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About Bontle Camping Area Marakele National Park SANParks

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. Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterise the park.

It's no coincidence that bontle means "beautiful" in Setswana. This pleasant rest camp consists of 36 camp sites with power points, arranged into three clusters with one communal ablution block per cluster.

The rest camp, with its unobstructed views of the unspoiled bush and mountain, is located in close proximity to the Park's main entrance gate.

PLEASE NOTE: the rates are subject to the number of adults and children staying. Quotes will include the 1% Community Levy, but will exclude daily conservation fees, which are to be paid directly to camp on arrival.

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PLEASE NOTE: we are NOT able to provide any pensioner or other discount via the SANParks online booking system.

Rates are subject to the number of adults and children staying. Adult rates apply to persons 12 years and older. Child rates apply to persons aged 2-11 years. Infants under 2 years stay free.

Rates do not include meals...
PLEASE NOTE: we are NOT able to provide any pensioner or other discount via the SANParks online booking system.

Rates are subject to the number of adults and children staying. Adult rates apply to persons 12 years and older. Child rates apply to persons aged 2-11 years. Infants under 2 years stay free.

Rates do not include meals unless specifically indicated otherwise. Rates include 1% Community Levy, but exclude daily conservation fees. These are to be paid directly to camp on arrival.

SANParks have implemented a 1% Community Levy charge on all reservations (overnight and activity products) from 1 June 2012. This will be used to fund projects that support surrounding communities in bettering their livelihoods.

All accommodation, ablution and kitchen facilities are serviced by cleaning staff on a daily basis unless specifically indicated otherwise.

Several parks and rest-camps have retail facilities and restaurants. Vehicle fuel is available in several parks (or is available on the park periphery) and in the main rest camps in Kruger and Kgalagadi.

Bedding is supplied in all accommodation unless specifically indicated otherwise.  Cooking utensils and refrigeration are provided in most accommodation units, unless specifically indicated otherwise.
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Reviews for Bontle Camping Area Marakele National Park SANParks

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Norette Fourie
26 June 2017

Loved the drive up the mountain. Also loved seeing all the elephant, did not see any of the other big 5 but did hear the lion.

Tessa Donovan-Beermann, United States of America
09 January 2017

We stayed one night in Bontle before Christmas, and had a great time. The view from the campsite is lovely.

martin de jager, South Africa
11 August 2015

wow, enjoyed our stay, Sanarks deserves a compliment, clean , inexpensive, stunning stay.

Yvonne Follens, South Africa
28 October 2014

We were a bit disappointed by Marakele National Park. Do not go there and expect to drive to see game. Just go there to relax and do nothing in the bush. This is only a place for resting. We drove for three days and saw very little game. We did not see any of the big five in the three days. We decided to go the main viewpoint. It is a amazing view from the top, we had to use a bathroom, there was no sign posted to say that there was one, after a while we did discover one. What they don't tell you, is that the route is one single narrow road with no barriers. We were stuck when a car came from...
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bart klopper, South Africa
16 October 2014

Marakele is good value for money. I will go again.

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Bontle Camping Area Marakele National Park SANParks Map

Bontle Camping Area Marakele National Park SANParks is 2.5km from the centre of Marakele National Park , the nearest airport 116.1km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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