True to its Tswana name, Marakele is a place of sanctuary – for couples, families and outdoor adventurers. With overnight stays ranging from safari tents to a farm-style cottage, you’ll find an accommodation option to suit your tastes and your pocket. By Arnold Ras

Aside from mystical mountains and scenic sunsets, Marakele National Park is also a malaria-free area where you can enjoy great game sightings. Tick a few #wildadventuregoals and make this wilderness paradise your playground for a weekend break. Looking for a family excursion, fun in the outdoors with a group of friends, or simple relaxation as a couple? Marakele’s hospitality portfolio has something for everyone.


Wild is giving away a two-night stay for four at Bontle Rest Camp to the value of R3,800. Scroll down to enter!

One with nature

At the rustic Bontle Rest Camp guests can choose between 36 campsites – all with power points – to sleep under the stars. For those not so keen on setting up camp, Bontle also offers 10 tented units – four family units and six two-sleeper units. These inviting safari tents each boast a private veranda, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor braai. Situated close to the park’s main entrance gate, Bontle is wild, wonderful and just the spot to become one with nature. Keep in mind that this rest camp is unfenced.

Cost: Campsites from R265 (1-2 guests); Safari tents from R1,175 (1-2 adults). View detailed tariffs.
Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Safari romance

The unfenced Tlopi Tented Camp, set on a shimmering dam, will leave you in awe of the park’s natural beauty. Just picture sitting on your private deck, listening to the sounds of nature as you watch the sun drop into the water. If a romantic getaway is on the cards, Tlopi will not disappoint – this tranquil bush setting will make for many memories. Each two-sleeper tent boasts its own bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a braai spot. Cue nights next to the fire, a warming sherry and your favourite person.

Cost: From R1,360 per tent (1-2 guests). View detailed tariffs.
Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Wilderness on wheels

This is just the ticket for the truly wild at heart. Marakele’s 4×4 Eco-Trail (three days, two nights) might be primitive, but you’ll get to explore the Waterberg mountain range like few others. Professional guides will take the lead as you set off on a journey of discovery; at night you’ll pitch your tent in an unfenced camp deep in the bush. It goes without saying that 4×4 driving skills are a prerequisite. No trailers are allowed and make sure your mean machine has low-range and proper clearance (rear diff ground clearance of 240mm, front diff 330mm or above). The eco-trail departs from Marakele’s main entrance gate every Tuesday and Friday and ends at the Moralane exit gate every Thursday and Sunday. Wondering about the exact route? Head to the SANParks website to view the trail map and a list of essential equipment and accessories.

Cost: R4,750 per vehicle (four people maximum), excluding conservation fees. Take note that no persons under the age of 12 are allowed.
Bookings: +27 (0)12 428 9111, +27 (0)14 777 6928/29/30/31, [email protected], [email protected]

The more, the merrier

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Secluded, comfortable and surrounded by mountains. Motswere Guest Cottage provides ample accommodation for four couples, a big family or a group of friends. Once a farmhouse, Motswere is now a spacious guest house – the name refers to the indigenous leadwood tree found in the park. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a view of the Waterberg Mountains, this cottage is a peaceful retreat; all you have to do is pack your favourite food. As the area is fenced, youngsters can run around freely while adults enjoy the natural, unspoilt environment. Take note that a high-clearance or 4×4 vehicle is needed to reach the cottage, which is situated some 27km from the park’s main entrance gate.

Cost: From R2,075 for 1-4 guests. View detailed tariffs.
Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Loving luxury

Marataba Safari Lodge’s 15 luxury tented suites might not come cheap, but then it’s not your average tented camp. On offer are private decks, views for days, private 4×4 safari vehicles, butlers, a helipad and airstrip, and fine dining. This 23,000 hectare private concession hugged by the picturesque Waterberg mountain range will impress on all levels. And you won’t get bored – there are game drives, bush walks and even water safaris… Here, the wonders of nature and wildlife, combined with life’s sweet splendours, make for an indulgent break from mundane city life.

Cost: From R6,895 per person per night sharing or R10,343 for single occupancy.
Reservations: +27 (0) 11 880 9992, [email protected]

Enter and win

Email the answer to our question below to [email protected] (subject line: Marakele getaway) before 23 July 2017. Remember to include your full names and contact details. Wild will randomly select the winner. The winner will be notified telephonically. Take note that entrants must be 18 years or older.

Question: What is the name of Marakele National Park’s private concession?

Winner: Anthony Lesar

Take note

  • The prize is valid from 31 July 2017 to 31 March 2018 outside school holidays and long weekends.
  • The prize may not be exchanged for cash and is not transferable.
  • Additional persons, meals, activities, transport, etc. are for the prize winner’s own account.
  • Reservations are subject to availability and bookings must be made in advance.
  • A prize letter must accompany the booking request.
* Featured picture courtesy of SANParks