Marakele National Park - Johannesburg
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The Marakele National Park is one of the 21 National Parks run by the South African National Parks. As such the facilities are of a high quality, and the Park is run by efficiently and friendly staff - many of whom come from the local population.
The Marakele National Park is situated in the Waterberg Mountain Range, near Thabazimbe. The Park is incredibly beautiful with impressive mountain landscapes, grassy hills and deep valleys. Elephant, rhino and lions as well as an amazing variety of birds - including a colony of endangered Cape vultures -have settled here. Apart from the animals the vegetation is also fascinating, with the Park containing yellow wood trees, cedar trees, cycads and tree ferns.
The Tlopi tented camp is currently undergoing renovation amd can only be booked again after 1 May 2009. This means that at present, all guests must stay at the Bontle Camping site, which has 38 places for tents.
There are plenty of activities to indulge in during one's visit to Marakele. These include:
* Bird watching
* Game viewing.
* Driving up the mountain pass up to an incredible view
* Morning Bush walks
* Sunset Drives
These activities can be booked at Reception in the Park and are subject to the availability of qualified staff, thus, they may not be always available.
Sedans can cope with certain of the roads, but to be able to really explore Marakele to the fullest, a 4x4 vehicle is a necessary mode of transport.
An interesting approach on the part of the SA National Parks is to locate most facilities are located outside the park in the adjacent town of Thabazimbi. This means that as little disturbance of the animals and vegetation as possible is achieved.
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