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Marakele National Park

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Address: South Africa

Valleys give way to grasslands and finally to mountains in this rolling,...

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.

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Great small park for a short stay

Marakele is one of the newer reserves in South Africa, but worth a visit if you're into birding and the smaller animals. The mountain drive is well worth it for the incredible... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Bethany C
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 is a much more diverse habitat and offers spectacular views but again you will be... More 

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Marakele is one of the newer reserves in South Africa, but worth a visit if you're into birding and the smaller animals. The mountain drive is well worth it for the incredible views of Limpopo and the Waterberge. We stayed 3 nights, which was ample for this small reserve

Thank Bethany C
Thabazimbi, South Africa
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Marakele is not a very known National Park (member of San Parks), but it is absolutely beautiful. There are not many roads, so it might be a bit difficult to see a lot of animals, but the panorama is absolutely breathtaking and the vulture colony really interesting (the biggest in the world, more than 800 breeding pairs on the mountain!).... More 

Thank SabrinaColombo
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Spent a few days at Marakele as part of a birding/ game viewing week in the area. We camped. the campsite has great views over an open plain. Game comments send feed on this plain especially in the evenings and it is quite enjoyable sitting watching them. The game viewing is tough but we were lucky enough to see the... More 

1 Thank Kevin P
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We loved being on the peak of a mountain. The fresh wind blowing and the view on top is absolutely amazing.

Thank Moepeng
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78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

What a delightful visit...an early morning ( 5am) game game drive delivered loads of rhinos , impala, zebra , koedoe and wildebeest on show. The drive up the very very steep mountain takes some concentration but is worth every single minute of the drive. Along the way we say at leat 4 types of Proteas growing wild and thriving. Once... More 

1 Thank Elsabe B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Hello, I am Chloé, I am 19 and I am from France. I am sorry, my english is not very good, I hope you will understand me. I went to South Africa during four weeks, in June. I was looking for something about wildlife and conservation. Then, a student of my school talked with me about LEO Africa, a Volunteer... More 

1 Thank Chloé P
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119 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Don´t expect too much game coming to this park, but for sure you will see at least some. We were happy enough to see ellies, rhino, jackal, and also usual staff like zebras, impalas, giraffes, kudus and ostriches, but what makes this park outstanding is its mountaineous scenery and the viewpoint from 2050 metres. There are some heartbreaking views around... More 

2 Thank ManaPet
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Spent a great 2 nights at Tliopi Campsite in tents equipped with fully equipped kitchens and wonderful views of the dam from the decking outside. Elephants and kudu came to drink from the dam and the vervet monkeys were very quick to steal a bag of crisps as we were just unpacking. The vultures were a disappointment but good sightings... More 

1 Thank safaridiver_10
Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

According to my personal and strictly subjective opinion it is a very park: boring, few animals, and not friendly staff. Currently it is noisy due to road reconstruction in both parts of the park. In some parts there is noise from nearby roads. No restaurant, no petrol station, no pool etc. No "real" (i.e. from 20:00) night drives organised. Sunset... More 

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