Wildlife & Animals – Marakele NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Marakele has many safari animals, including the Big Five, though densities are low. Buffalo have been re-introduced and there is a fair chance of finding white rhino. There are plenty of elephant in the park as well, but they tend to stick to the inaccessible northern area. Overall, sightings are scarce and Marakele’s appeal lies mostly in the rugged scenery and unspoiled wilderness.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
BuffaloVery Rare
ZebraCommon
LionRare
HyenaRare
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

The park is home to as many as 16 antelope species due to its variety of habitats. Some of the specials include reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, eland, tsessebe and the stately sable antelope. This is a good place to see bat-eared fox, which is most easily observed when denning. A night drive offers a chance to see the elusive aardwolf and aardvark.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

A visit to view wildlife in Marakele is better scheduled during the Dry season. At this time, water in the bush dissipates leaving animals to search for available water. These sources of water are great for spotting wildlife, and the sparse plant-life make it all the easier to do so. The Dry season occurs from June to September.

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