Cultural treasures, mysterious history and sheer natural beauty – Mapungubwe National Park offers all this and more. This year’s Mapungubwe Lecture forms part of an activity-packed weekend that will leave you with lasting memories. Bookings are now open!

Photo courtesy of Rudolph de Girardier

The annual Mapungubwe Lecture Series is fast becoming a highlight on the SANParks events calendar and with good reason. Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of dramatic landscapes or a culture vulture, the weekend is your chance to explore Mapungubwe National Park in the company of influential academics, guides and storytellers.

Taking place from 25 to 27 October 2019, the Mapungubwe Lecture Series is an all-inclusive weekend that will immerse you in the park’s rich heritage. Book your weekend package now, because you don’t want to miss out on these unforgettable experiences:

From elephants slowly rumbling past baobabs to the Limpopo lazily meandering its way along the park’s border, this scene has been untouched by time.

Photo courtesy of Karin Schermbrucker

Learn about the first indigenous kingdom in Southern Africa on a guided tour to Mapungubwe Hill and visit to the museum. Delve into the site’s significance during the keynote lecture by University of Cape Town professor Maano Rutsindela. And revel in rhythmic dances, joyous voices and enchanting tales during campfire performances under the stars. See the detailed programme below.

Photo courtesy of SANParks

What does the weekend include?

The weekend comprises two nights’ accommodation, all meals, activities, the lecture and the music festival. For your stay, choose between Leokwe or Limpopo Forest Tented Camps.

The earth tones of Leokwe Camp look at home in the surroundings. Photo courtesy of SANParks

Leokwe Camp: Located in the east of the park, this camp’s adobe-coloured cottages blend in perfectly with the sandstone hills. There’s a stunning swimming pool set among rocks and each cottage has a shaded veranda.

In the shade of mature trees lie the safari tents of Limpopo Forest Tented Camp. Photo courtesy of SANParks



Limpopo Forest Tented Camp: Situated under large trees in the west of the park, this camp’s tented suites exude romance.

Cost: All inclusive packages start at R3,250 per person sharing for two people in Limpopo Forest Tented Camp. See the full range of weekend package options.

Transport: Not keen to drive? Book a package with a return shuttle bus service from Gauteng.

What’s on the programme?

Friday 25 October
11:00-13:00 Arrival and check in
13:00-14:30 Lunch
15:00-17:00 At leisure – go for a game drive or explore the tree-top boardwalk
18:00-late Braai at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. Enjoy storytelling and cultural dance performances

Photo courtesy of SANParks.

Saturday 26 October
06:00-06:15 Tea and coffee
06:15-09:15 Guided heritage tour of Mapungubwe Hill
10:00-11:00 Brunch
11:00-12:30 Visit to interpretative centre and museum
13:00-17:00 At leisure – grab your camera and photograph the park’s iconic baobabs, birds and wildlife
18:00-late Keynote lecture and traditional music festival, complemented by dinner under the stars

Sunday 27 October
09:00-11:00 Breakfast
11:00 Depart Mapungubwe