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Address: South Africa
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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Beautiful views!

We camped with friends in the Marakele National park and had a great time. The facilities at the camp was impeccable and the staff very friendly. The drive up to the view point... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
HantiMat
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Rustenburg, South Africa
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Rustenburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We camped with friends in the Marakele National park and had a great time. The facilities at the camp was impeccable and the staff very friendly. The drive up to the view point was spectacular. Only wished we could have seen more wildlife!

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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We recently visited Marakele National Park and stayed for the weekend in the Tlopi tented camp. What a wonderful experience. We spend most of our time on the deck relaxing, watching various game species coming down to the water to drink. We were spoilt with amongst others bushbucks, Kudu, Waterbuck, Zebra, Warthog and Impala leisurely grazing close to our tent... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Between all the national parks in SA it is easy to mis Marakele, but you will do so at your own loss. We have been to Marakele in February 2015. The nature experience is one of the best we have had. Camping was bliss. You are not close to your neighbour, and if you want to, you may only spot... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We travelled from the UK to spend 10 days relaxing at Tlopi camp and were not disappointed. We stayed in tent 5, Fish Eagle, and had great views of game coming down to the dam every day to drink. The highlight was the daily arrival of elephants bringing their young down for a swim, play and drink. A beautiful location... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Marakele and the phantstic Marataba Lodge show what can be done when initiative, money and political support combine to recreate the beauty of the wild bushland. Highly recommended

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Chester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We spent a weekend at Marakele as day visitors, the overnight camp was full for weeks ahead, so we stayed just about 8km outside the gate at a B&B. We enjoyed the scenery but didn't see much game - one day would have been sufficient. The drive to the viewpoint is literally the highlight of the park, with far reaching... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We were a bit disappointed by Marakele National Park. Do not go there and expect to drive all day to see game. Just go there to relax and do nothing in the bush. This is only a place for resting. We drove for three days and saw very little game. We did not see any predators in the three days.... More 

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Darmstadt, Germany
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Marakele National Park is just north of Thabazimbi an easy drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria. There are two options to stay in the park, the Bontle camp site and the Tlopi tented camp. Both camps are unfenced and located in areas of the park where it is possible to see game from the camps. The Bontle camp is in the... More 

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Pretoria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

scenery beautiful...game sparse..good value SANPARKS game drives available with excellent driver/guides..

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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153 reviews 153 reviews
28 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I spent the weekend in Marakele, camping at the Bontle camp site. It is right by a waterhole, and completely unfenced, so you get really close to the wildlife. We had a couple of rhinos wander into camp, and an ostrich really liked my tent. It is a fantastic experience. The scenery is also stunning with the mountains always in... More 

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