The purpose of this specific tour is to expose more visitors to the wonderful Mapungubwe World Heritage Site. Come experience the natural beauty of this region, and you will be surprised by the beauty and diversity of the area. It is done during June, when it is not as hot and humid in the area. The trip cost includes 3 meals per day, as well as the gratuities to the nature guides and lodge staff.
Day 1: Distance for day: 550 km
We depart early morning as we have a long drive ahead of us. It fortunately is all on the N1, which is a double highway. We travel on the N1 route towards Polokwane (formerly known as Pietersburg), and Makhado (Louis Trichard). Experience the variety of agricultural farming found along these routes. After lunch in Makhado we continue over the lovely Soutpansberg mountain range, through the tunnels, and onwards towards Musina. The whole route from Makhado to Mapungubwe is covered by giant Baobab trees, which is excellent for photo opportunities.
At Musina we turn in a westerly direction towards the Mapungubwe National Park. We stay in the park at a lovely self-catering guest house. We will for the duration of the tour have breakfast, lunch & dinner at the guest house.
Day 2: Distance for day: 20 km
It is best to do the tour of Mapungubwe Hill early in the morning, otherwise it becomes too hot. So we will depart early on the short drive to Mapungubwe National Park. The park is concerned with conserving the fauna and flora of the Limpopo Valley as well as the fascinating African Iron Age archaeological sites, San rock art and dinosaur fossils and footprints. On arrival at the park our first guided trip will be to Mapungubwe Hill. On doing the guided trip to the “Hill”, guest must also realise that there is a set of steps (easy going, but many – 147steps) to climb to get to the top of the hill. We do the climbing very slowly. Everyone that has done this previously, made it, and it was absolutely worth it. After doing the 3 hour guided tour to the Hill, we travel back to the guest house for a lovely brunch, and time to relax.
Around 14h00 we will have a light meal before returning to the park to visit the wonderful Mapungubwe Museum and Information centre, where many of the artefacts and information of Mapungubwe Hill is on display. For persons who perhaps do not want to do the climb of the hill in the morning, the information centre will be a good substitute. We then return to the guest house, for another wonderful dinner.
Day 3: Distance for day: 50 km
After a relaxing breakfast, it’s time to visit the nature side of the Mapungubwe National Park on an open vehicle. We will travel via various paths in the park. Please note the drive focuses mainly on the natural beauty of the park – its fantastic landscapes, rock formations and Baobab trees, and not the animals only. The Northern boundary of the Park is the Limpopo River, and on its banks it has giant fever trees, Mashatu or Nyala berry trees and Sycamore fig trees. The look - out point overlooking the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers is an awe-inspiring vista where three countries - Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa - meet. This is where will enjoy a picnic lunch. Wildlife at present includes elephant, white rhino, leopard, hyena, giraffe, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, kudu, waterbuck, impala, bushbuck, klipspringer and other plains game. This experience lasts for about 4 hours, where after guests will enjoy tea and cookies on our return at the guest house, followed by time to relax and dinner.
Day 4: Distance for day: 20 km
A more relaxed but very exciting day lies ahead. After a leisurely breakfast, we do a short drive to a private game farm adjoining the Mapungubwe. Here we will do a short nature walk to a very well preserved Rock art site. Our Guide will give us a very informative description of this very important site, which is in my own personal opinion, one of the best sites in the country. We return to the guest house for lunch, time for relaxation. Our last dinner will be at the guest house.
Day 5: Distance for day: 550 km
After an early breakfast it is time to leave this beautiful area. We follow a different route towards Polokwane, where we join the N1 again, towards Johannesburg. Enjoy lunch on route home, and arrive home during the mid - afternoon.
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