This Heritage Month, US Embassy invites high school learners to join its virtual discussion with the University of Pretoria to learn more about the Mapungubwe Collection, its significance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and why the U.S. supports the cultural preservation efforts at Mapungubwe.
They survived centuries of elephant onslaught. Now climate change is killing these iconic baobabs; Tristen Taylor & Nathalie Bertrams; Monga Bay
Scraping sounds fill the nights at Mapungubwe, a national park at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, where the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa meet. Families of elephants relentlessly tear the bark off ancient baobabs, scraping their tusks on the trees and digging deep into their cores to extract the fibrous, moisture-rich interior.
The continued threat of coal mining at the Mapungubwe world heritage site; Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu; The Conversation
Without a clear framework within which decisions can be made, heritage resources will forever be threatened by development.
Choose a UNESCO World Heritage sites for your next trip. These protected locations have been chosen as being of ‘outstanding value to humanity.’
New coal mining operations could threaten South Africa’s Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.
It’s incredible to think that South Africa has Ten sites that have ‘outstanding universal value to humanity’. These places form part of a World Heritage…
South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage have become tightly inter-woven with no less than four heritage sites located inside national parks.
Thulamela is a stone-walled site situated in the Far North region of the Kruger National Park (KNP), and dates back to approximately 450 – 500 years before present (BP).
This late Iron Age site forms part of what is called the Zimbabwe, culture which is believed to have started at Mapungubwe. Mapungubwe’s decline coincided with the increase of Great Zimbabwe’s importance. When Great Zimbabwe was abandoned about 300 years later, possibly due to political break down, several groups moved south across the Limpopo river into the North Eastern areas of South Africa (and Northern Kruger) and established new smaller chiefdoms such as Thulamela
Plans to mine coal by Australia’s Coal for Africa close to the Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage site have been put on hold.
This follows some concerns over the impact of coal mining and related activities on the environment, specifically the impact of mining on water and heritage resources in the area.
For the first time in South Africa, an offset agreement has been negotiated as a condition to obtain a mining license by the coal company. This means that any mining damage caused by Coal for Africa will be monetised and penalised.
The agreement is a win say environmentalists, who have said that should mining go ahead in the area, they have negotiated a deal that protects the area’s living and cultural heritage.
MAPUNGUBWE – Plans to mine coal close to the Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage site are on hold, but environmentalists are happy that should the mining go ahead, they have negotiated a deal that protects the area’s living and cultural heritage.
In the Mapungubwe valley, shortly after the death of Christ, there lived an African civilisation that was so advanced that it mined gold, crafted it into beautiful jewelry and artifacts, and traded goods with people as far as from China.
Situated just off the confluence of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, Mapungubwe Hill was home to the royal family and is where they were buried together with priceless gold artifacts.
Mapungubwe is one of the most significant historical landmarks in Southern Africa. Located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a historical marvel that not only carries cultural significance, but also presents a beautifully scenic travel destination.
Here are some of the reasons why you need to check it out:
I visited the Mapungubwe National Park over this weekend as part of SANParks’ Cultural and Spiritual Weekend and one of the things I was most excited about was catching a glimpse of the confluence that separates South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. It was breathtaking how, during sunset over a raised viewing deck, our tour guide indicated where the three countries were divided by the Shashe and Limpopo rivers.
Nine pictures to remind you of the beautiful World Heritage sites in South Africa; Alexis Haden; The South African
We live in a magnificent country.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.
As of 2016, there are nine World Heritage Sites in South Africa, including five cultural sites, three natural sites and one mixed site.
Now, you already know that South Africa is beautiful. But if you needed another reminder…
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
Where is it?
Basically, wherever there is precious fynbos in the Cape. The area covers Covering 78,555 km², Cape Floristic Region hotspot is located entirely within the borders of South Africa.
Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
Where is it?
The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Limpopo is home to three national parks – Mapungubwe National Park, which borders Botswana and Zimbabwe, and which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site; the Kruger National Park, which straddles the Vhembe and Mopani regions; and the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg region.
All three contain the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.
Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site
Sip sundowners at the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe rivers, watch the eagles soar over Botswana and Zimbabwe’s skies, hear the echo of elephant calls, take a tree-top walk or just relax and absorb the surroundings. The Mapungubwe National Park is rich in biodiversity, scenic beauty and contains many archaeological treasures.
Nearest airport: Phalaborwa
Driving distance from Johannesburg: Approximately six hours
More information: sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe/
Cottages at Leokwe Rest Camp