Which road to Mapungubwe from Pretoria is advisable? The one via Musina or via Vivo/Alldays? (main roads can be so boring)
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