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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:54 am

This is a comprehensive and excellent update on the roads to Mapungubwe.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Dave Moore » Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:37 am

Albie, that hide was due to be repaired during 2014. I am not sure if this has been done yet.
Best is to call the park. They are very helpful normally.
Its called Maloutswa hide.
I agree with you, it's a fantastic place to sit and watch. I have seen many intereting things happening there :)

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:24 am

Laeveldkind wrote:Hi Guys
My girlfriend and I are visiting Mapungubwe in August for the first time. :D :dance: Unfortunately we are travelling in a 2x4 Isuzu with difflock and I have read that about 100km of the road network in Map NP are 4x4 tracks? Will a high clearance bakkie make it on these roads and if so are there any that I need to avoid without a 4x4? Would also appreciate any other handy advice that forum members can offer?


Hi laeveldkind,

Please read through this topic Mapungubwe:Roads

Most of your questions are answered in there.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Scadoxus » Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:26 pm

What is the weather like in August? We will be staying in the forest tented camp during our winter.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Dave Moore » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:32 pm

You will most likely have warm to hot and dry weather.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by lindah » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:05 pm

Hi I need some help as a first time visitor to Mapungubwe having spent many holidays in KNP feel it’s time to try another Park.
We will have just spent 8 nights in KNP next April and are thinking of driving out of Phalaborwa gate to Mapungubwe so first of all could anyone let me know the best driving route/times please?
Also thinking of 4nights, is this long enough?
But should I split 2 nights Leokwe and 2nights Limpopo ?
Bearing in mind we won’t get there for much of the first day should we have 3nights Leokwe camp and 1night at Limpopo?
Just wondering which side has more to see??
Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by barryels » Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:22 pm

Dear Lindah,

Attached is a suggested road map from Phalaborwa to Mapungubwe main gate.

Phalaborba to Mapungubwe.PNG


I would rather stay 3 nights at Leokwe camp due to the time traveled on the first day :D

I suggest that you read about the the park and camps HERE as well :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by chirinda » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:55 pm

Hi Lindah,

I would suggest not less than three nights at Leokwe, depending on what activities you might like to do, they all take time, and you probably also want to drive around yourselves and do the treetop walk and confluence view points. To get the best of Maloutswa hide you need at least one afternoon and one morning there which means a minimum of two nights at LFTC. We were there last year August and did three nights at Leokwe and two at the tented camp and another night at LFTC would have been nice. If you are travelling back to Joburg, you really don't have time to spend at the hide in the morning.

It's a long way to travel there, and I feel it is worth taking an extra day rather than rush a visit to a really lovely park.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by arks » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:13 am

I agree with chirinda, if you can give yourself a bit more time for both sides of this amazing park, you won't regret it. I'd suggest at least three nights for Leokwe -- and coming all the way from Phalaborwa it makes sense to spend your first three nights there, altho personally I'd prefer the reverse, but you can do that on your next visit, because I'm sure that this won't be your last -- and at least two for LFTC. If you need to get back to Johannesburg on the day that you leave, you will need to leave quite early as it is a very long drive -- at least 8 hours -- and I found negotiating Polokwane quite confusing, so that may take extra time.

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by lindah » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:56 pm

Thanks all for taking the time to help me out, great advice, :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by NetEk » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:56 pm

arks wrote:-- and I found negotiating Polokwane quite confusing, so that may take extra time.

Have a great trip!


Hi Arks

We go around Polokwane through the industrial area much easier. When you come in you go left at the big circle (basically in a 12 out at 9 o clock) that is Nelson Mandela dr if I not mistaken. you follow the road past the cash & carries (yes there at a few) then turn right at a robot into Vermikuliet str its just as you start going out of town (if you miss it just take the next robot) then left at the robot into Witklip str (becomes Dendron str R521) it's clearly marked Dendron. And then it's straight on till you get to Alldays....
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Advice Mapungubwe - Tented Camp and Camp Site

Unread post by ruthers » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:03 pm

Perhaps someone can help.

We are traveling up to Mapungubwe in January. We are 2 couple - our friend enjoy the rigours of camping and we prefer the slightly more civilized permanent tented camps/chalets etc.

The Limpopo Tented Camp and Mazhou Campsite - appear to be very close together in the Western section - would it be easy/possible to walk between these two, ie could we socialize?

Any other little gems of advise for up-to-date info on Mapun. Nat Park - there is not nearly enough information on the Sanparks page and generally on the internet it is not as thoroughly talked about as other Sanparks.

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Re: Advice Mapungubwe - Tented Camp and Camp Site

Unread post by arks » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:36 pm

Even tho the tented camp and the campsite are relatively close, you would not be able to walk between them, or to travel between them by car after gate closing time, so any socialising would have to be done during the day. Elephants often come quite close to the camps and there are also lions and other dangerous animals in the area, so you need to always be careful even in camp as I believe that both camps are unfenced (I know that the tented camp is).

Mapungubwe is a very special place and I'm sure that you will enjoy it if you like remote places and peace and quiet. It is very different from Kruger, Addo and other larger parks. You may be able to find more information and answers to your questions on Mapungubwe's Facebook page.
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Re: Advice Mapungubwe - Tented Camp and Camp Site

Unread post by RosemaryH » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:47 pm

Lucky you to have a trip planned to Mapungubwe ruthers :dance:

Thanks for the info arks :thumbs_up:

ruthers, you can also have a look at these topics re Mapungubwe and at some of the maps here

The official SANParks Mapungubwe National Park FB as arks has suggested, might answer some of your questions too.
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Re: Advice Mapungubwe - Tented Camp and Camp Site

Unread post by arks » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:55 pm

Thanks for providing the link, Rose! :thumbs_up:
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