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Leokwe Camp - Mapungubwe National Park
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“A place of peace”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We had originally booked to stay at the Limpopo Forest camp but were advised that baboons were terrorising the tent occupants and having experienced the mess the baboons can make at our tent in Punda Maria we settled for Leokwe Camp.

We had stayed there before and had wanted to use the different camp to see more of the reserve but it wasn't to be. Not to worry, it gives a great reason to come back again.

The chalets are great, well equiped and have a good layout. They also offer some fine views into amazing rock formations. Some areas need a little TLC but they did not spoil our enjoyment of the place. It is sad that it is so quiet, perhaps they need to publicise the park more.

We had some great time on the 4x4 trail with a host of animals and birds to view. What I love about this park is that the animals are still curious of vehicles and unlike other parks, they are a little less likely to bolt as soon as a car arrives. It is also great that you are often the only vehicle for miles making it much easier to enjoy the real peace and quiet.

The treetop walkway had been damages as a result of the flooding earlier in the year but work was already underway to bring it back to its former glory.

The following is not a fault of the park but of Sanparks who did not notify its visitors that the bridge from Musina was down resulting in, what we expected to be the end of a long journey, being only the start of a long diversion.

You also have to be organised with all your provisions, including charcoal and firelighters as there is no where to buy any essentials within the park and it is a long way to the nearest shop.

The interpretation centre is a must, it is a magnificent piece of architecture, well laid out and very informative. So good to know that they employed local people to build the place instilling a real sense of ownership. It is a fascinating part of the country with a host of history that many of us are not aware of, making it even more important that as many people as possible visit the park and the surrounding area.

Add Mapungubwe to a future trip, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Leokwe Camp Mapungubwe
We stayed here for four nights as a family and had an absolutely wonderful time. It’s so quiet in the middle of the day that you can hear birds cracking open seeds with their bills. The accommodation is clean and spacious and well equipped – the standard cottages have two single beds and a sleeper couch. There‘s also a small dining table which we moved outside to eat close to the braai.
The camp didn’t appear to be full when we were there and the cottage units are all at a reasonable distance from each other that you don’t feel that you are surrounded – ours had a huge baobab tree just outside our front door and spectacular views of the encompassing rock walls. Family cottages have satellite TV but there was more than enough going on in the bush to keep us occupied
The kitchens are well equipped and have microwaves, toasters and a two ring hotplate, plus an outside braai (barbeque) area with a grid and skottel (hot plate). The only downside was that there wasn’t a shop that sold wood or charcoal in the park and with the bridge out on the Musina side, the nearest place to buy provisions is in Alldays – a round trip of 140kms! The website says that there are tuck s hops in several locations in the park – none had any stock (apart from boxes of firelighters) whatsoever and that at Leokwe itself was never open. Just make sure that you go fully prepared to self cater for your evening meal and don’t expect even basic commodities to be for sale. It was a minor gripe because the setting is lovely, the wildlife stunning and the relaxed atmosphere makes this a must visit National Park.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We stayed for two nights in Leokwe camp with friends. The accommodation is very good and also the facilities. It is a magic place and well worth visiting. Our chalet was not serviced and it was clear that management did not manage the housekeeping well. We did complain but got no reaction from Norman the manager other than "I will investigate" which of course did not help us at all. There was another gentleman (I think his name was Cedric) who does not understand how to speak or interact with customers and needs to be trained. One early morning we found the security guard fast asleep.. It is actually a pity as a lot of money has been invested in this heritage site but the staff really need a good shake-up and training. I will rate cleanliness as very good only because it was clean when we arrived.

Room Tip: We stayed in chalets 10 and 11 which was quieter and furherest away from the entrance and the roads...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

This is a newer establishment in the fairly new Mapungubwe National Park. The bedroom room is spacious with a separate dining and kitchen area. A lovely covered patio sits out back. There is a separate outdoor shower. We stayed in #2 and had a friendly baobab tree out back. There is a carport in front which is trip if you are driving a pick-up/bakkie. A couch can accommodate a third person.

The park reception staff are friendly but do not know much about things to do and see. There are no tarred roads in the camp. Cedric is a good guide. Do not expect to see many animals - this is not really a place for game. Trail markings are poor.

Room Tip: Room 10 and 11 are near the rocks out back, so more private. Room 2 has your own friendly baobab tr...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

This was our first visit to Mapungubwe NP, we stayed 4 nights in Leokwe Camp over the long weekend. The camp is perfectly situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by beautiful sandstone cliffs, is very quiet and secluded which definitely gives one the feeling of peace & tranquility away from the madding crowds.

The chalets are really lovely, well equipped and nicely laid out with views over the bush & surrounding rocky outcrops. We loved the bathroom with it's "open air" outdoor shower. The pool area is lovely & has facilities for braaing / picnicing, there is a tuck shop advertised on the board but we did not see that opened during our stay which is a pity.

The park itself is really beautiful with the most amazing scenery which for us as first time visitors was a pleasant surprise & not what we expected. The roads are well maintained, even though here & there, there are still small sections affected by the recent devastating floods. The Treetop Walk is beautiful, however the last 50m & the hide itself is still closed due to the flood damage. The Maloutswa Bird Hide in the Western section was also all but wiped out & is still under water. Hopefully these are restored shortly as they are beautifully placed.

We saw a lot of game in various parts of the park, the Khongoni & Kanniedood 4 x 4 routes are well worth doing if you have the right vehicle & they wind through big plains where the animals are easily found.

We did the whole of the Tshughulu 4 x 4 Eco Route, again the scenery is really stunning. The route is well worth doing (definitely with the right vehicle with low range or at the very least diff lock) & in our opinion could even be charged for as per the Kruger 4 x 4 routes as this certainly rivals those for scenery & adventure! There are parts shown on the park map that are not accessible at all & have not been used for some time, some of the direction signage is missing so the route not clear (thank goodness for Tracks4Africa navigation) & we had to do a few tight u-turns at certain points, but what you can do is excellent.

The Interpretive Centre is great & the museum is very interesting. We did not eat at the restaurant but it looks very nice. The little shop was nt open on arrival mid morning, but had been opened by the time we had been through the museum. It has a small selection of curios & collectables. My husband did the Mapungubwe Hill tour with Cedric which he said was well worthwhile & very informative. Having done that he found the museum even more fascinating having heard the background beforehand.

Overall this was a terrific experience, the park is a well kept secret & a real gem and we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Midrand, South Africa
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

The Leokwe Camp at Mapungubwe in the Limpopo Province of South Africa is close to the border with Zimbabwe, waaay up north. The Camp comprises of luxury rondavels which are well appointed with a kitchenette so self catering is a possibility. The kitchenette also sports a microwave oven and a fridge.

The luxury rondavels are located behind a shielding range of hills, giving the impression of severance from the hustle and bustle of the world; the place is extremely quiet and peaceful. a braai (barbecue) facility is available on the porch of the unit which allows for a relaxing restful time out back and from this point one is able to view small game and wildlife moving about the base and sides of the hills. The beds are very comfortable and the unit sports an open air shower with hot and cold water.

A short walk away at a raised observation deck lies a swimming pool filled with warm natural spring water. Restaurant facilities, should one wish to use this is a 20 minute drive to the main reception and Interpretation Centre of the park.

Recommended.

Room Tip: Any rondavel is sure to please as they are all well maintained, with virtually equal views.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

I travelled to Leokwe on December, It was my first time and i enjoyed every moment.The accomodation was wow, more that i expected.Very nice for spending quality time with family.Leokwe made my December holidays memorable.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Leokwe Camp - Mapungubwe National Park
Address: Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Mapungubwe National Park
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Hotel Class:2 star — Leokwe Camp - Mapungubwe National Park 2*

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