For a chance to truly be immersed in Mapungubwe National Park’s magical and mystical heritage, join SANParks for its annual Lecture Series, Mapungubwe: The Beginning.

For one whole weekend, guests will explore Mapungubwe National Park’s rich archaeological and ancestral history presented by some of Africa’s most influential academics. With explorations of Mapungubwe Hill, the Mapungubwe Interpretative Centre and Museum, and the Confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, it’s an exclusive opportunity to experience this World Heritage Site’s cultural, historic and spiritual significance.

When: 21-23 September 2018
Where: Mapungubwe National Park

Did we mention dinners under the stars and ample game drives in search of Mapungubwe’s many wildlife wonders? This evocative landscape, where grey giants roam and stately baobabs tower, will undoubtedly steal your heart.

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This year, Mapungubwe welcomes keynote speaker Dr Mathole Motshekga, renowned author of numerous articles on African renaissance, philosophy, heritage and religion. Motshekga will be discussing Mapungubwe’s archeo-astronomical and cultural history, and its significance for nation building and social cohesion.


Friday 21 September 2018

11:00-13:00: Arrival and check-in
13:00-14:30: Lunch, introduction of weekend programme, and cultural performance and talk by Dr MC Neluvhalani
15:00-16:00: Visit to Mapungubwe Interpretative Centre
16:00-19:00: Leisure time
19:00: Braai

Saturday 22 September 2018

06:00-06:15: Tea and coffee
06:15-09:00: Heritage tour of Mapungubwe Hill
10:00-11:00: Brunch
11:00-17:00: Heritage Day celebrations – cultural performances with an arts and crafts market
17:00-18:00: Leisure time
18:00: Lecture Series – Mapungubwe’s archeo-astronomical and cultural history and its significance for nation building and social cohesion presented by Dr Mathole Motshekga. The evening will be concluded with a contemporary traditional music festival and dinner under the stars.

Sunday 23 September 2018

09:00-11:00: Breakfast
11:00: Depart from Mapungubwe

Rates & bookings

Weekend packages are available from R2,866 per person sharing. For enquiries, send an email to [email protected].

Want to have a peek at what went down at last year’s event? Click here to read more about Wild’s extraordinary weekend.

Pictures by Rudolph de Girardier