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Address: South Africa

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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Lovely day visit

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 31, 2016
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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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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 

1 Thank Chloé P
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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 

2 Thank ManaPet
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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 

1 Thank safaridiver_10
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 

2 Thank vaclav100
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!

1 Thank lulu008
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

2 Thank marleen_oosthuizen
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank AWildLife

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