Vhembe-Dongola, now Mapungubwe National Park, was formed in 1995 when the South African National Parks was appointed to conserve and enhance the tourism potential of the area. Declared a World Heritage Site in July 2003, Mapungubwe today forms the core area of the newly opened Mapungubwe National Park. The park is situated 60 km west of Musina and 230 km north-west of Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo.
Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates. Seventy percent of the Kruger Park lies within the Limpopo Province. A sweeping expanse of indigenous bush, sub-tropical lowveld vegetation and terraced hills and the largest national park in South Africa, this unique wilderness area is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world.