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Marakele National Park

Features Animals
South Africa
+27 82 852 2395
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Worth a visit if you want a quiet, slow game park and work to see animals

My wife and I decided to try this park for a change. It is true in that the animals are few and far... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Antonio, Texas
Relaxing experience and Spectacular Views up the viewing point

We certainly had a short well spent weekend.The new Bontle Camp was spotlessly clean. Very... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
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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.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good48%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“game viewing” (8 reviews)
“tented camp” (18 reviews)
“the kitchen” (4 reviews)
South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank onthego2much
Reviewed 17 November 2017

We certainly had a short well spent weekend.The new Bontle Camp was spotlessly clean. Very comfortable yet offering a real bush experience. The burnt out park is slowly recovering. We were lucky to see three of the big five. Oh the mountains, what a sight....More

1  Thank madimetjap2016
Reviewed 21 October 2017

We stayed once again in the Tlopi Tented Camp in one of the very comfortable tented units with a deck and separate kitchen overlooking a large waterhole / dam. It was a idyllic as ever with over 100 elephants coming down to the water to...More

1  Thank vestysoffagain
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Just spent 2 days in the park in the Bontle Camp Site. As with all SAN Park facilties we found it spotlessly clean and comfortable. Problem wad with the Big Five area that was completely burnt out by a bush fire some five weeks ago....More

Thank Greg G
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Our third visit - excellent game viewing in undulating bush veld pierced with spectacular mountains providing interesting flora and breeding opportunities for rare vultures to breed. Accommodation in in a tented camp or a family cottage. The roads have been substantially improved since our last...More

1  Thank Uwe P
Reviewed 25 September 2017

having been to the reserve previously,i didn't expect much has changed. how wrong i was. the tented units in Bontle all have air conditioning now,where previously there was only fans. what a plus point to the upgrades. the entrance has been changed and everywhere you...More

1  Thank KonradRontgen
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This is a difficult one to review. If I could give 3 and a 1/2 stars I would. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, however this may be thanks to the people we were with and their excellent camping equipment rather than the camping site itself....More

1  Thank MzWolff
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Marekele is in easy reach of Johannesburg and although still under development, offers a lovely experience with beautiful scenery. The park is divided into a general game and Big five area; we stayed in Tlopi tented camp in the Big five area. It's a young...More

3  Thank Rya-Mari M
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

After now completing our 32 days trip in Southern Africa, we now know what a great national park is really like (Kruger) and Marakele just doesn't cut it. There are rhinos, but they try and keep them tucked away to protect them from poachers and...More

1  Thank Linda A
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We tried to book a camping spot in the Kruger during July (100% full) and then decided to try Marakele. Campsites and ablutions are very good. Much less cars on the drives and a very relaxed experience (unlike Kruger where you struggle to find an...More

1  Thank 476francois
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Brian C
5 August 2016|
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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.