Marakele National Park


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One of South Africa's most beautiful national parks

Written on: September 01, 2015   |   I visited in August 2015 A habitat restoration and wildlife repopulation success story, Marakele National Park is also amongst South Africa's most scenic. With the dramatic Waterberg massif as its backdrop, the park is home to the big five, and much, much more. At 120,000 hectares, there is no shortage of places to explore, whether on game drives, on the water, or on foot (guided, of course). The terrain is hugely diverse, from plains to riverine habitat and mountains, and allows for a lot of variety in game viewing.

My recent visit was to the Marataba section of the Park, and I was fortunate to have fantastic elephant interactions, to witness huge amounts of plains game, and best of all - I enjoyed one of my most exciting night drives ever. In addition to seeing small spotted genet, lesser bushbaby, bat-eared foxes and a lengthy sighting of African wildcat, I spotted my first pangolin. Amazing!
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 11, 2015   |   Visited: May 2014.
Having spent years exploring South Africa's iconic national parks and wildlife private reserves, I wasn't sure what to expect when the More Properties family invited me to stay at their newest property, Marataba in the Marakele National Park.

Who knew what awaited! And if I did, I would have stayed longer that is for sure. From the moment we arrived, the servi... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 04, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2010.
Marakele is one of the smaller and lesser visited national parks in South Africa. It’s located relatively close to Johannesburg (about a four-hour drive), so it can make a nice weekend trip for travelers to Johannesburg who don’t have time for a more far flung safari.

Marakele is now a big five reserve after the translocation of a herd of buffalo in 2013. When I... read more
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