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Marakele National Park

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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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Very Nice campsite naar waterhole and good gameviewing during drive

The campsite is unfenced, which gives you a real feel of Wilderness. No Large predators in that part of the park. During the sunset drive we saw hyena, lion, rhino, elephant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Cervia Milano Marittima, Italy
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Cervia Milano Marittima, Italy
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The campsite is unfenced, which gives you a real feel of Wilderness. No Large predators in that part of the park. During the sunset drive we saw hyena, lion, rhino, elephant, jackal. And on our own drive giraf, zebra, tsetsebees, wildebeest. Very Nice, on campsite wharthogs, ostriches and vervet monkeys stroll by.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Marakele National Park is part of the Sanparks and not very far from Johannesburg or Pretoria. The park is divided into 2 sections (predators and big5 are together in the eastern section). The landscape is just stunning, especially when driving up to the viewpoint, the scenery changes dramatically. We stayed at the Bontle campsite which is also highly recommended when... More 

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Durbanville, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is the second time we visited Marakele. As other reviewers mentioned, there is not exactly an abundance of animals in the park, so you need a bit of luck.. On our first visit we didn't see a lot of animals (no elephants) and nothing from our tented camp. Second time a rhino visited the camp while we were preparing... More 

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Amazing natural scenery, staff was friendly and helpful. Roads are in a good condition and facilities at the camp site are clean and well maintained. The drive to the viewpoint is a must, the park itself is the most beautiful and most diverse part of the Waterberg I have ever been to. Only negative would be the game viewing, not... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Visited the Park the last 5 years. This year all Rhino and , a large number of game have been moved to other parts of the park, therefor the once wonderful experience watching game( Rhino) sitting in camp at Bontle camp is gone.

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Rustenburg, South Africa
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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
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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
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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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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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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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