Mapesu Private Game Reserve South Africa

Mopane Bush Lodge is located within the pristine wildlife haven of Mapesu Private Game Reserve, a private game farm for the exclusive use of guests of Mopane Bush Lodge. Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, tracking game, game viewing, birding or bush drives, this evocative wilderness area provides a safe environment for these activities. Touch the face of Africa.

Adjoining the Mapungubwe National Park, Mopane Bush Lodge, as the name suggests, is situated within rolling landscapes of mopane veld on the 12,500 hectares Mapesu Private Game Reserve in Limpopo. It lies in the summer rainfall region of Southern Africa with typical hot African summers and warm winters.

This reserve, crisscrossed with dry watercourses, low hills, and rocky outcrops, is home to an astounding array of wildlife and an impressive diversity of indigenous and endemic botanical life.

Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, game tracking or bush drives, this Private Game Reserve in South Africa provides a safe environment for game viewing, birding and sensing the bush.

There are clearly marked walking trails from the lodge to the Mapedu River and our dam hide. Walking in the bush allows you to step into the wilderness and become a part of the patterns and movements of the resident wildlife and its ancient habitat.

Mapesu Private Game Reserve offers particularly rewarding birding, especially in our summer months (October – March) in all of Limpopo.

The Northern boundary of Mapesu is the Southern boundary of the Eastern end of the Mapungubwe National Park. Sometime in the future, Mapesu Nature Reserve will be incorporated into the proposed Greater Mapungubwe TransFrontier Park, incorporating the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and adjacent areas of Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe National Park and the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve in South Africa

With the incorporation of Mapesu Private Game Reserve into the proposed TransFrontier Park, the boundary fences between the properties will be removed. This will enable the wildlife to roam over a much wider area and the whole area be brought under common conservation management.


Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe National Park | Safari Lodge in South Africa | Safari in Limpopo | Mopane Bush Lodge

Mapungubwe National Park is South Africa’s youngest and most northerly national park. Covering an area of roughly 28,000ha, it is quite close to the 4 star rated Mopane Bush Safari Lodge, and the park plays an important part in the conservation of the Limpopo Valley’s ecology. Many historically significant African Iron Age archeological and San rock art sites are protected within the park as well as dinosaur fossils and footprints.

Since officially opening on September 24th 2004, Mapungubwe National Park has been developed with roads, picnic sites, birding boardwalks, and hides, walking trails and 4×4 trails. Yet Mapungubwe National Park still embodies the very soul of this primeval continent, an ancient valley where baobabs proliferate and sandstone outcrops preside over a landscape that resounds with heart-breaking beauty.

Here you can stand on a ridge overlooking the confluence of the seasonal Shashe and legendary Limpopo rivers. Physically dividing the countries of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and the focal point of the proposed trans frontier park that will eventually bind them together.

Mapungubwe National Park | Safari in Limpopo | Mopane Bush Lodge

Explore the green verges of Kipling’s greasy Limpopo and revel in the wonder of jaundiced fever trees, wrinkled elephants, and dainty bushbuck, surrounded by a dazzling array of insect and avian life.
The park is home to many species of wildlife including elephant, white rhino, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, brown hyena, giraffe, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, kudu, waterbuck, impala, bushbuck, klipspringer. The park boasts an impressive list of 387 confirmed bird species. Check our birding excursion.

The beauty of the park, the fascination of the heritage, the awesome view at the confluence, the magnificent art of the San, the majesty of the baobabs – get it all, on one of these safaris. Mopane Bush Lodge, being quite close to the park, plans and executes tailor made safaris that include the most sought after activities when guests want to get the most rewarding Mapungubwe experience for the time available.

Begin planning your Mapungubwe safari with Mopane Bush Lodge. Let us know which activities you are interested in when booking and we will do our best to make your Mapungubwe safari the best it can be.

“Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out.” – Rudyard Kipling


Mapungubwe National Park Western Section and Maloutswa Hide Tour

For this game drive you will join us to the western section of Mapungubwe National park. As the National park is divided into an Eastern and Western section, separated by private lands in between which do not form part of the park.

Here we have the opportunity to spend some quality time at Maloutswa hide overlooking the waterhole and the animal activities surrounding it.

The hide offers a great way to experience wildlife big and small without interrupting their daily activities and natural behaviour.

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