Marakele National Park

Marakele National Park

One of the younger national parks in South Africa, Marakele was initiated in 1986 when the State purchased a nucleus of five farms totalling about 15,000 ha. The Park was initially proclaimed in 1994 as the Kransberg National Park, and has since grown to about 90,000 ha. It is still in a phase of Considerable expansion.


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Marakele National Park

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found here. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds including what’s probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world, have settled here.

Special features
A narrow tar road takes visitors up to the top of the Waterberg massif. The views and scenery are spectacular. One is also in the proximity of the vulture colony and these large birds will soar past at close quarters.

Wildlife; Elephant, Buffalo, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Brown Hyena, Lion, Impala, Eland.
Birds; Cape Vulture, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Cape Rock Thrush, Buff Streaked Chat, Mocking Cliff Chat, Cape Bunting, Malachite Sunbird.
Plants / Trees; Transvaal Beech Woods, Proteas, Stem Fruit Trees, Silver Cluster Leaf, Sickle Bush, Round-leaved Teak. 

Activities
Bird Watching, Game Viewing, Sunset drives and morning drives, Morning bush walk,
Mountain pass up to an incredible view and proximity to the vulture colony.

How to get there
The park is situated in the Waterberg mountain range in the Limpopo Province, near Thabazimbi, appoximately 250 km north of Johannesburg, in a malaria-free area.
Travelers can take either;
The N1 to Warmbaths and from there follow thre R 516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi.
Or, travel to Brits and follow the R 511 via Beestekraal  to Thabazimbi.
Due to a road-upgrade, most of the ark´s roads are acceeibile by all vehicle types.

Accommodation
Bontle Camping Site
38 campsites with power points arranged into 3 clusters with one communal ablution block per cluster.
Tiopi Tented camp

With Furnished tented units overlooking the banks of the Apiesrivierpoort Dam. Each tent has two beds ( two stretchers are available which are more suitable for children ), private bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator / freezer, two-plate stove and electricity. Each tent has a veranda with table and deck chairs and barbecue facilities.

The above presentation of the park, is a contribution from © SANParks.org 2004-2009.