Mapungubwe National Park – An African Oasis

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Read all about my magical trip to Mapungubwe National Park: Your simple guide for where it is, what to do and where to stay.

Where is it?

Located 5 hours from Joburg, by car, to Mapungubwe National Park, this safari getaway has a little something for everyone! We had the absolute pleasure of being the invited guests of SANParks and thus enjoyed almost every activity the park had to offer.

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Where to stay:

Leokwe camp :

Each chalet has 2 beds, a lounge, fully stocked kitchen and best of all a gorgeous outdoor shower!

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Tshugulu Lodge :

Altogether Tshugulu consists of 3 chalets, a large kitchen , 6 ensuite bathrooms and Airconditioning in althea bedrooms. This is where we shot the cover for the Independent Traveller newspaper.

What to do?

For the Adrenaline Junkie– Take a 6am bush walk, where you are warned about encroaching on the territory of Africa’s biggest cats, as well as on the spot lessons about how to react to the very real possibility of a charging lion or leopard – this is not faint hearted! Or try the Eco 4×4 sunrise drive through the bush and rocks where we spotted males giraffes fighting for the right to mate.

Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS.Photo: Antoine de Ras.
Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS. Photo: Antoine de Ras.

For the History Buff– Take an early morning Bush walk & museum tour  provided by staff whose ancestors have lived in this land for generations, authentic first hand stories can be heard about the farmers, hunters, traders and great royalty who lived here. Not to mention the fact that you can get right up close to 2000 year old Khoi San rock paintings!

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Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS.Photo: Antoine de Ras.
Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS. Photo: Antoine de Ras.

For the Workaholic looking to Disconnected from the world– stressed out and brain drained? This is where you need to be, with limited cell service, this park offers the opportunity for you to completely disconnect and become one with nature. Try the treetop walk overlooking the mighty Limpopo river and see if you can spot a crocodile!

Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS.Photo: Antoine de Ras.
Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS. Photo: Antoine de Ras.

For the Fashionista – gorgeous swimming pools & picturesque views offer for breathtaking backdrops for your images! Making this a dream come true for a unique African safari shoot! Best believe I took full advantage of it!

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For the True Tourist  – looking to explore Africa in its purest, most untouched form, with wildlife in abundance and 4 of SA’s Big 5 – including rhinos, Elephants, lions and leopards.

Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS.Photo: Antoine de Ras.
Safari trip to Mapungubwe nature reserve. SANPARKS. Photo: Antoine de Ras.

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As a special treat, try out the sunset game drive followed by a dinner in the bush! I’ve never experienced anything like it before – and the food was just like home cooking – made with so much love.

Final Word

 

I grew up in Zimbabwe, and spent every school holiday in Hwange And Victoria falls, often  seeing wild animals ; this trip was like nothing I had ever experienced. Hundreds of wild animals, guaranteed sightings of big game , unique meals out in the open bush, and stunning accommodation.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post, and if you happen to visit one of the SA National Parks, I’d love to hear all about it! Reach out to me on  Twitter @KimJaydeBlog ; Instagram @kimjayde or on Facebook @KimJaydeBlog

Stay blessed

Xoxo

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Mapungubwe National Park – An African Oasis

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