Series: MAPUNGUBWE NATIONAL PARK - World Heritage Site

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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All info in the series: From SANPARKS (South African National Parks.
ALL CAPTURES BY MYSELF
Alle inligting in die reeks: SANPARKS (Suid Afrikaanse Nasionale Parke)
Hierdie foto: Ek was absoluut gefasineerd met die argitektuur, en materiaal, van die geboue, in aanbou. Ongelukkig was daar geen manier wat ek toegang kon kry vir nadere ondersoek nie.
Al inligting wat ek kon kry was dat dit ’n Museum en Administratiewe geboue is.
Die hele kompleks is uit klip, van Mapungubwe, gebou.
*I was facinated with the architecture and materials used for these buildings, all fitted in so well with the invironment!

MAPUNGUBWE NATIONAL PARK and WORLD HERITAGE SITE, SOUTH AFRICA
Perfect for those in search of serenity,identity and the extraordinary history of this World Heritage Site. Visit the lost city on Mapungubwe Hill, listen to the trumpeting of elephants and watch the eagles soar

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is the ideal location for anyone interested in the park’s wildlife and birds, to those in search of serenity, identity and the extraordinary history of this World Heritage Site…
Come and join these diverse pilgrims and share unforgetable moments sipping sundowners at the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, watch the eagles soar over Botswana and Zimbabwe’s skies, hear the echo of elephant trumpets, take a tree top walk or just relax and absorb the surroundings… Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and the cultural importance of the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe

Kings & Riches
What makes Mapungubwe a World Heritage Site and a place of pilgrimage for Africans is the amazing history of Mapungubwe Hill and its surroundings.
The people that inhabited this area between 900 and 1270 AD were cattle and crop farmers who extensively participated in the Indian Ocean trade with Egypt, India and China. Their wealth and the physical division between the sacred leader and the commoners were a first for Southern Africa – the disbanding of the kingdom still puzzles scientists
Rocking Art
Mapungubwe also speaks of earlier times of human habitation. The San and their forebears roamed the area for the last 5.000 years. They left over 150 (documented) rock art sites in the Limpopo/Shashe confluence area, a rich library of painted and engraved images that provide insight into the world and beliefs of these hunter-gatherers. Depiction of kudus is very typical for the rock art shelters in this area
Park in Progress
From the rediscovery of Mapungubwe in 1932 to the Battle of Dongola – the recent history that ultimately led to the proclamation of the park is intriguing. The battle for example was a public and parliamentary debate which in 1947 culminated in a protected area of 92.000 hectares. A year later the Nationalist Party won the elections and disbanded the park. With the proclamation of Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site history is now full circle

The Lost City: Visit Mapungubwe Hill, where a far developed African civilisation prospered between 1200 and 1270 AD. The area was already inhabited by a growing Iron Age community from 900 AD and became rich through trade with faraway places like Egypt, India and China. This is the place where archeologists excavated the famous golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom.
Wildlife and Mystic Scenery: Sandstone formations, mopane woodlands and unique riverine forest and baobab trees form the astounding scenic backdrop for a rich variety of animal life. Elephant, giraffe, white rhino, eland, gemsbok and numerous other antelope species occur naturally in the area. Lucky visitors might spot predators like lions, leopards and hyenas. Birders can tick off 400 species, including kori bustard, tropical boubou and pel’s fishing owl.
Joining Nations: The Iron Age civilization of Mapungubwe was not limited by the Limpopo river and animals have always been able to wander around in the area of present-day South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. This is why South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with Botswana and Zimbabwe on June 22nd setting out principles for the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA).

Mapungubwe is centrally placed in the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area and contributes to regional conservation goals.
The park is embedded in a landscape of various land uses and stakeholder interests. Elephants move across the landscapes that span Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, restricted by private land and fences and attracted by water (especially boreholes) in the fry season. Where elephants go determines where and how much they utilize these landscapes.

Heritage Tours
As part of this tour, you will be given the opportunity to visit the elite graveyard at the top of Mpaungubwe Hill, view a natural amphitheatre and the entire spectrum of the region… traverse the territory once walked upon by the ancestral Mapungubwe People … now roamed by four of the Big 5.
Do the Tree Top Walk
Take a walk among the riverine forest on a raised canopy walk that takes you to a hide over looking the Limpopo River
Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site
Mapungubwe and its recent declaration as a World Heritage Site has helped to highlight the significance of cultural heritage within SANParks.The inextricable links between people, biodiversity conservation and cultural heritage have become more evident through Mapungubwe. A number of initiatives have now come up within SANParks to enable a more dedicated focus on cultural heritage and community participation.

The formation of the park at a time when issues of landownership and restitution has come to the fore throughout southern Africa also provides an opportune moment for the park authorities to implement models of outreach to local communities. The park now regularly hosts communities from Botswana and Zimbabwe who, for almost more than 100 years were cut off from ancestral land of which their ancestors once were an integral part. In this way the park is reaching out to a broader Southern-African community – an initiative that, it is hoped, will eventually culminate in the formation of a Transfrontier Conservation Area. Transfrontier Conservation Areas signifciantly promote regional integration, greater biodiversity, environmental tourism and economic growth

Take N1 North to Polokwane; in Polokwane CBD take R521 to Dendron, about 40km to Vivo to join Alldays, another 23km to the Mapungubwe Entrance and Reception.
Take N1 to Polokwane CBD, 107km to Makhado to Musina with the N1. From Musina join R572 about 68km to the Mapungubwe Entrance and Reception.
Air: Closest airport is Polokwane, 200 km from the park.
Car hire: There is an Avis Office in Musina.
Coaches: Daily coach service to Musina from Gauteng

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