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The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains and has an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world, have settled here.
While some elephants had been previously reintroduced into the park, it was the release of the Tuli elephants in 1999 that captured the public’s and media’s imagination. Marakele has a high density of both rhino species and most visitors should see these animals, particularly the more gregarious and diurnal white rhinoceros. Look out for Kudu – as browsers these antelope are 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 be found here. Chacma baboon and vervet monkey are two species to be watched carefully for mischief, particularly around the rest camps.Arguably the Park’s biggest birding attraction is the largest colony of Cape Vultures in the world (more than 800 breeding pairs). However the park is also appealing to birders and you are likely to see a varied amount of birds including Southern and Crimsonbreasted Boubou, Arrowmarked and Pied Babbler, Tawnyflanked and Blackchested Prinia, Pintailed and Shafttailed Whydah, Blackeyed and Redeyed Bulbul, Grey and Cape Penduline Tit and Whitebrowed and Kalahari Robin.
Tlopi Tented Camp with furnished units overlooking the banks of the Apiesrivierpoort Dam. Each tent has two beds (and two stretchers are available and suitable for children), private bathroom (shower, wash basin and toilet), a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator/freezer, two-plate stove and electricity. Each tent has a veranda with table and chairs and barbecue facilities. The camp is unfenced.
Bontle Camping Site - 38 camp sites with power arranged into 3 circles with one communal ablution block per circle.
Rates Include:AccommodationRates Exclude:Optional excursions
Climate: Summers are hot but the area does not suffer from the stifling humidity so typical of the eastern Lowveld. The park is situated in the summer rainfall region and rainfall occurs in the form of heavy thunderstorms or soft rain. Winter is moderate with frost occurring in the low lying regions only. Mornings and nights can be cold, but day temperatures are pleasant. Rainfall between 500 – 700 mm per annum.
Please note: No open vehicles are allowed in the park. Your vehicle can be searched at exit points. No collecting of firewood. You will be informed at reception about the roads that are inaccessible. Should you drive on roads that are inaccessible and get stuck, you will be charged for recovery expenses of a minimum of R50,00. Fines can be given should you drive off the roads.Be aware of BABOONS and VERVET MONKEYS. Keep your tents closed when driving around and lock food in the tent’s metal cupboard. You may even turn the fridge slightly so that the door does not open easily. Don’t let anything lie around. People are not allowed to get out of their vehicles, except at places shown on the map by the receptionist. No pets are allowed in the park. Firearms must be declared at reception. A general speed limit of 30 km/h must be maintained within the park’s boundaries.
Office hours: 07:30 in the morning until 17:00 in the afternoon.
Gate Hours: The gates close at 18:00 in summertime and at 17:00 in winter. If you are still inside the Park after the gates have closed you can be given a fine.
Handy Hints: Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird and wildlife reference books, a hat and sunscreen lotion. Also remember to take along medicines such as anti-histamine and lotion for insect stings and bites. Cool clothing for summer and warm for winter - the region is subject to sudden changes in weather, particularly in the mountains. Remember charcoal or wood as this is not available in the park. Visitors should also remember to take a torch along as the camp has no illumination at night. The safari camp has not been fenced and therefore visitors to Marakele are warned to expect the unexpected.
Wheelchair Access: The safari tent camp has 10 units, one of which is accessible to people in wheelchairs, with access ramp and adapted ablution facilities (roll-in shower). Daily Conservation Fees for 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015
Members of SANParks’ loyalty programme
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) ..........R38,00 per adult / R19,00 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport) ................................. R76,00 per adult / R38,00 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors) ........... R152,00 per adult / R78,00 per child, per day
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) ..........R40,00 per adult / R20,00 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport) ................................. R80,00 per adult / R40,00 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors) ........... R160,00 per adult / R80,00 per child, per day