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Marakele National Park

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Afternoon stroll

God place to look for wold life in their surroundings. A wide variety of wildbirds. Picnic... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2018
Ertjies D
Thabazimbi, South Africa
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A different game viewing experience

We visited just before the rain came so the game was very sparse with little to see on the western... read more

Reviewed January 18, 2018
Phil C
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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.
South Africa
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

I spent two days in the park and was disappointed in the wildlife seen. The park is divided into two sections - the big-five area and other wildlife. I stayed in the Bontle Rest Camp which was excellent with many flat sites with easy access...More

Thank Arthur C
Reviewed June 7, 2018

I’ve been to Leo first as volunteer to learn about marketing and promotion and of course see the beautiful animals. The animals are great, the nature around and the location is just stunning. The organisation is not great. The two managers, a Italian woman and...More

4  Thank africanlover0691
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

I think the park can go to a bit more of an effort with toilets and perhaps a small shop inside. We didn't see much wild life, but enjoyed the exhilarating pass up to the view point.

Thank YolandeHeyns
Reviewed May 14, 2018

In September of 2015, I visited Marakele and took a game ride that was excellent. I saw many elephants, a large male giraffe, and other animals. I have just returned from my second trip to Marakele, and a terrible experience with the official park game...More

2  Thank robertvianey
Reviewed March 26, 2018

Just Fantastic, we spent 4 nights at this lodge, the food, accommodation, and drives were just lovely. We had two drives a day and saw 3 of the Big Five animals, Rhino, Buffalo, and Elephants, The weather was very rainy, but temperature was very warm....More

Thank Lady Anne D
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

God place to look for wold life in their surroundings. A wide variety of wildbirds. Picnic facilities available to have lekker braai.

Thank Ertjies D
Reviewed January 30, 2018

Stayed in closeby Thabazimbi as part of a 6 week road trip around SA. Marakele was on our list of parks to visit. It is without doubt a beautiful park scenic wise but I’m afraid, that’s as much as I can say good about it....More

5  Thank Gerry C
Reviewed January 20, 2018

This reserve is a very special place. They are doing a very fine job with management of the space and rehabilitation and I commend them. It is starting to look like a very well established nature area. I was pleased to read that they have...More

3  Thank dooley_13
Reviewed January 18, 2018

We visited just before the rain came so the game was very sparse with little to see on the western side. This is a totally different experience from Kruger or Pilanesburg - at most there were only a handful of cars and sometimes only ourselves....More

1  Thank Phil C
Reviewed January 7, 2018

My wife and I decided to try this park for a change. It is true in that the animals are few and far between but we didn't mind that as we enjoyed the scenery. The fire did do damage but with recent rain has made...More

1  Thank onthego2much
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Brian C
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Response from AWildLife | Reviewed this property |
Yes you should be fine on most of the roads, providing there's not been any rain.