14 September 2012

Mapungubwe National Park: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre officially opened

The new Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, winner of the 2009 World Building of the Year award, was officially opened at Mapungubwe National Park outside Musina in Limpopo in South Africa on 10 September 2012. The complex landscape of the Mapungubwe National Park, which was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2003, was both the inspiration for the design and the source of the materials for the construction of the new Interpretation Centre. The 1,500 sqm centre was designed by Peter Rich Architects from Johannesburg.

The Kingdom of Mapungubwe was a pre-colonial state in Southern Africa located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers. It was South Africa's first kingdom, and developed into the subcontinent's largest realm, lasting for 400 years before it was abandoned in the 14th century.
The 28,000ha Mapungubwe National Park, located in Limpopo, is bordering Botswana and Zimbabwe. Together with the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and the Tuli Safari Circle in Zimbabwe, it forms part of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area.

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