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Marakele National Park accommodation, perfect
stage for an unforgettable African bush experience

The Marakele National Park accommodation facilities are to be found in the only two rest camps that the Park has, the Bontle camping and caravan site and the Tlopi tented camp.


The Park is 67 000 ha and is set in the heart of the Waterberg mountain range, in the Limpopo province, in South Africa.

As it’s Tswana name suggests: Marakele is a "Place of Sanctuary" and the ideal setting for an unforgettable african bush experience.

The Park is home to most of the large and small animals one would expect to find in the African bush including the Big 5, offering great game-viewing opportunities.


Learn more about the accommodation in the two rest camps in the Park:

Main entrance gate of the Marakele National Park - Marakele National Park accommodation
Main entrance gate of the Marakele National Park
Marakele National Park accommodation

Bontle camping and caravan site,...

The word "Bontle" comes from the language of the Tswana people and means "beautiful". Bontle rest camp is located in the southern low-lying part of the park, also called "Kwaggasvlakte".

It is close to the entrance of the park, adjacent to the Park’s administration offices. The camp has many trees and most of the 38 available camping sites are well shaded. You will enjoy the delicious coolness during the heat of the day.

Camping on the African savannah - Marakele National Park accommodation
Camping on the African savannah
Marakele National Park accommodation - copyright © South Africa Tours and Travel.com

The camp truly does honor to its name, because it is indeed beautiful with an excellent lay-out. The ablution blocks are designed to blend well into the surrounding landscape. The rest camp has one ablution block per 10 camping sites, which means that it is never crowded.

They are comfortable, neat and clean with clean hot water and, also important, they are wheelchair friendly. In addition they also have facilities to wash your dishes or your clothes.

Elephant portrait - Marakele National Park accommodation
Elephant portrait
Marakele National Park accommodation - copyright © Arno en Louise Meintjes

Most of the camping sites in the rest camp overlook a waterhole which is situated quite close to the camping area. You can watch the animals coming in to the waterhole to quench their thirst right from your tent.

Sometimes they move between the tents, because Bontle rest camp is not fenced. A fantastic experience and do not worry, there are no predators in this part of the Marakele National Park.

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Tlopi tented rest camp,...

Safari tent accommodation in the Tlopi tented rest camp - Marakele National Park accommodation
Safari tent accommodation in the Tlopi tented rest camp
Marakele National Park accommodation

Tlopi Tented camp is named after the Tlopi river, which feeds the dam. The word "Tlopi" is derived from the Tswana word "Motlopi" (Witgat tree), which is the Tswana name for the Shepherd’s tree (Boscia albitrunca), which is quite common along the banks of the Tlopi rover.

The Camp is situated approximately 17 km from the Reception Office. The camp is unfenced and consists of 10 spacious safari tents, each one set up on a raised wooden deck (veranda) about 1,5 to 2 meters above the ground. The view from these verandas is quite an experience.

Game drive encounter - Marakele National Park accommodation
Game drive encounter
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The tents are very comfortable, well planned and very roomy with two separate living spaces, being the kitchen/dining area and the bedroom/bathroom area and a full deck with a table and deck chairs that surrounds both with a "braai" (barbecue) in the center. The tents are cleaned and serviced daily.

The bedroom has two single beds. There are also two stretchers available which are more suitable for children. They fit into the bedroom with ease. You will love the bathroom, a separate shower and toilet and a built in bench complete with a rustic washbasin made of galvanized sink.

Interior of the Safari tents in Tlopi rest camp - Marakele National Park accommodation
Interior of the Safari tents in Tlopi rest camp
Marakele National Park accommodation - copyright © Ulrike Loehr

The kitchen area contains a dining table, a well-sized fridge, basin, kettle, two plate stove, electricity and everything else a person might need to whip up a fabulous bush dinner. Nice touches are the kitchen towels and dishwashing liquid.

Just imagine, here you are sitting on tour veranda in an unfenced safari camp, enjoying an ice-cold sundowner, watching the animals coming to the dam to quench their thirst. What an experience getting so close to nature.

Great view from the wooden decks of the Safari tents in Tlopi rest camp - Marakele National Park accommodation
Great view from the wooden decks of the Safari tents in Tlopi rest camp
Marakele National Park accommodation - copyright © Andy Carter

When it gets dark you fire up the barbecue, pour another drink and while the barbecue sizzles away, you look for animals with your spotlight. If you are a stargazer you might have even brought your telescope along to enjoy the dark and clear African sky.

Bunch of vultures waiting for their turn to the dinner table - Marakele National Park accommodation
Bunch of vultures waiting for their turn to the dinner table
Marakele National Park accommodation - copyright © South African tourism

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Tariffs and Reservations,...

CLICK HERE... to view the tariffs for the Marakele National Park on the official tariff page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.

CLICK HERE... to book your reservation for one of the Marakele National park accommodation units on the official reservations page of the South African National Parks organization (SANparks) website.

Tourists on a self-drive safari trip - Marakele National Park accommodation
Tourists on a self-drive safari trip
Marakele National Park accommodation - copyright © South Africa tours and travel.com

Facilities,...

In an effort to keep the Park's ecosystem as undisturbed as possible, most facilities are located outside the Park in the adjacent town of Thabazimbi.

Shop: In Thabazimbi.
Restaurant: In Thabazimbi.
Roads: 80km of our roads are accessible for normal sedan vehicles.
Electricity: Only the tented camp and camping site is supplied with electricity.
Fuel: Petrol and diesel available in Thabazimbi.
Garage: In Thabazimbi.
Medical services: Doctor and hospital in Thabazimbi.
Telephone: There are no public telephones in the park, but these are available in Thabazimbi.
Post Office: In Thabazimbi.
Police: The nearest police stations are located 12 km from the office and camping site in Thabazimbi and approximately 18 km north of the Kareehoek turnoff at Hoopdal.







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