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Overview

About the Lodge

Tlopi Tented Camp is Marakele National Park's true character, brought to life in its wooden support beams, rugged safari tents, and charming views. Unfenced from the rest of the park, Tlopi Tented camp is a delightful safari venue, with everything you need to make your trip through Marakele something to write home about - and a memory to keep for a lifetime

Accommodation

Accommodation at Tlopi Tented Rest Camp is provided in ten luxury, two-person safari tents, all with electric fans, fully equipped kitchens, and private bathrooms, gorgeous verandas in the calm setting of the camp's vegetation, and an outdoor braai (barbecue) area.

Activities & Facilities

Activities around Tlopi in Marakele National Park include bird watching and game viewing opportunities, morning and sunset drives and bush walks, and an overnight 4x4 eco trail. The nearby mountain pass also provides an awesome view of the nearby Cape Vulture colony, and the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve Wilderness experience is also immediately available.

Facilities are mostly located located outside the park, in the town of Thabazimbi, and include a nearby restaurant and shop, filling station and garage, police station, medical facilities, post office, public telephones, "town-car" friendly roads, and electricity available to certain areas of the camp site.

Important Information

Children: Children are welcome at Tlopi Tented Camp.

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

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

• The check-in office for Tlopi 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


Booking very professional and national park is one of the most beautiful and diverse I have been to. Accommodation is excellent apart from the fact they aren't monkey proof and with the monkeys being so aggressive it really spoilt our stay.

Mark Hopkins

We spent also time in luxurious lodges but this is more worthwhile, more experiencing the wild also a clean tent and beds made every day!! more adventurous Yet very comfortable.

antoinet Oostindier

Thoroughly enjoyed coming back to stay! Will certainly come again.

Leigh MacGillivray

It was awesome. Thanks for staff that are well trained, knowledgeable and friendly.

Adri Garrod

Amazing views, extremely relaxing and quiet. Wonderful place to unwind and forget about the rat race. Not a lot of game around, but the peaceful atmosphere makes up for lack of game viewing.

Annemerie

We booked a trip to Kruger Park to start with but my wife took a bad reaction to the Maleria Tablets at the last minute.The sales consultant Jacques Venter was excellent, very understanding and offered us alternative accommodation at Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi. The camp was very good, clean, tidy and based right on the waterhole offering great views of the wildlife from the balconey.Our Game drive Guide Sydney was excellent and very knowledgable about the local wildlife. Would stay at Marakele again and use safari.com to book. Thanks for making a memorable trip.

Dominic

A fabulous venue for our special Valentines weekend with an efficient and friendly reception... Marakele/Tlopi has to be one of the best kept secrets around. The tents were immaculate, beds comfortable and the setting just perfect.Game viewing wasn't great though but it was still thrilling to know that the BIG 5 was out there somewhere. The scenic drives and secluded picnic spots certainly made up for the lack of BIG 5 viewing. We look forward to a return visit.

Seamus & Lisa McGuigan (Henley On Klip)

We booked a trip to Kruger Park to start with but my wife took a bad reaction to the Maleria Tablets at the last minute. The sales consultant Jaque Venter was excellent, very understanding and offered us alternative accommodation at Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi.The camp was very good, clean, tidy and based right on the waterhole offering great views of the wildlife from the balconey. Our Game drive Guide Sydney was excellent and very knowledgable about the local wildlife. Would stay at Marakele again and use safari.com to book. Thanks for making a memorable trip.

Richard Toward

The road is in terrible condition, we saw no animals exept Impala, Zebra. Monkeys was a nusance , but staff were great

MRS M BASSON

The camp itself is well laid out & overlooks a dam giving you an awesome 'bush' experience with each tent having it's own wooden deck & braai area, but the braai grids needed fixing as most of them were bent & buckled. Beware of the monkeys & baboons though as they will steal anything that is not locked away!! The game was difficult to find & view though due to there not being enough roads in the reserve. We found the only way to come across game was to venture off the main roads on some 4x4 trails which you need the right vehicle for (luckily we had a Jeep), otherwise it was an awesome stay.

Robbie Rowsell

About the Lodge

Tlopi Tented Camp is Marakele National Park's true character, brought to life in its wooden support beams, rugged safari tents, and charming views. Unfenced from the rest of the park, Tlopi Tented camp is a delightful safari venue, with everything you need to make your trip through Marakele something to write home about - and a memory to keep for a lifetime

Accommodation at Tlopi Tented Rest Camp is provided in ten luxury, two-person safari tents, all with electric fans, fully equipped kitchens, and private bathrooms, gorgeous verandas in the calm setting of the camp's vegetation, and an outdoor braai (barbecue) area.

Activities around Tlopi in Marakele National Park include bird watching and game viewing opportunities, morning and sunset drives and bush walks, and an overnight 4x4 eco trail. The nearby mountain pass also provides an awesome view of the nearby Cape Vulture colony, and the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve Wilderness experience is also immediately available.

Facilities are mostly located located outside the park, in the town of Thabazimbi, and include a nearby restaurant and shop, filling station and garage, police station, medical facilities, post office, public telephones, "town-car" friendly roads, and electricity available to certain areas of the camp site.

Children: Children are welcome at Tlopi Tented Camp.

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

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

• The check-in office for Tlopi 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

Booking very professional and national park is one of the most beautiful and diverse I have been to. Accommodation is excellent apart from the fact they aren't monkey proof and with the monkeys being so aggressive it really spoilt our stay.

Mark Hopkins

We spent also time in luxurious lodges but this is more worthwhile, more experiencing the wild also a clean tent and beds made every day!! more adventurous Yet very comfortable.

antoinet Oostindier

Thoroughly enjoyed coming back to stay! Will certainly come again.

Leigh MacGillivray

It was awesome. Thanks for staff that are well trained, knowledgeable and friendly.

Adri Garrod

Amazing views, extremely relaxing and quiet. Wonderful place to unwind and forget about the rat race. Not a lot of game around, but the peaceful atmosphere makes up for lack of game viewing.

Annemerie

We booked a trip to Kruger Park to start with but my wife took a bad reaction to the Maleria Tablets at the last minute.The sales consultant Jacques Venter was excellent, very understanding and offered us alternative accommodation at Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi. The camp was very good, clean, tidy and based right on the waterhole offering great views of the wildlife from the balconey.Our Game drive Guide Sydney was excellent and very knowledgable about the local wildlife. Would stay at Marakele again and use safari.com to book. Thanks for making a memorable trip.

Dominic

A fabulous venue for our special Valentines weekend with an efficient and friendly reception... Marakele/Tlopi has to be one of the best kept secrets around. The tents were immaculate, beds comfortable and the setting just perfect.Game viewing wasn't great though but it was still thrilling to know that the BIG 5 was out there somewhere. The scenic drives and secluded picnic spots certainly made up for the lack of BIG 5 viewing. We look forward to a return visit.

Seamus & Lisa McGuigan (Henley On Klip)

We booked a trip to Kruger Park to start with but my wife took a bad reaction to the Maleria Tablets at the last minute. The sales consultant Jaque Venter was excellent, very understanding and offered us alternative accommodation at Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi.The camp was very good, clean, tidy and based right on the waterhole offering great views of the wildlife from the balconey. Our Game drive Guide Sydney was excellent and very knowledgable about the local wildlife. Would stay at Marakele again and use safari.com to book. Thanks for making a memorable trip.

Richard Toward

The road is in terrible condition, we saw no animals exept Impala, Zebra. Monkeys was a nusance , but staff were great

MRS M BASSON

The camp itself is well laid out & overlooks a dam giving you an awesome 'bush' experience with each tent having it's own wooden deck & braai area, but the braai grids needed fixing as most of them were bent & buckled. Beware of the monkeys & baboons though as they will steal anything that is not locked away!! The game was difficult to find & view though due to there not being enough roads in the reserve. We found the only way to come across game was to venture off the main roads on some 4x4 trails which you need the right vehicle for (luckily we had a Jeep), otherwise it was an awesome stay.

Robbie Rowsell

Accommodation options

Safari Tent (ST2/3)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 110 - $ 8 2 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 106 - $ 9 2 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 96 - $ 9 2 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 106 - $ 9 2 people
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 118 - $ 9 2 people
From $ 96

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Check in before 17:00 - Fan - Kitchen - No fishing or swimming allowed - No Smoking - Stretcher only suitable for guests younger than 16 - Stretchers (max two / tent) available on request, - Wc and shower 

Safari Tent (ST2/3Z)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 110 - $ 8 2 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 106 - $ 9 2 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 96 - $ 9 2 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 106 - $ 9 2 people
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 118 - $ 9 2 people
From $ 96

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Check in before 17:00 - Fan - Kitchen - No fishing or swimming allowed - No Smoking - Stretcher only suitable for guests younger than 16 - Stretchers (max two / tent) available on request, - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Wc and shower 

Motswere Guest Cottage GC8

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 191 $ 30 $ 15 8 people
01 Nov 2019 — 13 Jan 2020 $ 183 $ 32 $ 16 8 people
14 Jan 2020 — 19 Mar 2020 $ 162 $ 32 $ 16 8 people
20 Mar 2020 — 11 Jun 2020 $ 183 $ 32 $ 16 8 people
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 204 $ 32 $ 16 8 people
From $ 162

For None people

2 Double beds and 4 Single beds - Check in before 17:00
Rates quoted exclude 1% community fund added to reservation cost