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Marakele National Park

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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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From Framland to Wilderness

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
JuergenBr8
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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24 reviews 24 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

stunning bush camp - we even had electric blankets! we booked two game drives - well worth it as we saw an unbelieveable lion sighting and saw parts of the park not open to the public. we had the best Guide/driver - Sidney. I have never known a guide with such knowledge and a great personality to boot. one of... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
51 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I truly believe this is Sanparks hidden gem. If everyone had a 4x4 and could see the world from Lenong viewpoint you would understand. Its not easy getting there, the road is hard. Thats without another car coming from oppoisite direction. But when you there its amazing the view is forever. The park is small, but makes up for that... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

we have camped at Bontle camp Site a number of times now over the years and each time has been memorable. An easy drive out of Jhb, it is always exciting to see what surrounds your tent in the afternoons and especially at night. we have been woken up to the sounds of Widebeest grazing all around our tent, fallen... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We stayed in the tented camp which is in a beautiful setting. The facilities are rustic but comfortable. On arrival the reception staff warned us to be aware of monkeys, what we did not expect was aggressive monkeys forcing their way into the tent and kitchen and ransacking the place. You have to be aware at all times to close... More 

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