The Marakele National Park is a new game reserve under
the management of South Africa's Nature Conservation and National
Parks Board. The reserve lies about 250 km north of Johannesberg
in the heart of the Waterberg, a pristine mountain range
rich in game. The parks starts north of the town Thabazimbi and
ends south of the Lalapala river. The
vegetation in the valleys of the Marakele Park comprises innumerable
species. Even the rare yellowwood trees can be found here, huge
cedars and up to 5 metre high cycads. The game stock comprises
all big predators, elephants, black and white rhinos, giraffes,
buffaloes, hippos, kudus, waterbuck and eland antelopes. And there
are numerous bird species. Spectacular are the Cape vultures which
are threatened by extinction. More than 800 breeding pairs live
in the park, the biggest population of this vulture species in
Marakele National Park at a Glance:
- Accommodation -
10 x Tents - Capacity - 20 people
38 x Bontle Camping Site - Capacity - Max 6 people per site
- Each tent in Tlopi Tented Camp has a shower
and a fully equipped kitchen with fridge and hot plates.
- Swimming pool
- Mountain biking
- Game drives
- 24 hour electricity
- Malaria free destination
- A true african safari
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Tlopi is the
name that the locals call the river, which feeds the dam on which
the camp is situated. Each tent in Tlopi tented camp has a shower
and a fully equipped kitchen with fridge and hot plates. On the
verandah there are a table, chairs and a barbeque. The restcamp
is not fenced and game can visit at any time.
Bontle Camping Site
There are 38 campsites with power arranged into 3 clusters with one communal ablution block per cluster. Maximum of 6 people per site.
Game drives and
bush walks are available within the reserve.
Marakele is home to most of the large mammals synonymous with the African bush, including elephant, black and white rhino, and leopard. Large Predators such as brown hyena, leopard and now also lion, occur in the park. Resident
antelope include, sable, kudu, eland, impala, waterbuck, tsessebe
and many smaller species. Chacma baboon and Vervet monkey are
two species to be watched carefully for mischief, particularly
around the rest camps.
Arguably the Park’s biggest birding attraction is one of the largest
colony of Cape Vultures in the world (more than 800 breeding pairs).
However the park is also appealing to birders as it falls within
the transition zone between the dry western regions and the moister
eastern regions of the country. Thus it is possible to see certain
closely related species alongside one another. These include (eastern
species first) Southern and Crimson breasted Boubou, Arrow marked
and Pied Babbler, Tawny-flanked and Black-chested Prinia, Pintailed
and Shafttailed Whydah, Black-eyed and Redeyed Bulbul, Grey and
Cape Penduline Tit and Whitebrowed and Kalahari Robin.
The Waterberg Mountain area is part
of the Bushveld district of the Limpopo Province, a two and a
half hour drive north from Johannesburg on the N1.
Children are welcome at Marakele
National Park and is the ideal holiday getaway for families.
There is 24 hour
electricity to all rooms.
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