Mapungupwe - Vhembe wilderness camp




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    Default Mapungupwe - Vhembe wilderness camp

    Planning to visit Mapungupwe in March next year.
    Concidering to stay at Vhembe for 4 days or 2 days Vhembe, 2 days Mazhou.
    Has anyone recently stayed at Vhembe? How is the accommodation and area there?

    All opinions would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Mapungupwe - Vhembe wilderness camp

    Was there last year September. Booked the whole camp (4 chalets). Very nice and isolated with a nice dirty splash/rock "pool" up in the rocks which they will fill up for you should you ask. (That ended up taking all our water and the tank went bone dry, as the solar pump for the tank has a very low flow rate. Just enquire about that if you want the "pool" filled)

    The road into Vhembe is not sedan friendly. At All. Make sure to lock all food away. Very cute mice will rob you blind...

    Should I go to Mupangupwe again I will definitely consider returning to Vhembe for the pure isolation (should I be able to get all four chalets), but there's more wildlife on the other side...
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    Default Re: Mapungupwe - Vhembe wilderness camp

    We were a bit disappointing with Mapungubwe.

    We saw little game but there are lots of cows that come across the river to graze. Sort of ruins the experience.

    If you just want to chill then it is great. Some good places to park for sundowners. No gates at the internal camps
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    Default Re: Mapungupwe - Vhembe wilderness camp

    Stayed there in Feb 2016. Info provided by SANparks not quite correct:
    There is a plug in each chalet operated by a small solar panel. Pls expect power cuts!
    Lights and fan inside chalets also operated by this solar panel.
    We like this camp because of its small size and its unfenced.
    We had an elephant inside the camp at night who didnt like the wooden fence of the empty staff housing, so he put it down and marked it with a big muckheap
    To reach the small rock pool (highly recommended for sun downers!) just follow the small path from the kichen entrance up the hill.
    Expect bats living under the roofs; outside!
    Chalets clean and nice. Each has a sleeping area with 2 single beds (no place for an additional bed!), a separate room with WC and basin, another one with a huge shower,
    and a balcony with table and chairs.
    From the parking area you have to "climb up" a small hill to reach the camp.
    A remarkable achievement for untrained like us, incl. 41 degrees and loads of bags and cooler boxes!

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    Default Re: Mapungupwe - Vhembe wilderness camp

    I can't speak more highly of Vhembe Wilderness Camp. We stayed there back in 2014. It's booked per group so you will have the exclusive use of the camp. We had a herd of elephant walk right in front of the camp down to the Limpopo and we also saw lion with cubs about 200m from the camp on a koppie. Feels very wild, especially for a SANParks setup. Enjoy

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    Default Re: Mapungupwe - Vhembe wilderness camp

    We stayed at Vhembe over December. Great camp in a park that really is magical. The only sad part about Mapungubwe is the neglect all around. The "new" interprative centre is falling apart and general maintenance is zero.

    But Vhembe was well maintained.
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