The Limpopo River

The Limpopo River forms the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe; millions of people have crossed the border in the last decade.

Rudyard Kipling immortalised the Limpopo in his Just So Stories, calling it “the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever trees”.

Mapungubwe National Park is located at point where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet, in the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers.
Mapungubwe National Park provides sanctuary for some of the most threatened mammal species, such as the black rhino, wild dog and brown hyena.

The Kingdom of Mapungubwe was a 13th century society thought to have been the most complex early civilisation in southern Africa.

Mapungubwe became successful as a trading society, exchanging gold and ivory for glass and shells brought by Chinese and Indian traders.
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