Waterberg – Marakele National Park
About the Birding
Located roughly 30km to the north-east of Thabazimbi, Marakele National Park covers an extensive area of roughly 45,000 hectares in the southern Waterberg. While incredibly vast, this area is not all accessible to the public; though the reserve supports a huge diversity of habitats. Given the presence of dangerous game, birders are also advised that walking is not permitted within Marakele except when accompanied by an armed ranger. Some 250 bird species are known to occur.
About the Birding Site
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.
Other Related Information
Some 80km of roads traverse Marakele National Park, many of which do not require 4×4 and high clearance. The reserve is reached by following the N1 north from Pretoria. Take the Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) off-ramp and follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi. The reserve is located 12km from Thabazimbi crossing on the road from Thabazimbi to Alma. The reserve is open from 07:00 to 18:00 daily and strictly no driving is permitted within the reserve after 18:00. Standard conservation fees apply and Wild Cards are accepted.