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About Griffons Bush Camp

Nestled in a mountainous amphitheater, at the highest point in the Waterberg, lies Griffons Bush Camp. On its own exclusive and private property within Marakele National Park, the gigantic views stretch forever, and the local residents have made the most of the views too, with the largest Cape Griffon colony in the world inhabiting the cliffs above the camp.Griffons is set in a fig and acacia forest on the slopes of the mountain on over 1000 hectares of Waterberg bushveld. Here visitors can enjoy many nature trails, from steep and demanding to leisurely and relaxing. Griffons lies within Marakele National Park which hosts Africa’s Big 5 game species. The lodge also offers game walks and trails, and from Griffons Bush Camp as a base, visitors have a choice of self-drive or guided game drives into Marakele National Park. A four-wheel drive is recommended for all but the main park road, and our guided game drives into the park are undertaken with Griffons four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles.For the birder there is of course the opportunity of viewing the Cape Griffon colony, consisting of hundreds of breeding pairs, and their unique behaviour. There are numerous specials in the area and sightings of Gurneys Sugar-bird, Orange-breasted Bush shrikes, White Helmet shrikes, flapped larks and breeding pairs of Verreaux’s eagles are fairly common. Less common sightings of Gymnogene and Brown Snake eagle and Black-breasted Snake eagle have also been recorded from time to time.Predator sightings include lion, leopard, civet, genet, caracal, brown hyena, African wild dog, and black-backed jackal. Other wildlife you are likely to see at Marakele Lodge includes zebra, wildebeest, mountain reedbuck, bushbuck, impala, klipspringer, bush pig, baboon, monkey, common duiker, and numerous other small animals.In summer the mountain cascades with several mountain streams, offering many pools for the hiker to cool off in. A circular trail commencing near the vulture colony in the east and circling west to return to the colony would take the average hiker about five or six hours. Shorter walks up the mountain and to other scenic spots could take as long, depending on the level of fitness.Please note that this is a rustic bush camp we have solar energy and the water comes from the mountain streams. Accessing the roads requires a high clearance/4x4 vehicle, and as we are within the boundaries of a national park, the chances of meeting wild animals is great.

Safari: Griffons Bush Camp offers game walks and trails, and from the Bush Camp as a base visitors have a choice of self-drive or guided game drives into Marakele National Park.

  • Response Rate: 97%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 5 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 18 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
  • Tswana (Setswana)


25% OFF October 2018 Special

Stay between 28 Oct 2018 and 31 Oct 2018 and get 25% off.

  • Valid for 2 guests or more
  • 2 night min stay (check-in between 28 Oct 2018 and 31 Oct 2018)
  • A minimum booking amount of R1467 is required.

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  • Chalet Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 4 Cosy thatch roof chalet with two beds and adjoining shower and flush toilet. Showers are heated by solar energy. Features:  Mountain views, Self-catering, Single beds, Outdoor shower, Heater, Safe see more Mountain views, Self-catering, Single beds, Outdoor shower, Heater, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms
    from R978 For 2 guests
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      Reviews for Griffons Bush Camp

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      Elvera Viljoen
      20 June 2018

      We enjoyed the remote location and the silence. We had antelope walking past our cottage. The road is not really suitable for a sedan. One has to come prepared knowing that there is no electricity and no cell phone reception. There is a solar panel for lights only.

      Peter Springer
      04 April 2018

      We were lucky to be upgraded to the guest lodge, with more space and private amenities. On arrival however, we were a little disconcerted as to the aged state of the old farmhouse. Everything was clean and there were plenty of rooms, kitchen utensils etc, but the building needs a lot of TLC - e.g. a few leaks in the roof, some tiles missing from the walls, ceilings in disrepair. It needs modernising, and clearing up of personal paraphenalia. We did not mind the rustic feel, however it was not the "bush getaway" that we expected.On the positive side, Alois, the camp manager, was a true gem!...
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      Willie Badenhorst
      19 November 2017

      Everything was very nice, a little bit of electricity would help.

      Joselynne Julius
      12 November 2017

      We had a lovely stay, thank you for hosting us. A special thank you to Alios, you made us feel super welcome.

      Jenna Dick
      26 October 2017

      Griffons Bush Camp was just what we needed. The camp is small and private which means peace and quiet for a tired city dweller. Time seems to stand still at the camp... bird song and beautiful vistas fill your day and by night, stars and stillness. Bathroom on suite and under the blanket of bushveld sky, solar and gas powered chalets and fully equipped communal kitchen made for a perfectly restful holiday. Thanks to a very welcoming and accommodating caretaker for being so hospitable. We will be back!

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      Griffons Bush Camp is 23.2km from the centre of Thabazimbi , the nearest airport 104.5km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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