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Marakele National Park

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South Africa
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Wildlife Experience Without the Hustle and Bustle of Kruger

We tried to book a camping spot in the Kruger during July (100% full) and then decided to try... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pretoria, South Africa
Two nights in Bontle luxury tents

This is one of the newer campsites at Marakele- still missing from the SAN parks online map. It is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Patricia B
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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.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good47%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
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...More

1  Thank Bethany C
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...More

3  Thank Kevin P
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.

2  Thank Moepeng
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Brian C
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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.