The Mapungubwe legend
The four-star Mapungubwe Hotel Apartments opened its doors to the public in October. From the moment you step into the lobby, you are transported to the Mapungubwe Hill, which was the inspiration behind the décor.
Mapungubwe was discovered in the 1890s, and the décor repeats the magnificent finds of the site in the subtle herringbone design, beautiful ceramic ware, and beaded themes throughout the hotel. One particularly noticeable feature is the mural in the reception area – a picture of the splendid Mapungubwe Hill in Limpopo.
Nestled in the corporate heart of the Johannesburg CBD, the hotel offers studio and one-bedroom apartments, each with a fully equipped kitchen, DSTV connection, DVD player and high-speed Internet connection. Baobab trees, which are scattered across the Mapungubwe landscape, have been incorporated in the headboards. The rooms are decorated in warm colours, and it is remarkable how well the space has been utilized.
The hotel also has a pool and a fully equipped gym. On request, the operator Fair City Hotels and Apartments will also take care of your groceries from Pick ‘n Pay or Woolworths. Alternatively they will organize a shopping safari of your choice.
What sets Mapungubwe even further apart from the conventional inner-city hotel, is its commitment to social and economic upliftment through Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) initiatives. One of the causes supported by Mapungubwe is the Thulamela Craft Centre in Thohoyandou. The replica clay pots in each room at Mapungubwe, were commissioned to Rebecca Matibe through the Thulamela Craft Centre. The Centre does not only produce pottery items, but other crafts such as weaving and carving as well.
Standing inside a plush apartment room, it is hard to imagine that you are at the centre of a concrete jungle. With visible 24-hour security, one can rest at ease and in style. For people who want to avoid the traffic when doing business with large organisations surrounding Mapungubwe, it is the perfect combination of comfort and luxury.
For more information, visit www.mapungubwehotel.co.za. Find more information on the Mapungubwe Hill in Limpopo in the book “Mapungubwe, South Africa’s crown jewels” by Sian Tiley.
Originally appeared in African Connexion Magazine 2007