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Marakele National Park

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Small park with enough to do for a weekend

We did not encounter a lot of wildlife in the park, maybe attributed to the drought, but the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Orkney, South Africa
Afternoon stroll

God place to look for wold life in their surroundings. A wide variety of wildbirds. Picnic... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Ertjies D
Thabazimbi, South Africa
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“game viewing”(8 reviews)
“tented camp”(18 reviews)
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.
South Africa
+27 82 852 2395
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not encounter a lot of wildlife in the park, maybe attributed to the drought, but the cottage we stayed in was beautiful and provided wonderful scenes when the elephants came for a drink right in front of you! Beware of the mice (this...More

Thank LizaGroenewald
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tented camp is idyllically located. You do not even have to travel to view the game with this location. This was our first visit and will definitely not be our last.

Thank Dietmar K
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

I spent two days in the park and was disappointed in the wildlife seen. The park is divided into two sections - the big-five area and other wildlife. I stayed in the Bontle Rest Camp which was excellent with many flat sites with easy access...More

Thank Arthur C
Reviewed 7 June 2018

I’ve been to Leo first as volunteer to learn about marketing and promotion and of course see the beautiful animals. The animals are great, the nature around and the location is just stunning. The organisation is not great. The two managers, a Italian woman and...More

6  Thank africanlover0691
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

I think the park can go to a bit more of an effort with toilets and perhaps a small shop inside. We didn't see much wild life, but enjoyed the exhilarating pass up to the view point.

Thank YolandeHeyns
Reviewed 14 May 2018

In September of 2015, I visited Marakele and took a game ride that was excellent. I saw many elephants, a large male giraffe, and other animals. I have just returned from my second trip to Marakele, and a terrible experience with the official park game...More

2  Thank robertvianey
Reviewed 26 March 2018

Just Fantastic, we spent 4 nights at this lodge, the food, accommodation, and drives were just lovely. We had two drives a day and saw 3 of the Big Five animals, Rhino, Buffalo, and Elephants, The weather was very rainy, but temperature was very warm....More

Thank Lady Anne D
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

God place to look for wold life in their surroundings. A wide variety of wildbirds. Picnic facilities available to have lekker braai.

Thank Ertjies D
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Stayed in closeby Thabazimbi as part of a 6 week road trip around SA. Marakele was on our list of parks to visit. It is without doubt a beautiful park scenic wise but I’m afraid, that’s as much as I can say good about it....More

5  Thank Gerry C
Reviewed 20 January 2018

This reserve is a very special place. They are doing a very fine job with management of the space and rehabilitation and I commend them. It is starting to look like a very well established nature area. I was pleased to read that they have...More

3  Thank dooley_13
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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.