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Marakele National Park

South Africa
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Waterberg
Type: National Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Valleys give way to grasslands and finally to mountains in this rolling, soaring wildlife sanctuary. Rare rhinos, African elephants, wild dogs and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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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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24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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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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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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Henley on Klip, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The oddly name Bontle Camp Site has become our new favourite, it is a close to Mother Nature as you can get. The open area in front of the camp site is constantly moving with game, (Impala, Giraffe, Kudu, Wildebeast, Warthog, Rock Monitor Lizards, Zebra) the most intimidating being the Rhino which casually graze's amongst the campers as the place... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We were in South Africa and we wanted to see animals. We struck out at other National Parks in the area so we decided to try Marakele since it was only a 90 min drive from our home camp. We also signed up for a private tour at the park. I highly recommend this private tour! We had a choice... More

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The camp site in Marakele National Park is called "Bontle". It is located at the only water hole in the whole park. During the dry season all animals must come to this place to quench their thirst. Therefore you do not need to make game drives. Just relax and watch the water hole from the comfort of your camp chair... More

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Sibrina Czech republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We visited park in june and stayed in fenceless Bontle camping.It was a great experience with a stay in real nature. Ostriches,pigs and antelopes was welcoming us in our campsite.This camp has a nice wiew to a near waterhole where you can watch rhinos, wildbeests,zebras and other animals during your breakfast or lounch.Waterberg mountains are spectacular and plenty of cape... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

It's something of a hidden gem, beautiful scenery with incredible mountains as well as flat African plains. Great game sightings, plenty of Rhino, interesting antelope & not too many tourists on the road give you the impression you're alone. A few 4x4 only routes give you even more isolation. Tlopi tented camp is absolutely magnificent, probably the best SANParks accommodation... More

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Pretoria
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8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We visited the park as day visitors on Saturday and Sunday morning. We stayed overnight at the nearby Boschfontein Guest Farm, as the tented camp in the park is too expensive! We first drove around the plains area, where we saw four rhino and plenty other plains game. Then we drove to the Tlopi tented camp. The tents are nice,... More

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