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Marakele National Park


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Originally named the Kransberg National Park when it was proclaimed in 1994, the Marakele National Park lies in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo Province.

The Waterberg was the area that the naturalist, poet and author Eugene Marais lived in and inspired such works as his renowned novel "Soul of the White Ant."

Marakele is home to four of the Big Five – elephant, lion, rhino and leopard. Other mammals found here include brown hyena, sable, kudu, eland, impala, waterbuck, tsessebe and many smaller species.

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. A large variety of birds, including what’s probably the world’s largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs), have settled here.


Five things to see and do

  • Search for the big four – elephant, rhino, lion and leopard are found here. The last of the Big Five, Buffalo, is not.
  • Go Cape Vulture-spotting – drive to the Sentech Towers for close encounters with these enormous birds. 
  • Look for elusive species such as reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, eland and tsessebe.
  • Book a 4 x 4 eco trail – the Marakele 4x4 Eco Trail is a 3-day (2 nights) outdoor adventure spanning the wilderness, zone of Marakele National Park which is the core of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. The tour is conducted by qualified and experienced Field Guides/Rangers.
  • Take a hike – ask at reception about morning and sunset walks.



Stay in a safari tent, guest cottage, camp or stay at the luxurious Marataba Concession Lodge. CLICK HERE to view accommodation.


Information from SANParks Website