On 8 April 1933, a remarkable discovery of a grave of unknown origin, filled with works of gold, was made on the summit of a natural rock stronghold in Mapungubwe. The remains of this ancient society, now known as the Kingdom of Mapungubwe, had lain forgotten for more than seven centuries.
This site tells the story of a flourishing Iron-Age metropolis on the Limpopo River ruled by an African King almost a thousand years ago. A visit to Mapungubwe Hill, the place where archaeologists excavated the famous golden rhino, and the amazing interpretation centre near the main gate, home to the Golden Rhino, is a must for your visit to Limpopo.
HOW WE RATE IT & WHY WE LIKE IT
Mapungubwe is renowned for the golden rhino and is believed to be the precursor of Great Zimbabwe, the most remarkable Iron Age site in southern Africa. Come here to discover an ancient African kingdom, Southern Africa’s first. Take a walk, see a baobab tree, visit a museum, stay overnight at one of the lodges and experience the wild expanse of Africa and its bush sunsets. Welcome to this very special World Heritage Site.