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Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site

General Information

Internal Road Network:

Approximately 35 km of roads are suitable for normal sedan vehicles. A further 100 km is accessible to all terrain (4x4) vehicles. Fill up your fuel tank at Alldays/ Musina as you cannot buy petrol at the park.

Vehicle Restrictions:

No caravans are allowed in the park, due to the nature of the roads.

Fuel Stations: Petrol/ Diesel

Vehicle fuel is available in all parks (or is available on the park periphery):

  • South African legislation stipulates that fuel stations are only allowed to accept legitimate petrol / fuel / garage cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.
  • Unfortunately no credit cards will be accepted as payment for fuel at any fuel stations.

Day visitors:

Entry is via the SANParks Wild Card system, or payment at the gate.

Official hours:


From 08:00 in the morning to 16:00 in the afternoon.
Tel: +27 (0) 15 534 0102

Gate opening and closing times

From 06:00 to 18:00

Check-in / check-out

Check-in is from 12:00 to 18:00 and check-out is before 10:00.


The climate is semi-arid with mean annual rainfall ranging from 350 – 400 mm. Rainfall is highly variable and usually falls during the summer months. Extended periods of below average rainfall occur. In summer temperatures sometimes rise to 45 °C. The winters are mild.

Summer can be hot, but bearable and enjoyable if planned correctly. Early summer mornings and afternoons are the most rewarding in the park, for birds, trees and game. Winters are mild. There is on average 10 rainy days per year.

Hints & Tips

  • Mapungubwe National Park is an area with large and dangerous game animals and unguided walking is not permitted. Guests, who would like to arrange activities such as walks, drives and visits to cultural attractions, can do so directly with Mapungubwe.
  • Guests should take precautions against malaria when visiting Mapungubwe.
  • All Mapungubwe’s camps are accessible by normal sedan vehicles, as are many of the roads inside the Park. There are also a number of eco-trails for which a 4x4 is required.
  • The closest shops and fuel supplies to Mapungubwe are in Alldays and Musina, both about 70 km’s from the Park.

What visitors need to take:

  • There are no shops at Mapungubwe. The units are self catering and fully equipped. Take all food, drinks and firewood. The Vhembe Trails Camp is catered, but take your own drinks.
  • Sunscreen, hat, binoculars, field guides, liquids for drinking.
  • Fill up your fuel tank at Alldays/ Musina.


The significance of the Mapungubwe National Park and the areas surrounding it is enhanced by the potential role of the area as a sanctuary for viable populations of some of the most threatened large mammals on earth, such as the black rhinoceros, wild dog, cheetah, brown hyena and elephant. It also is one of the last protected areas of the Limpopo riverine forest.

Scientific services:

The area has tremendous potential for research, both cultural and biological. Currently there is an Elephant Project and numerous cultural research projects.


Poverty Relief projects worth R48 million was completed during 2002-2004. These projects provided work to more than 1 000 people. A next round of projects is planned for 2005-2007. With this funding the park intend to built an Interpretive Centre and rehabilitate numerous aspects of the park.

Contact Information

For enquiries:
E-mail Mapungubwe National Park
Tel: +27 (0) 15 534 0102


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