Marakele National Park
Marakele National Park is a Big 5 reserve just outside Thabazimbi, a mere three hours drive from OR Tambo International Airport. We have been travelling to Marakele for a good few years now and it is still one of our favourite destinations.
Below is a list of seven things you can do at Marakele and reasons to consider paying this beautiful reserver a visit:
- Scenery – Take in the beauty of this incredible reserve by driving through plains and up the maintain pass to view what feels like the whole world.
- Vultures – While up on the mountain, spend some time watching some of the more than 800 breeding pairs of vultures that nest on the cliffs.
- 4×4 – Take a 4×4 trail. The one we did lasted a couple hours to drive only a few kilometers. While not very technical it is essential that your vehicle has high terrain clearance and a diff lock. This drive gives you a great chance to see places that few other people have seen!
- Eco-Trail – For the 4×4 veterans out there, Marakele has a four day eco-trail that takes you over the mountains for a good exercise at roughing it.
- Game Drive – Marakele offers paid for game drives which last up to three hours, depending on where you’re staying. The guides are knoewledgable, charismatic and we’ve never had a dull drive.
- Self Drive – The Marakele Reserve sprawls a massive 40,000 ha and while the road network is not extensive, offers many hours of game spotting for you and your family.
- Campsite – Campers who visit the Bontle Campsite, which is about 1km from tha main gate, are always treated to visits from the plains game that browse through the campsite in the evenings and we’ve even had herds of Blue Wildebeest spend the night next to our tent.
If you’re looking for somewhere to visit where you can relax and have a wonderful time, please give Marakele a visit. You won’t regret it!