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Marakele National Park

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Camping at Bontle

This is a difficult one to review. If I could give 3 and a 1/2 stars I would. We thoroughly enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A lovely break from Johannesburg

Marekele is in easy reach of Johannesburg and although still under development, offers a lovely... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rya-Mari M
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Valleys give way to grasslands and finally to mountains in this rolling, soaring wildlife sanctuary. Rare rhinos, African elephants, wild dogs and the prehistoric Cycad plants are among its amazing sights.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good48%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tented camp” (15 reviews)
“the kitchen” (4 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a difficult one to review. If I could give 3 and a 1/2 stars I would. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, however this may be thanks to the people we were with and their excellent camping equipment rather than the camping site itself....More

Thank MzWolff
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Marekele is in easy reach of Johannesburg and although still under development, offers a lovely experience with beautiful scenery. The park is divided into a general game and Big five area; we stayed in Tlopi tented camp in the Big five area. It's a young...More

1  Thank Rya-Mari M
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

After now completing our 32 days trip in Southern Africa, we now know what a great national park is really like (Kruger) and Marakele just doesn't cut it. There are rhinos, but they try and keep them tucked away to protect them from poachers and...More

1  Thank Linda A
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We tried to book a camping spot in the Kruger during July (100% full) and then decided to try Marakele. Campsites and ablutions are very good. Much less cars on the drives and a very relaxed experience (unlike Kruger where you struggle to find an...More

Thank 476francois
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

This is one of the newer campsites at Marakele- still missing from the SAN parks online map. It is situated a few minutes from the entrance gate. The luxury tents were very comfortable with two bedrooms, one with an air conditioner as well as heated...More

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

When we were looking for a place to stay for two nights on our way south from Mapongubwe this looked like a good bet. Unfortunately it was a poor choice and we have to ask just why anybody would choose to visit it instead of...More

Thank JJBuirski
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We had a day + night in this beautiful, not so big, park. Wildlife is not really plentiful, but if you are lucky some elephants, antelopes, zebras and even a lion might show up. Birds, however,and especially cape vultures are abundant. We recommend a drive...More

Thank Ingeos
Reviewed 27 June 2017

The Matlabas Zynkloof eco trail allows you access to remote areas in the Marakele National Park that are not frequented by many visitors. The surrounding wilderness, the remoteness and the seclusion of travelling through rarely seen areas are the main thrills of this trail. The...More

1  Thank johan437
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Marakele national park is a beautiful reserve with magnificent mountain views (make sure to go up to the lenong viewing point to not only see the beautiful view, but also to spot the largest colony of cape vultures in the world). The reserve is split...More

3  Thank esterjandra
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The lower half of the park has been overgrazed and is now covered with one type of weed between the acacias and on the no less than four occasions I went saw nothing but a few impala and one or two kudu. The upper part...More

Thank ManchesterRay
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Brian C
5 August 2016|
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Response from AWildLife | Reviewed this property |
Yes you should be fine on most of the roads, providing there's not been any rain.