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About Marakele National Park:

Size:  670 km²

Location: Nylstroom,Limpopo, South Africa

Getting There: 

 By Road: 250km (155 miles) north of Johannesburg (about 3 hours drive).

What To Do:

Bird watching and game viewing, Mountain pass up to an incredible view and proximity to the Cape vulture colony, Morning and Sunset drives available, Bush Walks available,  4x4 eco trail available.

When To Go:

The best wildlife viewing in Marakele is during the dry winter months from May to September.



Marakele National Park is set in the Waterberg region, Limpopo, South Africa, Marakele National Park features 400 types of birds and 765 plant species including Yellow-wood Trees and 5 metre high Cycads. "Marakele" is situated in the summer rainfall region and rainfall occurs in the form of heavy thunderstorms or soft rain. Winters are moderate with frost occurring in the low lying regions only. Mornings and nights can be cold, but day temperatures can be pleasing. The area receives about 500-700mm of rain per year.

The park was first known as the Kransberg National Park when it was first proclaimed in 1994. 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 National Park activities involve wildlife safaris, bush walks and eco trails in the shadow of the impressive Waterberg Mountains.

Guests can enjoy a magnificent malaria-free safari on a Marakele National Park holiday, at this Limpopo nature reserve in South Africa, where there are game drives, sunset bush walks, trails and 4x4 adventures as well close up views of Cape Vultures from the mountain top.

Bird watching is one of the biggest attractions amongst the Marakele National Park activities. There are around 400 types of birds in this area where two climatic regions intersect. A narrow tar road takes visitors up to the top of the Waterberg massif. This vantage point provides spectacular views of scenery and the endangered Cape Vulture colony, while these large birds soar past at close quarters.

Game drives take visitors to the core of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve - a wilderness experience with qualified and experienced Field Guides / Rangers in the park. This Limpopo nature reserve in South Africa has a high density of both Black and White Rhino and most visitors should see these animals, in particular the more gregarious and diurnal White Rhino.

Other great sights include the Kudu bulls with their magnificent spiral horns, and antelope species such as Reedbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Eland and Tsessebe which are not often seen elsewhere. Marakele National Park has 4 of the Big Five animals in residence and an abundance of flora (765 species).


To ensure a safe and joyful trip through our parks, kindly adhere to the Rules and Regulations as stipulated by South African National Parks.The use of drones inside (and over) national parks is strictly prohibited.