The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Bontle Camping Site is located at the foot of a winding path that leads up to the Waterberg mountain pass and is unfenced with rhino and ostrich often seen around camp. The word "bontle" means beautiful in Tswana, and the campsite is aptly named. Here one can enjoy the contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys that characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five-metre-high cycads and tree ferns, elephant, rhino, the big cats, and an amazing variety of birds (including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures) are found in the park. There are 38 camp sites for either tents or caravan at the campsite, arranged into three clusters with one communal ablution block per cluster. A wheelchair accessible site is available, as well as electric power points.

Quick Facts

Accommodation Type: Camping
Rates from: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Camp Size: Very Large
Max No of Guests: 120
Children Friendly: Yes
Minimum Age: 0

Grading and Accreditation

Star Grading: Not Graded
Green Rating Accreditation: No
Responsible Tourism Certified: No

Location

Details Distance (Km) Travel Time (Min)
Nearest Town Thabazimbi1520
Nearest Major City Johannesburg and Pretoria250240
Nearest Major Airport Ellisras Airport110120
Nearest Hospital Mediclinic Thabazimbi1520

Park / Reserve

Marakele National Park Please click to view

Activities

Primary

Game Drive

Optional

Hiking
Eco-Trail
Bird-Watching

Facilities

Room

Power Points

Camp

Credit cards accepted
Disabled facilities
38 x Caravan and Tent Sites
Communal Ablution Blocks

This Experience

Safari type

Intimate Nature Experience

Specialist Species

Birding
Giraffe
White Rhino
Zebra

Malaria area

No

Suitable for

Solo Travellers
Couples
Children
Families
Small groups
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