Can anyone please shed some light on this park ?
I am not able to access info about the park through the resort-listings.
Any experiences ?
This would be one of my next "adventures" (if I and the van survive Namibia) since I like the bushveld and iassume that winter would be the best time to visit.
Gerd have you looked Sanparks forum you may find some reasonable info on the park there.
Mapungubwe is a must. The road to the campsite is gravel and corrugated so with a normal van one must drive very slowly. The best time of year to visit is in the winter months. As there are only 10 campsites one must book well in advance. Here is a link to the website. http://www.sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe/
Thanks, I was on the Sanpark website but could not see any pics of the park or the sites.
Will try again.
Not sure if they have any photos of the campsite. Here are a few that I took of our site. All the sites look out into the bush and form a circle around the ablutions in the middle.
Daai foto nr 3 wys hoe lekker dit is om te kamp!!!!!
Dankie vir die fotos.
Dit lyk hemels daar.
Sal n plan moet maak en kyk of nog n plekkie oop sal wees in Julie/Augustus.
I was there with the commandos - but during the period 1975 1980.
I specifically remember the days when we visited the Police post at Pontdrift - Wild Days ......
It was my best nature experience yet while being on patrol for days and sleeping under the stars.
If I remember correctly, the base was called GREIFSWALD (before my days) and was also used for the rehabilitation of drug addicted soldiers.
These might bring back some memories of the units that did srvice there. There are still other signs of where the camps were. The camps were at the confluance of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers.
Was wondering if there will be any comments on the insignia of the Rhodesian Light Infantry (second photo) on South African soil. Who knows anything about their presence at Mapungubwe?
The first photo is of the insignia of "4 Parachute Battalion".
We have just returned from a trip to Mapungubwe - but not with the caravan ( Thank G-d).
The campsite ( Mazhou ) is very small but clean, and beautiful...but the gravel road to access the site has been destroyed by the floods a few years back, and a bridge is washed away...leaving only a very bare 4X4 track that we struggled with even in our 2X4 Ford Ranger.
The campsite is in the Western section of the park which has a beautiful waterhole and quite a bit of game, but you have to drive about 45km round via Pontdrift to get to the main park - where the viewsites are.We stayed in the Leokwe camp - which was absolutely beautiful!! The road inside the Main reserve is narrow single-lane sand road with lots of corrugations and rocks - not advised for low-clearance cars. However although the game is not as numerous as in Kruger, we did have some unusual sightings : A beautiful Gemsbok, and klipspringers galore! and also a massive herd of some 50 Elephant in the Western section ( on the sand Den Staat Road - the one with the 4X4 washaway )...
If you're looking for a place to literally get away from it all - then this is the one!!
Thanks for the update Bev. One of our favourite parks.
Using the campsite as destination which part of the Den Staat road is very bad. The road from the main camp or the shorter section from Pontdrift?
Net 'n vinnige kommentaar op hierdie draad,
Sien Hendrik M het 'n vraag gevra oor die Rhodesian Light Infantry wapen in die Park.
Hendrik -- daardie wapen op die tweede foto is die wapen van die Rand Light Infantry wat daar Grensdiens gedoen het in die 70 en 80'er jare.
Die Eenheid het die samesmelting van 94 oorleef en is tans nog 'n aktiewe Deeltydse Mag Eenheid van die Infanterie Formasie van die SA Leer.
This post dates back to a couple of years ago.
I October 2017, we spent two nights at Mazhou.
I have an interest in current history, in particular, the Angolan conflict, and when planing for the trip, discovered a lot more about the history of the park, such as the significance of The Aversion Project, Gerhard Moerdyk, Samaria 28/1 and 2, and the Vhembe military base.
To a degree, I might be hijacking this thread, but there is more to Mapungubwe that meets the eye... Smuts Huisie, Poachers Corner, the Bunker at Poachers Corner, Pik se Gat , the swimming pool at the Pinnacle. old one etc.
I would like to attach some photos, but an new to this web site and need to work it out first.
Let me know if you are interested.
PS! Looks like I have worked out the photos/galleries, but now need to understand how you add captions.
The photo above reflects the Vhembe Military base then, and some of the attractions.