Mapungubwe is unique in South Africa and a park that offers a very different experience for visitors. Mapungubwe is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has both cultural and environmental significance. Although wildlife is not as much of a highlight as in other parks, the scenery is spectacular, and Mapungubwe Hill is the site of an ancient civilization. Elephant, white rhino and several antelope species are regularly spotted.
0900, Mapungubwe Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa
A good time to visit Mapungubwe is from March to May after the rains when the air is free of dust, and the heat is less oppressive than in the middle of summer. Rainfall is scarce most of the year, but when it does occur, it’s during the summer. As a result, animals are more elusive and can be harder to spot at this time. In the drought of the winter, their whereabouts are more easily predicted as they don’t stray far from water sources.