Bontle Camping Site - Marakele National Park| safari.com
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Overview

Located at the bottom of a narrow, winding path up to the nearby Waterberg mountain pass, Bontle camping site is set confidently into the undergrowth of Marakele National Park. Unfenced and full of the spirit of adventure indigenous to this area, Bontle is an unforgettable camping experience. With the greater Marakele a swatch of authenticity and safari excitement, guests to Bontle have a lot to look forward to from their trip to this wonderful camp site. 

Accommodation

Accommodation at Bontle Camp Site is provided in thirty-eight individual rustic camp sites. Electrical outlets have been made available to certain sites, with communal ablution facilities also available. 

Activities & Facilities

Visitors to Bontle can take in some game viewing at the nearby watering hole, as well as the camp's game drives and walking trails. Facilities are mostly located in areas briefly outside of the park itself, and these include filling stations, restaurants, supply shops, and emergency or medical facilities, in the nearby town of Thabazimbi. 

Important Information

Children: Children are welcome at Marakele National Park and Bontle.

Malaria: Marakele is located in a Malaria free area.

Facilities and services are all available in Thabazimbi.

No driving at night is allowed in the park.

Open vehicles and passengers riding in the backs of open vehicles are not allowed.

Wheelchair friendly ablution blocks and accommodation are available.

Wildlife

Marakele National Park offers a wide selection of animals for your viewing pleasure, including leopard, hyena, white rhino, elephant, black rhino, lion, chacma baboon, and a range of antelope such as kudu, sable, impala, eland, tsessebe and waterbuck.

Bird spotting in the area yields Southern Boubou and Crimson-breasted Shrike, Red-eyed Bulbul, Grey and Cape Penduline Tit, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Southern Pied Babbler, and many many others.

Directions

To Marakele:

Driving distances to Marakele: from Gauteng is 4 hours and from Tshwane 3 hours.

Travellers can take either:

the N1 to Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) and from there follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi

 

or travel to Brits and follow the R511 via Beestekraal to Thabazimbi.


The check-in office for Bontle is approximately 12km from Thabazimbi crossing on the road from Thabazimbi to Alma.

GPS: 24º31.860' (South), 027º29.896' (East)

Gate Times:

• Opens - 06:00, closes - 18:00 -> 1st Sept to 30th April
• Opens - 06:00, closes - 17:30 -> 1st May to 31st August

Reviews


chris zeelie

Very nice clean camp. Ablutions spotless.

Jocelyn boonzaier

Lovely remote peaceful campsite.Well kept ablutions.Very beautiful scenery,mountains.We enjoyed our stay.We saw 2 caracul under the trees near some warthog.

Jenny Smith

Camping site very nice - weather very hot , so a swimming pool could be a big attraction. Map could be upgraded as some roads are not shown.Trip up the mountain is spectacular.

Ian Smith

Marakele is beautiful plant and mountain wise, with wonderful bird life. The outlay of the camping site is clever and provides privacy. Saw very few animals, except for the ones who came to drink at the waterhole close by.

Wessels

Friendly staff and security, well maintained and clean.

Casper Mare

We really enjoyed ourselves and love the simplicity of the camp. A pool would have been lovely, but we are glad that there isn't one as the camp then has a lovely quiet and calmness to it. The view of the water hole means that you don't have to even leave the campsite and get to enjoy the animals from your campsite. We will definitely be returning.

Kirstin French

Great camping weekend. Was very windy so worried about making fire for the braai. Didn't have hot water in the ladies until Saturday eve. Had a good shower anyway. The view point was magnificent and spotting the Ellies and Tsesebe a bonus. Back at camp on the Sunday morning has a perfect view of Rhino. Photographers were on top form. Thanks to the friendly staff.

Janine Travaglini

baie droog diere min maar sal weer terug kom na reen het lekker gekamp baie dankie!

berney doubell

As always, I enjoyed myself.

Gloria

Located at the bottom of a narrow, winding path up to the nearby Waterberg mountain pass, Bontle camping site is set confidently into the undergrowth of Marakele National Park. Unfenced and full of the spirit of adventure indigenous to this area, Bontle is an unforgettable camping experience. With the greater Marakele a swatch of authenticity and safari excitement, guests to Bontle have a lot to look forward to from their trip to this wonderful camp site. 

Accommodation at Bontle Camp Site is provided in thirty-eight individual rustic camp sites. Electrical outlets have been made available to certain sites, with communal ablution facilities also available. 

Visitors to Bontle can take in some game viewing at the nearby watering hole, as well as the camp's game drives and walking trails. Facilities are mostly located in areas briefly outside of the park itself, and these include filling stations, restaurants, supply shops, and emergency or medical facilities, in the nearby town of Thabazimbi. 

Children: Children are welcome at Marakele National Park and Bontle.

Malaria: Marakele is located in a Malaria free area.

Facilities and services are all available in Thabazimbi.

No driving at night is allowed in the park.

Open vehicles and passengers riding in the backs of open vehicles are not allowed.

Wheelchair friendly ablution blocks and accommodation are available.

Marakele National Park offers a wide selection of animals for your viewing pleasure, including leopard, hyena, white rhino, elephant, black rhino, lion, chacma baboon, and a range of antelope such as kudu, sable, impala, eland, tsessebe and waterbuck.

Bird spotting in the area yields Southern Boubou and Crimson-breasted Shrike, Red-eyed Bulbul, Grey and Cape Penduline Tit, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Southern Pied Babbler, and many many others.

To Marakele:

Driving distances to Marakele: from Gauteng is 4 hours and from Tshwane 3 hours.

Travellers can take either:

the N1 to Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) and from there follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi

 

or travel to Brits and follow the R511 via Beestekraal to Thabazimbi.


The check-in office for Bontle is approximately 12km from Thabazimbi crossing on the road from Thabazimbi to Alma.

GPS: 24º31.860' (South), 027º29.896' (East)

Gate Times:

• Opens - 06:00, closes - 18:00 -> 1st Sept to 30th April
• Opens - 06:00, closes - 17:30 -> 1st May to 31st August

chris zeelie

Very nice clean camp. Ablutions spotless.

Jocelyn boonzaier

Lovely remote peaceful campsite.Well kept ablutions.Very beautiful scenery,mountains.We enjoyed our stay.We saw 2 caracul under the trees near some warthog.

Jenny Smith

Camping site very nice - weather very hot , so a swimming pool could be a big attraction. Map could be upgraded as some roads are not shown.Trip up the mountain is spectacular.

Ian Smith

Marakele is beautiful plant and mountain wise, with wonderful bird life. The outlay of the camping site is clever and provides privacy. Saw very few animals, except for the ones who came to drink at the waterhole close by.

Wessels

Friendly staff and security, well maintained and clean.

Casper Mare

We really enjoyed ourselves and love the simplicity of the camp. A pool would have been lovely, but we are glad that there isn't one as the camp then has a lovely quiet and calmness to it. The view of the water hole means that you don't have to even leave the campsite and get to enjoy the animals from your campsite. We will definitely be returning.

Kirstin French

Great camping weekend. Was very windy so worried about making fire for the braai. Didn't have hot water in the ladies until Saturday eve. Had a good shower anyway. The view point was magnificent and spotting the Ellies and Tsesebe a bonus. Back at camp on the Sunday morning has a perfect view of Rhino. Photographers were on top form. Thanks to the friendly staff.

Janine Travaglini

baie droog diere min maar sal weer terug kom na reen het lekker gekamp baie dankie!

berney doubell

As always, I enjoyed myself.

Gloria

Accommodation options

Camp Site (CK6P)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 23 $ 5 $ 2 6 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 20 $ 5 $ 3 6 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 20 $ 5 $ 3 6 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 20 $ 5 $ 3 6 people
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 25 $ 5 $ 3 6 people
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For 2 people

- Powerpoint 

Camp Site (CK6PZ)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 23 $ 5 $ 2 6 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 20 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 20 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 20 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 25 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
From $ 20

For 2 people

- Powerpoint - Wheelchair accessible 

Safari Tent (ST2Z)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 101 - - 4 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 96 - - 4 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 86 - - 4 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 96 - - 4 people
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 108 - - 4 people
From $ 86

For 2 people

 - 2 Single Beds - Accessible to Mobility Challenged - Braai Area - En-suite bathroom with shower - Fan - Kitchenette with utensils - Microwave & Fridge - No Smoking - Two plate stove

Safari Tent (ST2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 101 - - 2 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 96 - - 2 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 86 - - 2 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 96 - - 2 people
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 108 - - 2 people
From $ 86

For 2 people

 - 2 Single Beds - Braai Area - En-suite bathroom with shower - Fan - Kitchenette with utensils - Microwave & Fridge - No Smoking - Two plate stove

Safari Tent (ST4)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 101 $ 17 $ 8 4 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 96 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 86 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 96 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
12 Jun 2020 — 12 Oct 2020 $ 108 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
From $ 86

For 2 people

 - 1 double bed - 2 Single Beds - Braai Area - En-suite bathroom with shower - Fan - Kitchenette with utensils - Microwave & Fridge - No Smoking - Two plate stove