Marakele 4x4 Eco Trail:
Please note that the Marakele 4x4 Eco Trail is closed until 2015 due to the excessive damage caused by heavy rains in March 2014. Management is rerouting the trail.
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
Areas of Special Interest
A narrow tar road takes visitors up to the top of the Waterberg massif. Views and scenery are spectacular. One is also in the proximity of the vulture colony and these large birds will soar past at close quarters.
5 Things to Seek
- Cape Vulture – the park hosts one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of this endangered species. While birds may be seen in the air catching thermals anywhere in the park, the drive up to the Sentech Towers is nearest to the colony and close encounters with these enormous birds will leave visitors breathless.
- African Elephant – while some elephant had been previously reintroduced into the park, it was the release of the Tuli elephants in 1999 that captured the public’s and media’s imagination.
- Leopard – Large predators such as brown hyena, leopard and now also lion, occur in the park.
- Kudu – as browsers these antelope are in their element at Marakele. Look out for the bulls with their magnificent spiral horns.
- The not-so-often-seen-elsewhere antelope species such as reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, eland and tsessebe can be found here.
- Media Release: 2015 Kumba Marakele Marathon and Half Marathon - 4th February 2015
- The Northern Region invites you to "Go Wild" with us this festive season - 11th December 2014
- The Kumba Marakele Marathon - 10th December 2014
- Marakele National Park commemorates World Rangers Day - 5th August 2014
- Media Release: Youth gather at Marakele National Park for Environmental Education - 30th June 2014
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