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“Meet shy nocturnal mammals” 5 of 5 stars
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10km From Kimberley on R357 to Douglas, Kimberley 8305, South Africa   |  
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“Meet shy nocturnal mammals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Being one of the best places to see such highly elusive nocturnal species as Aarvark, Aardwolf and Black footed cat, Marrick Safari is already famous in the mammal watching community. Sightings cannot be guaranteed but their success rates are incredibly high.
During our 3 nights stay, we saw Aarvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, black backed jackal, cape porcupine, african hedgehog, Smith red rock rabbit, springhare (dozens of them), scrub and cape hares. Sadly we missed black footed cat but it seems we had bad luck.
During daytime, marrick and surrounding area can offer great birding.
The place is a bit rustic, in no way luxurious but offers all the amenities you can desire on a wildlife watching trip. Owners and staff are very friendly.
Overall we had a great stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Marrick Safari should be firmly on the list of any wildlife watcher visiting South Africa. Although the farm is home to countless birds and many introduced game species including Black Wildebeest, Giraffe and Gemsbok, it's the nocturnal wildlife that makes Marrick so special. The night drives are legendary using highly skilled guides to find elusive, hard to see wildlife such as Aardvark.

On our visit we saw Aardvark, Aardwolf, Cape Porcupine, Caracal and Black-footed Cat along with whole list of other species. Although not guaranteed, I don't know anywhere else that offers such a high chance of seeing these animals in the wild.

Marrick is not a five star game lodge but the property has a rustic, homely feel reflecting the fact that it's a working farm. The hospitality is excellent and the staff cannot do enough to help
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Highly recommended and somewhere I will definitely return to.

Room Tip: The farmhouse rooms are more luxurious although Hunter's Cottage is closer to the veld,
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10km From Kimberley on R357 to Douglas, Kimberley 8305, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Northern Cape > Kimberley
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Kimberley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 3000 hectares of unspoilt savannah thornveld close to Kimberley. All facilities are all fully equipped for self-catering purposes. Meals can be catered for on request. The area is well known amongst bird lovers and a wide variety of bird life, including birds endemic to the area, can be spotted here. 4x4 game drives are hugely rewarding with large herds of indigenous antelope in their natural habitat and enjoy a delicious buffet style breakfast in the bush. ... more   less 

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