Bontle Rest Camp

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Bontle Rest Camp is in the malaria-free Marakele National Park, situated close to the main gate and reception area. This camp is unfenced and is regularly visited by various animals. The park is distinguished by its majestic mountains, open plains, and deep valleys.

Accommodation

The campsites with power are arranged into three clusters with one communal ablution block per cluster. A wheelchair accessible site is available.Please ensure to provide your own tent and camping equipment, caravan or motor home.

  • Two-bed Safari Tents have 2 single beds, en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower. There is a kitchenette with utensils, microwave and a fridge. Outside on the veranda is a braai area.

  • Four-bed Safari Tents has a double bed and two single beds,  en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower. There is a kitchenette with utensils, microwave and a fridge. Outside on the veranda is a braai 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.

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Rates & Pricing

Camp site (CK6P,CK6PZ)(power)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
110
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
55
ZAR
Safari Tent (ST4)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
317
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
159
ZAR
Safari Tent (ST2,ST2Z)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
2
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR

Please note the pricing above excludes the following:

  • Entry/conservation fees (payable on arrival at your destination)
  • Transport, transfers and flights
  • Late arrival transfer fee (if applicable for your destination)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Safari Game Drives (unless indicated on your itinerary)
  • Baby cot/bed

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What our guests have said about this accommodation

Casper Mare
Friendly staff and security, well maintained and clean.
Kirstin French
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.
Janine Travaglini
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.
berney doubell
baie droog diere min maar sal weer terug kom na reen het lekker gekamp baie dankie!
Gloria
As always, I enjoyed myself.
Erika Snyman
Clean ablutions. Friendly staff. I loved the idea that the camp is not fenced!
Roy Patterson
Reception and cleaning staff efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Facilities very clean and well maintained.Game viewing experience disappointing.
corne Harmse
It was nice I would just like to say thaT ablutions are a bit of a problem if the camp is fully booked.
Jocelyn boonzaier
Very nice clean camp. Ablutions spotless.
Chris Taylor
There were maybe 4-5 sets of campers at any time and about 4 ablution blocks, but each day a gang of maybe 10 'cleaners' arrived, spent maybe 30 minutes doing the cleaning and then 4 hours sitting talking. A complete waste of money. Either fire or redeploy on other tasks
Hannes van der Merwe
A pleasant and quiet place to have a short holiday. Did not travel around much, because of the weather. The indemnity form to be filled in by all seems to be the green light for Sanparks to neglect all road maintenance, especially upwards to Lenong outlook . I had the fortunate experience to have a herd of 5 rhino 5 meters around my camping site which made the whole stay worthwhile. Thank you Hannes van der Merwe
Dewald Du Plessis
We had an awesome close-up experience with the rhinos next to our tent one night
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Christo de Jager
The Marakele trip was satisfactory, however the time spend in the big five camp was a complete waste of time, we have spend two extensive daily trips per day in the camp, using all the roads available, including the 4x4 routes seeing none of the big five, and only a few antelope and zebra, worst game viewing we have ever experienced in SA. Bontle camp was to standard, and we have enjoyed the stay in the camp.
Mindie van Niekerk
We were very disappointed it wasn't what we expected. When we planed on visiting Marakele with the Big 5 we were actually looking forward in camping with the Big 5. To our disappointment there are very few roads that we can travel on. The bird life was not that great and the bird hide looked terrible. The ablution blocks are well kept but need extra showers for the ladies. Marakele is such a big park but we were only allowed to travel on 1 main road and some gravel roads, which made game viewing very difficult we did not even spot any Big 5 animals on the other side of the tunnel. Very disappointing! That made our stay very boring and we were counting the days to return back home.
Ian 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.
Venesse
Excellent! Thanks
THRULOW
Will definitely return for another visit, when not so hot!
Carl Allen
Die kamp het aan al ons vereistes voldoen. Skoon wasgeriewe, altyd warm water, en... Renosters op ons voorstoep! Ons het baie baie diere gesien, en n onvergeetlike "Baie hoog" uitstappie na die Aasvoel uitkykpunt gehad. Ons het ook langs die 4x4 roete, die Cheetah se voetspore gesien! n Bonus, was die lekker donderstorm, en baie lekker reen daarna!! Ons het dit baie geniet!
Brian Thomas
I would just like to thank the National parks for the lovely stay that we had at the Bontle Camping Site. We loved the experience of the camp site being un-fenced and the animals being able to wander through the camp, sometimes right next to our tent. We were also very impressed with the cleanliness of the camp and the toilet facilities. Overall a very good experience.
Brian Thomas
I would just like to thank the National parks for the lovely stay that we had at the Bontle Camping Site. We loved the experience of the camp site being un-fenced and the animals being able to wander through the camp, sometimes right next to our tent. We were also very impressed with the cleanliness of the camp and the toilet facilities. Overall a very good experience.
Ds Andries Nel
Dis ons derde keer in Bontle karavaanpark en dis elke keer 'n wonderlike ervaring. Die aandstiltes en die sterreprag betower ons en die besoeke van die renosters in die kamp bly 'n besondere adrenalienervaring. Beveel die karavaanpark aan vir natuurliefhebbers.
Adrienne Saunders
Thorougly enjoyed Bontle and the whole Marakele experience. Will try during the week next time as the weekends are very popular. Would also like to try the tented ccamp. Thanks for a great weekend!
Adrienne Saunders
Thorougly enjoyed Bontle and the whole Marakele experience. Will try during the week next time as the weekends are very popular. Would also like to try the tented ccamp. Thanks for a great weekend!
Heinz Paetzold
The staff were friendly, polite and informative and we were made to feel very welcome. The camp is well situated close to a water hole with most of the camping sites under tree cover. The ablution blocks and washing up facilities are kept spotless with adequate hot water. The mountain drive is spectacular and although we didn't see 4 of the big five, we had a very close up sighting of 6 rhino which was magnificent.
Kate Ellison
We loved Marakele, such a beautiful place. The bathrooms were clean, dustbins and fireplaces at the campsites were cleaned daily. My only complaint would be that the staff running Bontle camp were unfriendly and arrogant and they drove around the camp at very high speeds disregarding the safety of children and animals.
D H Booyens
What I like to share with you is the clean ablutions and the friendliness when you arrive at the gate that make a weekend excellent.
Jacques Theron
The camp site is in excellent condition. We enjoyed our stay a lot. It was extremely hot, I suggest a swimming pool. It was also very dry, and the animals was very thin. The park could benefit from a feeding scheme where the park buys Lucerne, and sell it to campers to put out at designated areas for the animals. It would be profitable for the park, as they could buy the Lucerne for R25 and sell for R70 for example.
Steve Mitchell
The range of habitats in Marakele Nat Park made the birding good and the scenery great. We saw a good number of mammals as well. The staff, particularly at the reception and gate, were well-informed and helpful. The map provided was a bit difficult to follow, it was not to scale.
Willie Brill
The unfenced camping area overlooking the water hole was a huge plus point as well as clean and neat ablution facilities. Some camp sites are not clearly demarcated with power points and braais awkwardly situated and also very little shade. Overall a very pleasant camping experience.
attie van den berg
Toilet design and outlay not private add walls or partitions at all abblution blocs Bontle ?
attie van den berg
Toilet design and outlay not private add walls or partitions at all abblution blocs Bontle ?
Niel Crafford
The floors of the ablution facilities are at present being tiled (not quite sure why, it was perfect before!). The quality of workmanship is extremely poor, obviously there is also no proper supervision of the work. Over weekends (your busy time) loose tiles, bags of tile glue etc are lying everywhere, making it difficult to use the facilities...
Johan Kriel
Mariaan Meyer
Always ecxellent, thanks.
JCR Potgieter
Baie lekker stil en rustig. Stort was stukkend maar is vinnig en doeltreffend herstel. Baie dankie vir n goeie ondervinding.
Steve Gerber
What an awesome place. Our campsite over looked the watering hole. Facilities of a hig standard with lots of hot water. Did not drive around a lot, spend most of the time photographing the animals as they came for water. Can't wait to go back.
Willem Sauer
My familiy and I had the most wonderful stay in Marekele. Tha staff were friendly and helpfull. The ablutions were clean.When asowercertain was torn off in ths ladies sower, the staff replaced it the moment they were told of tha problem. The highlight of our visit was the klipspringers on the mountain and the fact that the there is no fences that give the true African feel. Marekele will see the Sauers of Groot Marico again.
We saw plenty of animals including rhino's three days in a row. Very neat and mordern ablutions, great weather during winter time.
Awie verhoef
Dit was regtig lekker om in Marekele te gaan ontspan. Ons het die hele park vol gery en die uitsig op en van die berg af was wonderlik! Ons het ongelukkig nie al die diere van die groot vyf gesien nie, maar daarvoor het dit wat ons gesien het meer as opgemaak.
Jan H du Plessis
One of the most peaceful and serene camping experiences ever,and I have had plenty.Clean ablutions,beautiful camping sites,friendly staff and then the cherry on top is the breathtaking scenery.
Jenny Smith
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
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.
Wessels
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.
A. Zietsman
Ons was oppad van Mapungupwe terug na Gauteng en het baie van Bontle kamp gehoor en net besluit op te kyk hoe dit lyk. Dit was baie indrukwekkend. Ons vriende het summier nog 'n nag bespreek maar ons moes terug as gevolg van werksverpligtinge. Dankie vir julle moeite!Groete Ansie Zietsman
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