In just three hours from Johannesburg lies the heart of the Waterberg, where the park’s spectacular scenery rivals sightings of raptors and big game. The endangered Cape vulture may be seen in the air catching thermals anywhere in the park, but drive up to the Sentech Towers for close encounters with these enormous birds that will leave you breathless.
In Marakele you’ll find guides fluent in the language of the bush. Join them for a walk and you’ll see that broken twigs and dusty spoor can speel a day to remember.
– Melissa Siebert, Wild 17
- Big game sightings
- Tarred mountain pass to the top of the Waterberg massif
- Two night 4×4 eco-trail
- Game viewing
- Morning and sunset drives
- Bush walks
Top sightings: Cape vulture, kudu, elephant
Accommodation: Campsite, safari tents, Marataba Safari Company
Gate times: September – April 07:00 – 18:00, May – August 07:00 – 17:30
Nearest centre: About two hours drive from Rustenberg and a little more from Johannesburg (about 250km).
Know before you go
- The Waterberg is a malaria-free area.
- Although there are routes for sedan vehicles, much of the park is accessible by 4×4 only.
- Fuel is available in Thabazimbi (adjacent town outside the park).
Contact park: +27 (0)53 204 0158, [email protected]
SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]
Visit Marakele National Park’s home page.
Packing list – Sponsored
We asked the team at Cape Union Mart for their gear recomendations for a visit to one of our favourite parks.
- Map and gear for navigation
- Sun protection, yes even in Winter
- Food and hydration and a good flask for something warm
- Lumination and some backup power like this Powertraveller Solar Monkey Adventurer
- First-aid supplies
- Good binoculors like Malkin Binocs
- Sensible luggage like this a gearbag and backpack
- A reliable multi-tool
- Shelter like have a tent and sleeping bags, even if you’re not camping is always a good idea
For more gear ideas and advice visit the Cape Union Mart site.