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The Marakele National Park
The Marakele National Park is situated 250kms north of Johannesburg, in the Waterberg Mountains region of the Limpopo province South Africa.
The terrain consists of stark mountain landscapes, green hills and valleys.
To get to Marakele from Johannesburg, you take the N1 to Warmbaths and then the R516 to Thabazimbi which is 12 kms from the Park, and the nearest fuel and shop point. The roads within this National Park are gravel and most of them require 4x4 vehicles. Entrance roads however can be accessed by car.
Accommodation at Marekele consists of a tented camp known as Tlopi Tented Camp (above) with bathroom facilities and a fully equipped kitchen, and the Bontle camping site which offers basic ablution facilities.
Activities at the Marakele National Park include game viewing and bird watching. Accompanied bush walks and sunset drives can be arranged at the main reception.
Many of the National Parks have lions and a variety of game in residence, but only a few accommodate all the Big 5, the lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo. The Marakele National Park is one of them. There is also a large variety of birdlife including the endangered Cape Vulture.
More information about Marakele, maps and reservations: here
Our South African National Parks are managed by SanParks
. There are 21 National Parks around the country.
These National Parks are aimed at the budget conscious safari traveller. They all provide self-catering accommodation in basic rest camps.
For a list of National Parks and to get more information on making your safari booking: South African National Parks
There's another option if you're spoilt for choice and looking for a luxury safari: The Private Game Reserves
Interested in a guided tour and safari in the Kruger Park? 3 Days 4 DaysVisiting Cape Town? Why not take in a Big 5 safari on an extensive private game reserve only 1.5 hrs from the city? Cape Town safaris
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