Attractions IN Mapungubwe

Miscellaneous / Natural Wonders

The Baobabs

The giant Baobab trees grow mainly in the hot, semi-arid areas north of the Soutpansberg mountain. Legend has it that in a frivolous mood, the gods planted Baobabs upside down with their roots exposed to the sky. The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is ...

Attractions AROUND Mapungubwe


Lake Fundudzi

The enchanted body of water known as Lake Fundudzi is a sacred lake of the Venda people that lies in the heart of the Soutpansberg and is one of the few true inland lake systems in South Africa. Lake Fundudzi can be found on the R523 between Thohoyandou ...

Landmarks / World Heritage Sites

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape is situated in the extreme north of this country, where South Africa meets Botswana and Zimbabwe. However, it was once (between 900 and 1300 CE) the centre of gold and ivory trade with ...

Game Reserves / National Parks

Mapungubwe National Park

Set right up against the northern border of South Africa, uniting Botswana and Zimbabwe, lies Mapungubwe National Park - an extensive savannah landscape situated at the meeting place of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. This is the land of sandstone ...

Mountain Reserves / Forests / Nature Reserves

Soutpansberg Conservancy

The Soutpansberg Conservancy, consisting of 90 000 hectares, was formed to protect an incredibly sensitive and beautiful part of the world. Drive across the arid, flat vastness of the northern Limpopo Province, and the sandstone of the Soutpansberg ...

Forests / Nature Reserves

Thathe Vondo Forest

Regarded as the most majestic and beautiful forest in the Limpopo region, Thathe Vondo is also regarded as sacred by the local Venda people. Folklore tells of many tales, ranging from sitings of sacred white lions, thunder-and-lighting birds which are ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve

In what can only be described as the far northern reaches of South Africa lies the 36 000 hectare Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Valley. The reserve is called a 'piece of old Africa', not least because of the presence of Baobabs and rather ...

... and a little further afield

Landmarks / Lakes / Dams

Albasini Dam

The biggest body of water in the area, Albasini Dam lies east of Makhado (Louis Trichardt), just south of the Entabeni State Forest. Named after Joćo Albasini, a slave trader and elephant hunter the remains of whose trading post lies close to the new ...

Nature Reserves

Ben Lavin Nature Reserve

The rather heady mix of assorted sour bushveld, riverine woodland that lines the almost always arid watercourses, and vast plains of thornveld set against the rolling foothills of the Soutpansberg, make the Ben Lavin Nature Reserve, close to Louis ...

Nature Reserves

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Situated west of Makhado, just off route 521, the Blouberg Nature Reserve lies in relative obscurity in the midst of rural village and farming communities at the foot of the eastern foothills of the Blouberg Mountain, for its part an inselberg of the ...


Entabeni Forest

Entabeni forest is a strip of Afro-temperate mist-belt forest that is part of the state Entabeni plantation. As such it is one of few remaining forests of this description and harbours some of the province's most exciting ...

Forests / Mountain Reserves

Hanglip Forest Reserve

Locally known as Hanglip Bosreservaat, the reserve has over 340 hectares of indigenous sub-tropical forest criss-crossed with hiking paths, mountain forest streams and the call of birds. During the heat of the summer months, the forest provides a ...

Nature Reserves

Langjan Nature Reserve

Lying just north east of Blouberg Nature Reserve, on the R521 to Alldays, west of Makhado, the Langjan Nature Reserve is typified by gorgeous red sand dunes and scrub-acacia bushveld vegetation - lush during the summer rainfalls and equally dry during ...

Golf Courses

Louis Trichardt Golf Club

The Louis Trichardt Golf Club takes its name after the town it has been built in and is widely known as one of the very best South African nine-hole golf courses. The course enjoys stunning scenery and right off the tee one can enjoy mountainous vistas, ...

Nature Reserves

Makuya Nature Reserve

Makuya, also known as Makuya Nature Reserve, shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park and is about an hour's drive from the Pafuri Gate. A relatively small reserve its 16 000 hectares are leased from the Makuya, Mutele, and Mphaphuli ...

Nature Reserves

Maremani Nature Reserve

Maremani Nature Reserve is a 41 000 hectare reserve north east of Johannesburg. It is owned by a charity foundation whose focus is to preserve nature and protect wildlife. A relatively unknown private nature reserve, Maremani lies in an arid to semi-arid ...

Nature Reserves

Morning Sun Nature Reserve

Morning Sun Nature Reserve lies in the Soutpansberg Mountains of Limpopo, a natural heritage site that forms part of the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Region. The Vhembe Biosphere Region includes the northern part of the Kruger National Park, the Mapungubwe ...

Mapungubwe as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Alldays, Louis Trichardt, Makhado, Musina, Soutpansberg Conservancy, Thohoyandou, Vivo

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