Marakele National Park is a ‘place of sanctuary’, as its Tswana name suggests, for an impressive variety of wildlife. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plants found here. All the large game species from elephant & rhino to leopard & lion are found here, as well as an amazing variety of birds.
The park hosts one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs). Although they may be seen in the air catching thermals anywhere in the park, the drive up to the Sentech Towers is nearest to the colony, and close encounters with these enormous birds will leave visitors breathless.
Although the park is divided into two by a public gravel road, most parts of the park are only accessible by 4×4.
South African National Parks does not provide accommodation in the park. Private accommodation is available in the adjacent town of Thabazimbi.  (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website). Limpopo province
Kruger National Park
Mapungubwe National Park
Bela-Bela, Lephalale Makhado, Modimolle, Mokopane, Musina, Phalaborwa, Polokwane, Thabazimbi, Thohoyandou, Tzaneen
A narrow tar road takes visitors up to the top of the Waterberg massif. 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.
Marakele has a high density of both rhino species and most visitors should see these animals, particularly the more gregarious and diurnal white rhinoceros.
Kudu in their element at Marakele. Look out for the bulls with their magnificent spiral horns. The not-so-often-seen-elsewhere antelope species such as reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, eland and tsessebe can also be found here.

Latest posts

  • Johnny Clegg

    Jonathan (Johnny) Clegg was born June 7, 1953 in Rochdale near Manchester in England. Already in his youth, Johnny Clegg, a white, English-speaking person with what he called a ‘secular Jewish’ upbringing in Britain, Israel, Zimbabwe and South Africa, became interested in Zulu street music and took part in traditional Zulu dance competitions. As a […]

    Read more

  • Wessels

    Away fro city life… I met a European couple (the guy from the Netherlands and the girl from UK) in Australia a couple of years ago. They are now planning to come visit South Africa later this year and I thought it may be useful for European travellers to hear a South African’s opinion of […]

    Read more

  • how many months income do you need for a mortgage in south africa

    It is a common misconception that you need a large deposit to get a mortgage in South Africa. You can actually get a mortgage with a deposit of as little as 3% of the purchase price. However, the size of your deposit will affect the interest rate you are offered and the amount you will […]

    Read more