Discover the diversity of South African wildlife while staying at the esteemed Mapesu Private Game Reserve. This is the perfect place for a breakaway with a loved one while admiring nature's best creations.
At 7,221 hectares, the Mapesu Private Game Reserve forms part of the Limpopo Valley Conservancy that borders the Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also inside the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA), a large 5.909km2 transnational conservation zone uniting South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
There are 46 mammal species either currently on the reserve or that have been identified as having recently been on the reserve. In September 2016, the conservationists released a herd of elephants onto Mapesu; these incredible creatures continue to shape the reserve’s flora. In December 2017, the reserve aligned with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Meta Population Project (Endangered Wildlife Trust) where they reintroduced two cheetahs into the reserve. As of February 2018 the reserve also serves as a home for 22 African buffalo. Three of the big 5 roam Mapesu with the remaining 2 species (lion and rhino) occurring inside Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site where game drives are also possible.
Each chalet is charmingly decorated and has feeling of being within nature without having to sleep outside.
Your self-catering chalet will consist of:
- 1 main bedroom with either 2 twin beds/1 double bed
- 1 bathroom with a shower
- Large closet
- A coffee table and 2 chairs
- Coffee/tea station
- Braai area
- Parking on the premises
- Lodge pool and bar area are close by
Guests are welcome to order breakfast, lunch or dinner from Mopane Bush Lodge restaurant at an additional cost.
Please note: There is no shop on site to buy supplies so stock up on necessities before arriving.
What to do while staying at Mapesu:
Game drives at Mapesu Private Game Reserve: Game drives at the reserve allows you to get the full history of the region and its wildlife. Pne game drive per stay is included in this offer.
Visit the Mapungubwe National Park: Mapungubwe National Park is adjacent to Mapesu and offers a wide variety of activities that has something special for each person. The National Park is famous for the rugged, sandstone formations alongside its wide variety of wildlife.
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre: Visit the awe-inspiring and award-winning Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre & Museum, commissioned to house artefacts and provide the history of the ancient civilation of Mapungubwe. The facility also has a coffee shop and gift shop for you to visit after the tour.
UNESCO World Heritage Site: This enriching visit to the UNESCO Mapungubwe World Heritage Site holds important evidence of an African kingdom ruling between AD900-1300. It will leave you amazed as to how and why this civilzation thrived but later faded into history.
Ancient rock art: The Koaxa’s Rock Art Shelter is an archaeological gem that showcases Bushmen art as old as 3000 years. South Africa is fortunate to have some of the richest legacies of rock art in the world. Visit this extraordinary site and learn about how and why this early expression of humanity was created.
Merging of two mighty rivers: Admire the spectacular views of the merge between the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, where three countries meet in one point. One can walk the treetop boardwalk with birdhide and see the spectacular views at the outlook, and behold the land as far as the eye can see.
Baobab tree heaven: This region features loads of these larger-than-life trees, some of which are over 500 years old, with a circumference of 45 meters. Feast your eyes on “The Tree of Life”, a tree that can live up to 2,500 years and is considered a national treasure.
Bird lovers paradise: This region is a popular destination for bird-watchers. There are over 380 birds catalogued in the park and the reserve, but this region is known to have over 430 species. Grab binoculars and your birding book and start ticking the boxes of the birds you spot!
The Schroda Dam nearby offers not only bird lovers glimpses of the variety of birds, but also gives the angler a go at catching tigerfish. In 2014, a video was captured of a tigerfish leaping out of the water to catch a bird in mid-flight, bringing international attention to South Africa (click here t
o watch the fascinating clips).
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R572 Musina / Pontdrift Road,