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Marakele National Park

Natural & Cultural History

  • The park was first known as the Kransberg National Park when it was first proclaimed in 1994.
  • The Waterberg was the area that the naturalist, poet and author Eugene Marais lived in and inspired such works as his renowned novel "Soul of the White Ant."
  • Ramolefe Boy Moatshe has lived in the area all his life. On 4 August 1981 he survived a 15 minute bare handed fight with a leopard (that he had surprised) after taking a calf from the herd he was tending. Ten hours after the attack he made it to hospital. He spent 2 months in rehabilitation in the hospital.
  • The park also has an abundance of iron-age sites that will be made accessible to visitors in the future.

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