Love camping but not so fond of spending your bushveld nights in a conventional tent? Bontle Rest Camp in Marakele National Park now offers 10 new safari tents.

Marakele National Park, situated in the Waterberg mountain range in Limpopo, is the perfect weekend getaway, only four hours north of Johannesburg’s concrete jungle. Bontle Rest Camp’s safari tents opened for visitors in July this year and offer a unique experience to nature lovers not keen on seriously roughing it.

Four of the safari tents can sleep four people with one double and two single beds, and the other six tents can accommodate two people with two single beds. Both options feature an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and the kitchenette is equipped with utensils, a fridge, microwave and two-plate stove. And what is a safari tent without that all important braai area? Not to worry, here you can braai to your heart’s content while listening to the night-time sounds of the park.

All the tents have fans for those hot summer nights and don’t worry about anti-malaria medication – the park is a malaria-free area.

Bontle Tented Camp Marakele National Park-Joep Stevens


Both the four and two-sleeper safari tents range from R1,030 to R1,220 base rate for two people depending on the season. Cost per additional adult is R220 and R110 per additional child. Click here to make a reservation or contact the park on +27 (0)14 777 6928/29/30/31 for more information. Remember that Wild Card members do not pay daily conservation fees.

How to get there

Marakele National Park is near Thabazimbi, approximately 250km north of Johannesburg. Travellers can either take the N1 to Bela-Bela and follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi, or drive to Brits and follow the R511 via Beestekraal to Thabazimbi.

More about Marakele

  • Here you will find one of the world’s largest Cape vulture breeding colonies (more than 800 breeding pairs). For close encounters with this endangered species head to the Sentech Towers in the park.
  • Roads in the park are currently being rehabilitated and the project should be completed by 31 March 2016.
  • Activities in the park include a 4×4 eco trail, birding, game drives and picnicking at Ikhutseng picnic site.

Click here for maps of the park.

Bontle Tsafari tent Marakele double bed

A bedroom with double bed in one of the 10 safari tents equiped to sleep four people.

Bontle Tsafari tent Marakele outside day

The safari tents are just the thing for a quick break to enjoy nature’s beauty.