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Marakele National Park

  • Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa
Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa  © Marco Schmidt, License

Marakele National Park

Marakele National Park



Marakele National Park is situated in the Waterberg mountain range in the Limpopo Province near Thabazimbi, approximately 250km north of Johannesburg. Although the distance is 250km, the drive from Gauteng is 4 hours and 3 hours from Tshwane. But the drive is more than worth it when you eventually arrive at Marakele. Words cant even begin to explain the beauty of the rose coloured Kransberg rising up from the grass-clad hills, and the camelthorn trees rising up like great sculptures into the sky. The reserve which was originally known Kransberg National Park after it was founded in 1994 forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere.

Set in malaria-free dense savannah bushveld, Marakele offers visitors a reasonable chance of seeing most of the Big Five. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds including whats probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world, have settled here. As its Tswana name (Marakele) suggests, the reserve has become a place of sanctuary for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. When in the reserve visitors are encouraged to keep their eyes open for the Cape Vultures catching thermals in the park, but a drive up to the Sentech Towers which is the nearest point to the colony will allow visitors a closer encounters with these enormous birds, often leaving them breathless. Some of the 30 young elephants which had originally been captured in Botswanas Tuli game reserve and removed from their herds by illegal animal traders were released into the park in 1999 which captured the public's and media's attention. There are also large predators such as brown hyena, leopard and lion in the park. As for antelope species, reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, eland and tsessebe can also be found here.

Some of the plant species found in Marakele include yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns. From its Waterberg Cycads to Yellow-woods and Camel Thorns, Marakele National Parks supports about 765 plant species. The naturalist, author and poet Eugene Marais lived in the Waterberg for 16 years and the Waterberg Cycad (Encephalartos eugene-maraisii) which is endemic to the Waterberg was named in his honour.

The park is also appealing to birders as it falls within the transition zone between the dry western regions of South Africa and the moister eastern regions. Because of this it is possible to see certain closely related species alongside one another. The Marakele National Park bird list consists of over 870 different birds. Visitors should keep a special watch for raptors, with many species using the uplift generated off the cliff faces of the Waterberg, these include the African Harrier Hawk, the Jackal Buzzard and several eagle species, including the Verreaux, the African Hawk, and the Black-chested Snake and Brown Snake Eagle.

People in sedan vehicles might find the road conditions in certain areas of the park (main road) a bit challenging but the park is working on the major road revamp and the information will be updated as soon as the new development has been completed.

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Alpetra Nature Reserve
Sleeps 36 in 6 units
From R 2200
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 6 max (4 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Alpetra Nature Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vaalwater

0km from Vaalwater

18.4 Km from Marakele National Park

Tucked snugly between the South-Western fence of Welgevonden Game Reserve and the Southern fence line of Marakele National Park, Alpetra Nature Reserve offers a selection of accommodation consisting of 4 self-catering chalets at the main lodge, 1 large pr

Berchtesgaden Game Ranch & Lifestyle Farm
From R 650
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Berchtesgaden Game Ranch & Lifestyle Farm

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vaalwater

0km from Vaalwater

49.2 Km from Marakele National Park

Berchtesgaden is an African hideaway where guests get to experience Africa for what it truly is and as their very own. At Berchtesgaden, our luxurious chalets & lodge are only the start of this great experience

Impala Private Game Lodge
Sleeps 16 in 1 unit
From R 5000
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Impala Private Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

0km from Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

55.8 Km from Marakele National Park

Experience a true African sunset in the bush at Impala Private Game Lodge nestled in the heart of Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. The house sleeps 16 people on a self catering basis and is fully equipped. Enjoy breathtaking views from the deck. Go on game driv

Bush Haven Mabalingwe Game Reserve
Sleeps 10 in 1 unit
From R 3800
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Bush Haven Mabalingwe Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

0km from Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

56.1 Km from Marakele National Park

Bush Haven is situated in the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve and offers accommodation for up to 10 guests in a beautiful lodge with a lovely forest feel and modern finishes. The lodge comprises two en-suite bedrooms plus two lofts - one being open-plan with tw

Phumelelo Lodge
Sleeps 4 in 2 units
From R 1488
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Phumelelo Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

0km from Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

56.1 Km from Marakele National Park

Phumelelo Lodge offers game reserve and bush lodge accommodation in the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in the Waterberg region of Limpopo. Phumelelo Lodge is an authentic African experience and exclusive but affordable luxury accommodation, offe

La Barunè Game Lodge
Sleeps 12 in 1 unit
From R 8900
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 12 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

La Barunè Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vaalwater

0km from Vaalwater

56.8 Km from Marakele National Park

La Barunè Game lodge is situated in Kamonande Nature Reserve near Vaalwater in the Limpopo province and offers guests a self catering bush experience (sleeps 12). A game paradise of 2100 hectare with 60 km road on the farm for game viewing and cyclin

Ngong Hill, Mabalingwe
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 2500
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Ngong Hill, Mabalingwe

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

0km from Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

62.1 Km from Marakele National Park

Ngong Hill Lodge is situated in a 13,000 hectare private nature reserve (Mabalingwe) supporting the big five. A beautiful home (sleeps 6) with breathtaking views of the Waterberg mountains. A game viewing vehicle can be hired, subject to availability, own

Bush Dream, Mabalingwe
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 600
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Bush Dream, Mabalingwe

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

0km from Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

62.8 Km from Marakele National Park

Bush Dream Mabalingwe is located in Mabula, 29 km from Feracare Wildlife Centre. Featuring free private parking, the chalet is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking, cycling and ping pong. Mabalingwe Nature Reserve features the B

Ditholo Game Lodge
From R 2329
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Ditholo Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

0km from Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

65.7 Km from Marakele National Park

Ditholo Game Lodge provides fully-catered bush lodge accommodation set in the heart of Limpopo, a mere 61kms west of Bela Bela, against the beautiful backdrop of the Waterberg Mountains, lies a natural retreat nestled on a 1000 Ha private game reserve. Di

Sundowner Bushcamp
Sleeps 18 in 1 unit
From R 2500
Per site, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Sundowner Bushcamp

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

0km from Bela-Bela - Warmbaths

75.7 Km from Marakele National Park

... Sundowner Bushcamp provides the perfect self catering bush camp getaway near Bela-Bela in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province. (Sleeps 10 adults + 8 children). When you book Sundowner Bush Camp you have the use of the whole camp. We do not mi

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