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Marakele National Park

Features Animals
South Africa
+27 82 852 2395
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I could have cried!

Stayed in closeby Thabazimbi as part of a 6 week road trip around SA. Marakele was on our list of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gerry C
York, United Kingdom
Stunning and really close to JHB

This reserve is a very special place. They are doing a very fine job with management of the space... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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 good47%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“game viewing” (8 reviews)
“the kitchen” (5 reviews)
“tented camp” (18 reviews)
South Africa
+27 82 852 2395
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in closeby Thabazimbi as part of a 6 week road trip around SA. Marakele was on our list of parks to visit. It is without doubt a beautiful park scenic wise but I’m afraid, that’s as much as I can say good about it....More

1  Thank Gerry C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This reserve is a very special place. They are doing a very fine job with management of the space and rehabilitation and I commend them. It is starting to look like a very well established nature area. I was pleased to read that they have...More

Thank dooley_13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited just before the rain came so the game was very sparse with little to see on the western side. This is a totally different experience from Kruger or Pilanesburg - at most there were only a handful of cars and sometimes only ourselves....More

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 7 January 2018

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 18 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
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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.