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Although this site is quite a drive from Joburg, Mapungubwe Hill is worth a visit for any fan of world heritage sites. The Kingdom of Mapungubwe (1075-1220) was a pre-colonial Southern African state located on the borders of Zimbabwe and Botswana and is also known as the ‘Lost City of Gold’. They were an iron age civilisation and are known for their trade of gold and ivory to China.

Venue: Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg) and at Polokwane take the R521 to Vivo/Dendron. A further 146km brings one to Alldays. In Alldays turn right towards Pontdrift and a further 46km brings one to the R572, where you turn right towards Messina. The main gate is 23km along this road.

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