Accommodation near Marakele National Park

The Marakele National Park is a game reserve run by South African National Parks (SANParks) in the far north of South Africa. The reserve is located in Limpopo province with Polokwane being the closest urban hub. Marakele is a haven for a variety of bird species, less common antelope species and a healthy number of predators too. It forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere, which means that aside from the fauna, the scenery in the park will certainly give you something to write home about.

The reserve covers over 670 kilometres squared and in that area you will find a variety of vegetation types and their accompanying inhabitants. The diversity is partly due to the fact that the reserve lies in a transition zone, where the drier eastern landscape meets the moister western one. Among the plants you will encounter in the reserve are grasslands and grassy hills, yellowwood trees, cedar trees, occasional cycads and tree ferns. This vegetation is divided between hills, gorges and open plains.

There are over 250 species of birds found in the reserve, including what is possibly the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world. There are 800 breeding pairs. Marakele also has 16 antelope species, including tsessebe, eland and reedbuck. Four of the big 5, lion, leopard, elephant and rhino reign supreme while other predators like hyena also compete for food.

Marakele National Park has 80 kilometres of roads, most of which are suitable for saloon vehicles. One road in particular, which leads up to the top of the Waterberg Massif is a must as it provides the most breath taking views of the landscape below. From up there you will understand why the Tswana called it 'Marakele' in the first place, because it really is a 'Place of Sanctuary'.

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Griffons Bush Camp
12.6 km

From R489 PPS

Cupped in a giant curve of mountains at the highest point in the Waterberg, lies Griffons Bush Camp at Marakele Lodge. Here the views are forever. Griffons is designed for those who value privacy and ... More Info

Jamila Game Lodge
18.6 km


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From R4595 PPS

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Jamila, meaning "a place of beauty", is a spectacular game lodge situated in the northern part of the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, a pristine wilderness area which includes the Big F... More Info

Nedile Lodge
19.2 km

From R2550 PPS

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Nedile Lodge is situated in the, Malaria free, Welgevonden Game Reserve 3.5 hours from Jhb International Airport. Welgevonden Reserve is "Big Five", a declared Heritage Site of 33000 hectares borderi... More Info

Sediba Private Game Lodge
19.3 km

From R4500 PPS

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Sediba offers exclusivity, style and luxury against a backdrop of wild Africa in all her splendour. Situated in the malaria free and 'Big 5' Welgevonden Private Game Reserve and is only a 3- hour driv... More Info

57 Waterberg
20.4 km


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Situated three hours north of Johannesburg lies Fifty Seven Waterberg, a gem nestled in the heart of the Welgevonden Game Reserve and home to the Big Five in a malaria-free area. The Waterberg Biosphe... More Info

Metsi Lodge
22.2 km

From R36400* Unit

Metsi Lodge is situated in the malaria-free 37 000 hectares Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province (South Africa). Taking only one party at a time, Metsi Lodge provides an exclusive holid... More Info

Laluka Safari Lodge
23.4 km

From R3800 PPS

Laluka is a small family-owned and operated luxury lodge in the heart of Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa. We strive to have a low impact on the environment and offer an unforgettably... More Info

Kololo Game Reserve
24.8 km


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Kololo Game Reserve is located in the South African province of Limpopo, in the heart of the Waterberg biosphere. Partially integrated into Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, Kololo offers the Big 5 ex... More Info

Inzalo Safari Lodge
25.5 km


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Inzalo Safari Lodge is a tented luxury lodge in the spectacular Welgevonden Game Reserve, a 34 000 ha 'Big Five', malaria-free protected wilderness within the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere of South Afric... More Info

Marula Cottage Guest Lodge
27.5 km

From R550 PPS

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A beautiful guest lodge set just outside of Thabazimbi. A new friendly 3 bedroom guest lodge, fresh and peaceful, with attention to personal detail, comfort and hospitality. Our beautiful view to t... More Info

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Thabazimbi Reviews

Thabazimbi is small developing and beautiful town with potential for business opportunities. My own observation, the town is Very quiet, and crime seems to be under control and very low. Good investments opportunities there.

It granted me the peace I needed the most.

- Oniccah Lefifi

Thabazimbi is a mining town and is surrounded by game reserves
- Abram Makgopja

Nice clean little town with everything you need.
- Claudette Gourjux

Small mining village
- Frans Wilbrink

Would come back any time
- Tebogo Tladi

A really nice town. Something different.
- Anna Van Niekerk

A friendly town with everything you need from restaurants to banks. Definitely going back!!!
- Travis Bothwell

We visited this Limpopo Province gem for the annual Kumba Marakele Marathon. What a lovely place to host such an amazing and unique race. Will definitely return for more of the same next year.
- Alicia Grobler

Thabazimbi is a great place to visit - it actually seems to be a well-kept secret! For us, the secret is out and we will be going back.
The mountains, the peace, the vast skies - what a lovely, unspoilt place to chill out and get back to basics.
Thabazimbi rocks!

- Bryony Phillips

Very friendly place and an awesome carnival. Will be back next year
- Johan Van Jaarsveld