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Marakele National Park is a true gem located in the heart of South Africa's Waterberg region. This breathtaking park is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and hyena, as well as over 300 bird species.

The park is also home to the Tswana people, who have lived in harmony with the land for centuries.

The park is located within easy reach of Johannesburg, making it the perfect weekend getaway for city dwellers. But despite its close proximity to the city, Marakele feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here, you can truly escape into the wild and reconnect with nature.


On your visit to Marakele National Park, you can partake and enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Wildlife viewing game drives
  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Picnicking
  • Horseback riding
  • Photography

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the weather is pleasant and the foliage is not too dense, making it easier to spot wildlife.

Climate Chart

 May 24 9 25
 June 26 9 18
 July 27 9 15
 August 27 8 15
 September  26 8 20

Getting There

Marakele National Park is located approximately 250 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg. The drive takes about 3 hours. There are also several shuttle services available that can take you from Johannesburg to the park.


There are a few accommodation options within Marakele National Park ranging from basic camping to tented camps with modern luxuries. Whether you're looking for a luxurious getaway or a more budget-friendly option, there's something for everyone.