Set in the Waterberg region, Limpopo, South Africa, Marakele National Park features 400 types of birds and 765 plant species including Yellow-wood Trees and 5 metre high Cycads.
Marakele National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa is about 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. Summers in the Waterberg region are hot but the area does not suffer from the stifling humidity typical of the eastern Lowveld.
Marakele National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa is situated in the summer rainfall region and rainfall occurs in the form of heavy thunderstorms or soft rain. Winters are moderate with frost occurring in the low lying regions only. Mornings and nights can be cold, but day temperatures can be pleasing. The area receives about 500-700mm of rain per year.
AccessThe Kwaggasvlakte Plains immediately north of the reception complex and camping site can be traversed in a normal sedan, as can the entrance roads to the safari tent camp and bush camp. The narrow track up to the massif is also accessible to sedan cars. Most other roads will present difficult terrain and are suitable for 4x4 vehicles.
No driving at night is allowed in the park. Visitors are not allowed to get out of their vehicles except at places indicated on the map by the park receptionist. A general speed limit of 30km per hour (19 miles) must be maintained within the park boundaries and no off road driving is permitted.
Marakele National Park is situated in the Waterberg mountain range in the Limpopo Province near Thabazimbi, about 250km (155 miles) north of Johannesburg, in a malaria-free area. The office is approximately 12km (8 miles) from Thabazimbi crossing on the road from Thabazimbi to Alma.
Travellers can take either the N1 to Warmbaths and from there follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi or travel to Brits and follow the R511 via Beestekraal to Thabazimbi.