Marakele National Park

about Marakele National Park

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a ‘place of sanctuary’ for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa.

flora & fauna at marakele

The park is accessible to all passenger vehicles, with the camp and tent sites on good roads. Also, approximately 80 km of roads within the park are accessible to all vehicles, the balance requiring a four-wheel drive vehicle. Marakele is home to the big five (buffalo did not exist in the park, but 20 disease-free buffalo (nine cows and eleven bulls) were re-introduced on 15 October 2013) [1] as well as sixteen species of antelopes and over 250 species of birds, including the largest colony of Cape griffon vultures in the world (around 800 breeding pairs). The Matlabas River runs through the park.

history

The area now constituting Marakele was home to several iron-age settlements which are not yet open to public viewing. Previous to its foundation as a National Park, it was home to naturalist Eugene Marais. Marakele was founded as Kransberg National Park in 1994 with the purchase of 150 square kilometres (58 sq mi), and was shortly after renamed to its current name. By 1999, the park had expanded to 670 square kilometres (260 sq mi).

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visitor tips

• 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.

• As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
Remember charcoal or wood, as this is not available in the park.

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