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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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Tough game viewing

Spent a few days at Marakele as part of a birding/ game viewing week in the area. We camped. the campsite has great views over an open plain. Game comments send feed on this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 21, 2016
Kevin P
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Thabazimbi, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Marakele is not a very known National Park (member of San Parks), but it is absolutely beautiful. There are not many roads, so it might be a bit difficult to see a lot of animals, but the panorama is absolutely breathtaking and the vulture colony really interesting (the biggest in the world, more than 800 breeding pairs on the mountain!).... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Spent a few days at Marakele as part of a birding/ game viewing week in the area. We camped. the campsite has great views over an open plain. Game comments send feed on this plain especially in the evenings and it is quite enjoyable sitting watching them. The game viewing is tough but we were lucky enough to see the... More 

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1 Thank Kevin P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

We loved being on the peak of a mountain. The fresh wind blowing and the view on top is absolutely amazing.

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Thank Moepeng
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

What a delightful visit...an early morning ( 5am) game game drive delivered loads of rhinos , impala, zebra , koedoe and wildebeest on show. The drive up the very very steep mountain takes some concentration but is worth every single minute of the drive. Along the way we say at leat 4 types of Proteas growing wild and thriving. Once... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Hello, I am Chloé, I am 19 and I am from France. I am sorry, my english is not very good, I hope you will understand me. I went to South Africa during four weeks, in June. I was looking for something about wildlife and conservation. Then, a student of my school talked with me about LEO Africa, a Volunteer... More 

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Prague
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Don´t expect too much game coming to this park, but for sure you will see at least some. We were happy enough to see ellies, rhino, jackal, and also usual staff like zebras, impalas, giraffes, kudus and ostriches, but what makes this park outstanding is its mountaineous scenery and the viewpoint from 2050 metres. There are some heartbreaking views around... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Spent a great 2 nights at Tliopi Campsite in tents equipped with fully equipped kitchens and wonderful views of the dam from the decking outside. Elephants and kudu came to drink from the dam and the vervet monkeys were very quick to steal a bag of crisps as we were just unpacking. The vultures were a disappointment but good sightings... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

According to my personal and strictly subjective opinion it is a very park: boring, few animals, and not friendly staff. Currently it is noisy due to road reconstruction in both parts of the park. In some parts there is noise from nearby roads. No restaurant, no petrol station, no pool etc. No "real" (i.e. from 20:00) night drives organised. Sunset... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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