Things to do near
Mapungubwe National Park
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Game Reserve in Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (18.3 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Home to the elusive African wild dog and four of the Big 5, Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve is an exciting addition to Mapungubwe National Park, the site of southern Africa’s first kingdom. Here you can experience quintessential Africa in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, just 80 km from Musina in the Limpopo Valley.Best loved for its wildlife,...
Musina(Messina) (77.1 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Messina Golf Club is a well kept and interesting golf course at very reasonable tariffs. There is a nice club house and pub were you can mingle with the friendly local members.
Musina Nature Reserve (81.3 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Spot rare antelope and marvel at bizarre trees
Previously named Messina Baobab Forest Reserve for the highest density of baobab trees in South Africa, Musina Nature Reserve is also home to the rare sable antelope.
Other wildlife you are likely to see is giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland and other antelope. Drive the two-hour circular route or get on...
Blouberg Nature Reserve (95.5 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Home to 500 breeding pairs of endangered Cape Vultures, the far flung Blouberg Nature Reserve is a dream destination for twitchers and nature lovers.
Catch all the action from a hide at the ‘Vulture Restaurant’. Best visited during winter months, you will be able to see Lappet-faced Vulture, Hooded Vulture, White-headed Vulture and White-backed...
Soutpansberg (100.1 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Mashovhela, also traditionally known as “the place where the drums can be heard”, is the second most sacred place in Venda folklore. This sacred site is still used occasionally by sangomas in rain-making ceremonies. A few years ago the sangomas beat their drums - shortly after which Venda had the heaviest rains and most devastating floods in...
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (110 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Louis Trichardt Golf Club is one of the best 9-hole courses in South Africa, if not the best.
The course features beautiful trees and is kept in excellent condition all year around. You'll experience a very friendly club atmosphere with good facilities, including a bar, board room, function facilities, halfway house, pro shop, putting green and...
Galleries and Museums
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (112.3 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
The Dancing Fish Gallery presents an exhibition about Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho culture, as well as their developments with arts and crafts from traditional, to transitional and contemporary.
The craft art shop, linked to the gallery displays arts and crafts from 25 individual artists and crafts groups in Northern Limpopo. If you're keen...
Galleries and Museums
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (113.9 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Can you hear the drum beat; can you feel the earth spin?
Venture off the beaten track 50km north-east of Louis Trichardt on the R523 between Thohoyandou and Makhado and you’ll find the Museum of the Drum and Dzata ruins.
The rural peacefulness of the place makes it hard to believe that this was once a thriving community. This significant...
Thohoyandou (126.3 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
One of South Africa’s largest natural lakes, Lake Fundudzi is situated near the northern part of the Soutpansberg. Visitors need special permission from Venda leaders to go there which makes its allure even more powerful.
The lake and its surrounding lush forests, waterfalls and mountains is imbued with a mystical and spiritual atmosphere. The...
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (129.9 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Roodewal Nature Reserve is a birders paradise where you can spot species like African broadbill, narina trogon and the eastern nicator. The reserve is just outside Louis Trichart and the guide is willing to meet you at your place of residence.
Morning, half day and full day trips can be organised with Sam Mulaudzi. Please call for further...
Thohoyandou (133 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Tramp through the Sacred Forest of Magoebaskloof
Easily one of the most stunning trails in the Limpopo, this four-day hiking trail will take you through the mountainous eastern fringe of the Soutpansberg.
The trail winds past a number of revered sites and the burial grounds of Venda chiefs.
A mystical atmosphere permeates the lush indigenous...
Mountain Biking Trails
Polokwane (Pietersburg) (133.6 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
An exciting activity offered by Nonyana Lodge and Safaris, this mountain bike trail has enough ups and downs to give you the extreme challenge you are looking for. Come and experience it for yourself.
The farm is situated in an area that is perfectly molded for mountain biking. Previous guests have reported the trail is very challenging. There...
Makhado (Louis Trichardt) (143.2 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Mukondeni Pottery Village was founded by Sarah Munyai, who started the art of pottery at the young age of 12. Today, Mukondeni Village has transformed into a place synonymous with pottery making.
The clay pots, which are based on traditional paintings of Venda and Tsonga people, are sold to tourists, businesses and locals alike. Drop by to browse...
Tshipise (144.7 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Sagole Baobab, also known as the Sagole Big Tree, is South Africa's largest baobab.
The impressive tree is located just east of Tshipise in Limpopo. It proudly stands 38.2 metres high, and has a whopping trunk diameter 10.47 metres. It's size is truly something to marvel.
Masebe Nature Reserve (182.8 km from Mapungubwe National Park)
Spectacularly scenic rock formations, excellent birding and game viewing make for a wonderful bush escape in this Waterberg reserve.
Home to rich birdlife, a weekend at Masebe Nature Reserve is a must for birders and those who love the wilderness. Besides game viewing and bird watching, other attractive activities on offer include hiking,...