We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Marakele Animal Sanctuary

Features Animals
Kwaggsflakte, Thabazimbi 0380, South Africa
+27 71 597 7752
Review Highlights
Get up close to big cats

Feeding time on Sundays...really excellent viewing. Aprox R100 for adults entrance fee. View on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
highly recommended.

We had a short trip to this reserve to see the Big 5. Really beautiful scenery in the park close to... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Georgina P
Johannesburg, South Africa
Read all 11 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Marakele Animal Sanctuary situated in thabazimbi, we have a wide variety of predators and small animals, we are open everyday of the week, braai area and pool available Feeding times Wednesday 12:00 Sunday 12:00 Entrance fee 120 adults 60 children 4-12 babies 3- free We also have a unique lion mobile for a up close and personal experience with our lions Adults 70 Children 30
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good46%
  • Average18%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
1 week ago
“Get up close to big cats”
27 Oct 2017
“highly recommended.”
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Kwaggsflakte, Thabazimbi 0380, South Africa
+27 71 597 7752
Write a ReviewReviews (11)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 11 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Feeding time on Sundays...really excellent viewing. Aprox R100 for adults entrance fee. View on foot or drive. Guaranteed lions, tigers and hyiena. Small kiosk for cold drinks.

Thank ThabaNkwe
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We had a short trip to this reserve to see the Big 5. Really beautiful scenery in the park close to Thabazimbi so you can even get her from JHB in a day.

Thank Georgina P
Reviewed 18 April 2017

It's a place where the animals are brilliantly looked after and seem very happy with their well-kept conditions. So much to see and do!

Thank Caz M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is mainly for the Big Cats as well as some other carnivores and smaller animals. The park has an enclosed vehicle with which they enter the predator enclosures and allow the big cats to jump on the vehicle. The experience is very intimate yet...More

Thank theodorusf2016
Reviewed 27 August 2015

It's a zoo. But unlike most zoos, where the big cats ignore you, the leopards and lions here REALLY like attention. While the signs say not to pet the animals, if a lion cub sticks its back fur through the fence, what would YOU do?

4  Thank DrMac1972
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Next door to the national park, we visited this venue to show the kids the lions that eluded us in the national park next door. You have the opportunity to get real close to the lions, closer than what you would get at a normal...More

3  Thank Skubarra
Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Fabulous ... the best .... lots of fun ... picknic...lion mobile ... wow ... love this place .. regular visitor .. every time we get there we find something new ... feels like you are part of the family ... mike . Chrissy .. ema...More

3  Thank Hendrik V
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

This is good outing with family that lives in the city. The animals is a feast for the eye and give us a near experience to be so near to them. It is a great deal for big families.

2  Thank Ertjies D
Reviewed 18 May 2015

Takes about an hour to visit this place. Costs 100Rd. We did not see the leopard and the brown hyena, better go around 12 o'clock, then it is feeding time and they come out of their hiding. One can walk or drive, but I recommend...More

2  Thank laraBrussels
Reviewed 2 April 2015

Personally I prefer to see wild animals in their natural habitat, but that could be time consuming, expensive and often boring for children. At the Marakele Centre, children get to experience feeding lions as if they were part of an actual hunt. They loved thrill...More

3  Thank Estakaalits2015
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Annette G
11 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Emma M | Property representative |
120 adults 80 pensioners 60 children 4-12 3 and under free