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.

Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found here. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds including what’s probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world, have settled here.


Please note:

  • Rehabilitation of roads in Marakele National Park:
    Please note that roads in Marakele National Park are being rehabilitated and the project is expected to run until 31 March 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result, but assure you of our excellenct service at all times.
  • Marakele 4×4 Eco Trail:
    The Marakele 4×4 Eco Trail is closed until further notice due to the excessive damage caused by heavy rains. Management is rerouting the trail.

Contact Information

For enquiries email or phone us on the following numbers:

  • Park Tel: +27 (014) 777 6928 / 29 / 30 / 31
  • Fax: +27 (0)86 650 3051