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'.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
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

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Jamila Game Lodge
18.6 km

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From R1947 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

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Nedile Lodge
19.2 km

From R3490 pps


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

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Sediba Private Game Lodge
19.3 km

From R4200 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

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57 Waterberg
20.4 km

From R3875 pps

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Fifty Seven Waterberg is located in the majestic Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, only 3 hours from Johannesburg and it sports the Big Five in a malaria free environment. This is a place of rare and... More Info

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Komma Nader Gastehuis
21.7 km

From R280 pps


As the children moved out of the house, the rooms were transformed into beautiful guest rooms. We also later built a log house unit and rented it out. Requests were made and we decided that not all ac... More Info

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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

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Wild Ivory Eco Lodge
25.8 km

From R960 pps


Wild Ivory Eco Lodge is a private and exclusive bush lodge situated in Welgevonden Game Reserve, a well established big 5 game reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa and in the heart of the W... More Info

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Marula Cottage Guest Lodge
27.5 km

From R462 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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Castle Guest House
29 km

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Surrounded by mountains and wild life, the Castle Guest House has 11 elegantly furnished spacious rooms for your comfort. Accommodation at the Castle Guest House is ideally suited for reps and head o... More Info

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