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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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Very nice but little wildlife

The accommodation is very comfortable and the staff extremely friendly. The view from the Tlopi tented camp is beautiful. But there are very little animals and definitely no lions... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
marleen_oosthuizen
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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218 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a tranquil small park, the game was a little sparse but it was such a great spot to relax and enjoy nature in. The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular but the road getting to the top is rather hair raising!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The accommodation is very comfortable and the staff extremely friendly. The view from the Tlopi tented camp is beautiful. But there are very little animals and definitely no lions no matter what they tell you

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Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

2nd time we have visited this park. Had a lovely long weekend there with friends. Didnt see too much wildlife, however the ostrich's roaming the camps are very nice to see. Ablutions are nice, however some extra drainage for the build up of water on the floors could help. Staff are super friendly, however if you want a good spot,... More 

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Thank MandyReichert
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Great campsites, very good amenities. The park has a great lookout, we were not very fortunate with game viewing until the end of the day when we can across an adult rhino with her calf. Beautiful park, worth a visit. Please note the direct roads between Marakele and the Botswana boarder are gravel roads.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We spent a wonderful long weekend at Bontle in Marakele National Park, surrounded by wildlife, incredible scenery, and most importantly peace and quiet! Campsites are shady and spaced well apart, ablution blocks well maintained and spotlessly clean, and the kiosk at the gate very handy for stocking up on ice and firewood. Would we go again? Absolutely, as soon as... More 

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South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Really was one great getaway. We saw the new bontle camps Safari tents in a magazine and decided to take the chance... wow so clean, peacefull and really just nice for a peacefull break.🐾really would recomend that you try the tents!! Keep the standards as it is please!👌🐾🐜🐦

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Cimla, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

After a long, bumpy & hot, 90 minute drive from the hotel we were all left speechless. This national park has some beautiful animals that we were lucky enough to witness. Memories that will live on with the children for a very long time. A tip, take lots of water and cover up as in the hot weather and open... More 

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Clarence Center, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Nice park if you happen to be in the area. It was about a 90 minute drive for me and I'd say well worth the trip. We saw a lot of common game. Warthogs, monkies, giraffe, various antelope

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Thank Izzmo
Basel
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Excellent place to visit with teenagers - they didn't even mind that we often didn't have internet! Really diverse range of animals - many easy to spot , even without a guide but going out with a guide really helped us to learn a lot. Both educational and great fun !

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Thank Debra B
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Stayed at Bontle campsite for a weekend.Nice campsite but not much for children to do.Beautiful surroundings , especially the drive up to the Lenong viewsite.Well worth the visit if you just want to "chill out".

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