Marakele National Park


South Africa lies on the edge of the Waterberg Escarpment in the transitional zone between the dry western and moist eastern regions of South Africa, a mere 2.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize this non-touristy park. Rare yellowwood and cedar trees, high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found in this 67,000 hectare sanctuary. Safari trails usually start at sunrise, or on game drives along 4×4 trails. Wildlife abounds in Marakele comprising all big predators, elephants, black & white rhinos, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, kudus, waterbuck and eland. Numerous bird species abound including spectacular Cape vultures, now threatened by extinction. More than 800 breeding pairs live in the park, the biggest population of this vulture species in South Africa.  Explorers can enjoy off the beaten track wildlife experiences without hordes of tourists – in itself a rarity in southern Africa.

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S 24º31.860′  E 027º29.896′.

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