GPS Coordinates: -22.2742736,29.4861684
Mapesu private game reserve is located in the far North of South Africa in Limpopo province. It is around 6 hours’ drive from Johannesburg and the closest town is Alldays. Mepsu is also only 40 min away from the Pontdrift border post making it an ideal stopover for the Tuli block.
The 7200-hectare reserve aims to restore the natural environment and re-establish bio-diversity while still providing visitors a personal bush experience.
The reserve is mostly mopani veld with scatterings of baobabs, cork trees and syringas.
The campsite has 24 individual, unfenced sites with three shared ablutions.
Most of the stands have tents already set up with three open stands for campers. All stands have electricity and water is only available at the ablutions.
The open stands are medium sized and will fit a maximum of two off-road caravans.
Arguably the best stand is the baobab site. All the open sites have a braai (BBQ), firepit, bin and lights.
The 3 shared ablutions each feature 4 solar heated showers, 4 toilets, 2 basins and an outside sink. These ablutions are serviced daily and are really nice.
The only snag at Mapesu is that you’re not allowed to drive here yourself. It would’ve been nice to know this beforehand and the guided game drives are quite pricey ranging between 300 and 400 rands. Alhtough the reserve has 4 of the big 5 I only saw buffalo.
There is also the Monpani lodge at Mapesu that provides other types of accommodation, a restaurant as well as firewood and ice for campers. So aside from the fact that you can’t self-drive here, Mapesu’s campsite is a great stopover and a really nice place to relax. I’ll definitely consider camping here again on my way to Botswana.
Bookings can be made through email or telephone;
Tel: +27 015 534 7906
Mapungubwe is a Malaria area.
Firewood and ice is available to purchase