Marakele National Park

Travel to Marakele National Park – Place of Sanctuary

Located in the transitional zone between the dry western and the more moist eastern regions of South Africa, Makale National Park boasts majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills, deep valleys and a very rich wildlife.

With its temperate climate and good summer rainfall, the park is an ideal setting for a truly memorable bush experience.

Marakele National Park is set in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains close to Thabazimbi, some 250 kilometres north of Johannesburg. The park incorporates the original Marakele Park in the Waterberg Mountains, the 34 000 hectare Welgevonden Private Nature Reserve and the 20 000 hectare Marakele Contractual Park and it is characterised by the contrast of imposing mountainous landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys.

Marakele is home to a rich wildlife from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds, including the largest colony of the endangered Cape Vulture in the world.

Horticulture enthusiasts can enjoy over 765 species of flora at Marakele National Park that include Yellow-wood, Cedar trees, 5 metre high Cycads and tree Ferns.
There is also a mountain pass which leads up to unrivalled views of the surrounding area.

Activities that you may like to participate in here include camping, bird watching, game drives and adventure walks along hiking trails. There are also night drives and morning bush walks for those looking for something a little different.

Relax in Marakele National Park by setting up camp for the night and spending a night under a beautiful African sky. There’s also a restaurant on the site which you can use.

The park is accessible only by four wheel drive.

  • Explore the park with adventure walks to the vulture colony.
  • Enjoy fantastic views from the mountain passes.
  • Enjoy seeing wildlife in an area surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery.


Africa Travel Information