Today we are at the northern border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana- in Mapubungwe. The area is reportedly Southern Africa’s first kinggom, established at Mapungubwe Hill between 1200 and 1290 AD. It was home to a powerful ethnic group that flourished on trading with Eastern cultures such as China and India. It saw the rise and fall of the great civilisation more than 700 years ago. According to South African National Parks,  the park which is in this World Heritage Site is the ideal location for anyone interested in wildlife and birds and for those  in search of serenity and identity. Mapungubwe means “place of Jackals,” or  “place where Jackals eat” or, according to Professor Leo Fouché —one of the earliest excavators of Mapungubwe—”hill of the jackals”.

Mapungubwe National Park is divided into an Eastern and Western section. Bookings at lodges require one to drive outside the park in order to rejoin the Western section of the Park where the camps are located.  The area has  dangerous game animals and unguided walking is not permitted.

We showcase some of the pictures from this beautiful site.

Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta in Mapungubwe Photo: Flickr/ Derek Keats

 

African Elephant, Loxodonta africana – adults and young drinking at waterhole in Mapungubwe
Photo: Flickr/ Derek Keats
A beautiful site at Mapungubwe, Limpopo, South Africa. Photo: Flickr/ South African Tourism

 

Black-headed oriole, Oriolus larvatus, at Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo, South Africa Photo: Flickr/ Derek Keats

 

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape (South Africa) Photo: Wiki/ Unesco

 

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape (South Africa) Photo: Wiki/ Unesco