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Marakele National Park

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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 lush bush setting

Stayed at Motswere 4 bedroom house January 2016 in the big 5 section of the park. Thank heavens for aircon as extreme heat during the day but beautiful evenings with awesome... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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McGregor, South Africa
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McGregor, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed at Motswere 4 bedroom house January 2016 in the big 5 section of the park. Thank heavens for aircon as extreme heat during the day but beautiful evenings with awesome lightening shows and some heavy rains. The park is in a very attractive setting but we wished for a few more waterholes to sit at. Tlope Dam is only... More 

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Thank sanditomlinson22
Kinross, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

This has to be my favourite of all the big 5 game parks. They have a wonderful diversity of animals, yet far fewer cars and people than Kruger. If you during the week, ourside of school holidays you're likely to get the place to yourself. We saw Elephants, Rhinos, numerous antelope, legavan, and heard Lions roaring at night as well... More 

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Thank Lorna A
Lephalale, South Africa
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Bontle: The camp site was very neat, ablutions very clean, staff friendly. Marakele: There is a shocking lack of wildlife in the park. In short - visit Marakele if you are looking for a relaxing weekend (sitting around at camp, reading) or if you are a bird watcher. Do NOT expect to see the big five (or any of them!)... More 

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Thank Pietkop
Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Good day, I am planning on a day trip to the Marekele national park in January (5th) and will be driving from the Bela Bela area, can any body advice where is the main entrance to this park, what will the roads conditions be like, what route (road number) is the best to take and can a normal sedan car... More 

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Thank Tim T
Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We stayed there two weeks ago for two nights. We stayed in their tents. It was awesome. It was my first time 'galloping', and I really enjoyed the experience. The facilities are awesome. The park is perfect for a 2-day self-drive safari. Make sure to go to Lenong Viewing Point; the view is really worth the drive.

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Thank Guizzi123
Brakpan, South Africa
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We recently stayed in Bontle camp(Marakale) for 3 nights, and enjoyed every minute of it. We were fortunate to have the new safari tents in Bontle camp and I must say, they cater for all your needs, and although basic, they are also modern in a way. The park was very dry when we visited and seeing animals,was very far... More 

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Thank KonradRontgen
Irun, Spain
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Beautiful landscape (views like in Jurrassic Park with empty areas and big mountains), few visitors, game with the “big five”. Price : Entrance fee is 152 R/pp (foreigners) around 10 €, included with the Wild Card. The first section is flat, around the gate, where you can see giraffes, ostriches, antelopes, monkeys... The second area is up in the mountains:... More 

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Thank 42ainaraa
Pretoria
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We visited Marakele National Park for the day. The park has amazing views over the Waterberge and some beautiful spots, but unfortunately not many animals. If you don't mind visiting the park mainly for the scenery, you will have a great day. There is a stunning drive all the way to the top of the mountain where the view is... More 

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Thank Sune T
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We visited here with our three girls, aged 8-14, as well as my husband's parents, in February 2015. I have been to the Kruger Park and loved it, but I also loved Marakele. Marakele is not in a malaria zone, like Kruger. It is best to go on a guided ride for game viewing, as the guides know where the... More 

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Thank MichelleWardKantor
Cervia Milano Marittima, Italy
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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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