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Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread post by chirinda » Thu May 27, 2010 9:46 pm

Sorry if I have missed this information somewhere but I would be glad if someone could give me GPS co-ordinates for Mapungubwe. It doesn't have to be any specific place, Leokwe or the gate would be fine.

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Re: Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu May 27, 2010 9:56 pm

Leokwe S22.21745 E29.36475

Entrance S22.24334 E29.40042
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Re: Mapungubwe GPS co-ordinates

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu May 27, 2010 10:05 pm

Can also be written as S22 14 36.0 E29 24 01.5
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Re: Mapungubwe & Surrounding areas - New Visitor

Unread post by Hippotragus » Fri May 28, 2010 10:40 am

Hi TumTum

You will love Mapungubwe and the two camps - Leokwe and the Tented Camp are in very different settings and each has its own charm.

I don't quite understand you saying getting from the Tented Camp back to Polokwane is too much for one day. We got to the Park from Midrand (between Joburg and Pretoria) in about 5 hours, checked in at the main gate, and then proceeded to the tented camp. I can't remember the exact time from Polokwane to the Park, but it can only be about 2 or 2.5 hours.

As you have spare time, maybe see if you can get a cancellation and extend you stay in the Park. Otherwise, maybe venture across the border at Pont Drift and stay at a camp on the Botswana side (not SANPARKS, so can't really discuss here).

One word of warning - at the Tented Camp the monkeys and baboons are a bit of a problem. Do not leave ANY food in the kitchen part of the tent - put it in the bedroom or bathroom. We put all the food stuff away but they still got under the tent flap and trashed the cardboard cover on a 5 litre wine box (luckily didn't puncture the foil bag!!)

Have a wonderful stay - I'm quite jealous!
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Re: Mapungubwe & Surrounding areas - New Visitor

Unread post by giraffee » Sat May 29, 2010 9:44 pm

Hippotragus wrote:One word of warning - at the Tented Camp the monkeys and baboons are a bit of a problem. Do not leave ANY food in the kitchen part of the tent - put it in the bedroom or bathroom. We put all the food stuff away but they still got under the tent flap and trashed the cardboard cover on a 5 litre wine box (luckily didn't puncture the foil bag!!)


Hi there everybody.
No worries. the monkey problem has been sorted. and how.

the tents now have a front door.
no more deck.
no more view.
no more fresh air.
i wanted to cry and then cry some more. its al done.

on the bright side, in the summer it will be a spa. loose 10kg's in a day
at 45C and one tiny opening in the tent.
very clever guys.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat May 29, 2010 10:59 pm

Can anyone please supply us with a photo of the new doors which has been added to the tents in the Limpopo Tented Camp?

What I specifically want to know is where they have been placed. Are they placed in the entrances to the kitchen and sleeping area (which I suspect) or are they placed at the stairs leading to the deck?
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by giraffee » Sun May 30, 2010 8:00 am

I have a picture. Shall post it.
The door is at the top of the stairs :cry: .
The deck have canvas walls with smallish
very smallish mesh windows that can not open.
The view from inside out is almost none and only possible from one new small green mesh window facing the braai area.

And the sandy braai areas have been paved…. No more reading badger tracks in the morning.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by giraffee » Sun May 30, 2010 10:45 am

Hi MM. We were, to state it mildly, disappointed.
For the birds, the elephants and Maloustwa hide, we love and prefer LFTC and the western section. Quick access to Botswana too.

My biggest treat was to sit on the deck late at night in the dark listening to the sounds. Hearing lion roar from the deck, with only elephant fencing around was exhilarating or
early mornings, sipping coffee and watch the veldt wake up and the animals go past.
The feeling of being outside was the best feature of the tents. imho.
Now when one is outside, you can’t see a thing over the braai enclosure and sitting on the stairs at the door at night just does not feel right.

Another thing is, when we were there in late October last year, the temp peaked at 45 C.
The ceiling fan in the bedroom made no real difference. Sitting on the deck with a little breeze now and then made all the difference.

Closing off the kitchen area would have been better. Or building a new deck would be awesome. Maybe doing something different with the braai fencing?

We bought a long stay with the December discounts but since this last visit, decided to rather pay in the difference and move it to winter time.
The new tents, in summer, will not be a lot of fun :roll: .
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Re: Mapungubwe map

Unread post by boatlarnie » Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:38 pm

Imberbe wrote:You will find some maps here.

Are you visiting soon? :dance:

We are camping in Mapungubwe during the latter part of August; I am already in possession of the map you have suggested, I was hoping to obtain something with more detail.
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Re: Mapungubwe map

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:42 pm

There is a little map book available on Mapungubwe, but it is not widely available. The only place I know that sells it is a little spaza shop on the main road near to the Pont drift border post. It is not sold in the park itself. This book is excellent.

I am not aware of any other option, but what is available on this site.
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Re: Mapungubwe roads

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:05 pm

No problem. :thumbs_up:

When driving from reception at the main entrance, to the camp site, DO NOT take the Den Staat road. It is a dirt road, and really not a pleasure to drive. It is wide, really bumpy and lots of rocks, and you don't tend to see that much.

Rather drive around the park on the main road, and enter on the Pont Drift side. That dirt road is in a better condition, and much shorter. Also, driving around the park gives you some of the most spectacular views in the entire park, of some of the most amazing rock formations and baobabs.
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by chirinda » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:16 pm

@ jacqueline57 don't even attempt getting lost in Polokwane looking for Pick n Pay, take off on the left hand toll booths at the Nyl toll plaza and go through Mokopane (ex Potgietersrus).

Pick n Pay is at the Mokopane Mall in the first or second block of central business district, and Checkers and Woolworths is in another mall a couple of blocks further along the main street (Thabo Mbeki Avenue). Both are on the right going north.

The Pick n Pay centre has better parking and we had our picnic lunch there at the car in some shade. You have to go out at the back and round the block to get back on to Thabo Mbeki Ave to go north.

There is also a Fruit & Veg City further along, also on the right. It is a nice little town with everything you would need for your trip.

Enjoy your trip. Mapungubwe is magnificent.

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Re: Mapungubwe roads

Unread post by RichardS » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:18 am

Hi Boatlarnie,

I have been to Marakele with a none 4x4 trailer & Mapungupwe without the trailer. Access to both is absolutely no problem at all. Your Tuscon should cope admirably.

I've got to agree with Imberbe about that Den Staat road in Mapungupwe ..... It's a shaker and rattler of note...... Rather go straight on and turn right at the T junction.

Both places are chalk and cheese apart, where Marakele is a perfect camping site, Mapungupwe has something wild about it...... Both were exceptionally enjoyable....

Have fun & take lots of photos...

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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Gila » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:05 pm

Hi boys and girls :)

PLEASE I need some advice and don't shout at me if all the answers are right here under my nose, I've had very little time to read all the posts :)

I've not been in SA for a long time but on my way back and planning to visit Mapungubwe the 1st or 2nd week of Aug. I can only stay in the park for 4-5 days. What can you suggest, where should I stay for the best game viewing, I was looking at Leokwe and Forest Tentet Camp and they both look very nice.

I live in Indonesia now but the withdrawal symptoms are getting the better of me and I want to come home and spend some time in the bush.

I've never been to the park so I though of giving it a try......I'm a Kgalagadi boy but got TOTTALY depresses when I saw a fully booked all the capms are :(
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Re: Mapungubwe: ADVICE

Unread post by Toko » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:13 pm

Hi Gila,

the distances within the park are not that large. You can do all the roads staying wherever you like. I have visited Mapungubwe four times and spent several days at both camps. I was always lucky at the Forest Tented Camp with Elephants and antilope around the waterhole there. But both camps are really nice.


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