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Media Release: Youth gather at Marakele National Park for Environmental Education

Date: 2014-06-30

South African National Parks (SANParks) hosted its Environmental Education weekend for the youth at Marakele National Park. The weekend camp was attended by a total of 60 learners from Gauteng and is part of SANParks’ Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), an environmental programme which started in 2010 that is targeted at the urban school-going children.

Media Release: Marakele National Park welcomes two new lions

Date: 2014-05-06

Monday, 5 May 2014, saw two lions released into the Marakele National Park to complement the pride already in the park. They were trans-located from Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in the North West Province to form new coalitions amongst the lions already in the park and to diversify the gene pool for lions.

Media Release: More buffalo for Marakele National Park

Date: 2014-04-07

Following the successful re-introduction of a herd of 20 buffalo which comprised of nine cows and eleven bulls in Marakele National Park in 2013, ten cows were released into the park early this morning.

Marakele's accommodation facilities temporarily closed due to damaged roads

Date: 2014-03-11

Marakele National Park‘s accommodation facilities have been temporarily closed for the rest of the week due to damaged roads caused by heavy rain across the country.

Media Release: The 2014 Kumba-Marakele Marathon

Date: 2014-02-04

Marakele National Park has partnered with Kumba Iron Ore, SANParks Honorary Rangers and Thabazimbi Marathon Club to bring a unique marathon challenge to the public as well as the professional running community in South Africa.  

Disease free buffalos re-introduced in Marakele National Park

Date: 2013-10-16

South African National Parks (SANParks) has on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 re-introduced a herd of 20 disease free buffalo, comprising of nine cows and eleven bulls, into Marakele National Park, situated outside Thabazimbi in Limpopo. 

Media Release: The Waterberg unites against rhino poaching on World Rhino Day

Date: 2013-09-17

In commemoration of world rhino day which is on 22 September 2013, the South African National Parks (SANParks) and Save the Waterberg Rhino initiated a joint operation to help raise awareness and unite the Waterberg to help fight rhino poaching.

Media Release: Rhino carcass discovered in Marakele National Park

Date: 2013-07-18

A fresh rhino carcass, with its horn removed, was discovered yesterday in the northern section of the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi in the Limpopo Province. 

Media Release: Fire season has started in Marakele National Park

Date: 2013-05-30

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to announce that the fire season has started in the Marakele National Park (MNP) situated 12 kilometers outside Thabazimbi in Limpopo.

Media Release: New tourist facility added in Marakele

Date: 2013-02-19

For a very long time Marakele National Park offered limited accommodation to those people who are not camp enthusiasts. This is according to Johan Taljaard, Park Manager who said that situation is now a thing of the past since the opening of Motswere guest-house which is situated probably in the order of more than 30 minutes away from the main entrance.

Media Release: Marakele National Park safe following fire

Date: 2012-09-26

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement today that tourists planning to visit the Marakele National Park in Thabazimbi this week are free to book and make use of the park following a fire blaze in the mountainous area of the park.

Media Release: Marakele extends annual week of free access

Date: 2012-08-30

Marakele National Park (MNP) has announced that it will be extending the South African National Parks (SANParks) Week until Sunday, 16 September 2012.

Media Release: SANParks CEO opens state-of-the-art Educational Centre in Marakele

Date: 2011-06-20

The Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, officially opened a state-of-the-art Environmental Educational Center in the 67 000ha Marakele National Park outside Thabazimbi, Limpopo this morning (Monday 20th June 2011).

Leopard attack did not happen in Marakele National Park

Date: 2011-02-11

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to put it on record that the recent Leopard attack in North West did not happen in any of its parks. The attack happened outside a privately owned game farm near Britz not in Marakele National Park as it was reported in the media.

Media Release: Marakele National Park safe following a fire break

Date: 2010-10-15

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement yesterday that tourists planning to visit the Marakele National Park in Thabazimbi this week are free to book and make use of the park following a fire blaze in the mountainous area of the park.

Exciting birding event at Marakele!

Date: 2009-10-05

Marakele National Park's Honorary Rangers invites enthusiastic birders to an amazing weekend, during October, in a magic section of the Park.

Safari Tent accommodation at Tlopi Tented Camp temporarily closed at Marekele National Park

Date: 2009-03-03

All 10 Safari Tents at Tlopi Tented Camp in the Marakele National Park have been closed due to major renovations taking place.

Beginnings of a bird hide at Marakele National Park

Date: 2009-02-19

For quite a long time the Marakele Honorary Rangers (HRs) have envisaged a bird hide at a watering point where they had previously – in anticipation of the bird hide being erected - planted reeds and water lilies in order to attract birds, insects, mammals and reptiles. The time has now arrived...

Enjoy a run on the wild side at the Marakele National Park

Date: 2009-01-27

Fancy a run on the wild side? Why not join the Marakele National Park Marathon and Half Marathon taking place on 28 March 2009.

6th Sasol/Marakele Birding Breakaway taking place in October

Date: 2008-08-29

The sixth annual Sasol/Marakele Birding Breakaway will take place during the weekend of 17 - 19 October 2008 in Marakele National Park.

Northern Region Rewards Excellence

Date: 2008-04-18

The 18th of April marks a major highlight in the Northern Region’s Events Calendar. Since it’s inception last year, the regional awards function has grown from strength to strength and staff are encourgaed to excel and take pride in their work

First Braille Brochure for SANParks

Date: 2007-12-11

SANParks Northern Region (Mapungubwe, Marakele and Golden Gate) has published SANParks first ever braille brochure for visually impaired visitors.

African Wild Dogs Cross Borders (pdf)

Date: 2007-11-14

On Tuesday, 6 November 2007, a pack of 18 African Wild Dogs was translocated from Marakele National Park (South Africa) to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR, Botswana). The pack, which was donated by South African National Parks (SANParks), was transported to Botswana by road using Land Rover vehicles which were provided as part of Land Rover’s ongoing commitment to Wild Dog conservation.

Official Opening of New Marakele Road and Signage

Date: 2007-09-19

The road connecting the two sections of Marakele National Park was officially opened yesterday (18 September 2007), as part of ongoing SANParks Week celebrations.

SANParks and Reach for a Dream Join Hands

Date: 2007-07-11

The Reach-For-A-Dream Foundation, an organisation that has brought hope and healing to countless young South Africans, believes strongly in the power of dreams. It encourages children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses.

Northern Region Rewards Excellence

Date: 2007-04-23

In an effort to recognise the skills and dedication of our employees, the Northern Region of SANParks held the 1st Regional Achievement Awards in Golden Gate Highlands National Park on 12 April 2007.

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

Date: 2007-03-07

If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...

Getting Wet at Marakele...

Date: 2006-07-28

There is a lush and vibrant waterhole in the Kwaggasvlakte section of Marakele National Park. The area is characterized by sweet-veld, acacia thornveld and combretum woodland. The rich habitat diversity within a small area attracts plentiful wildlife. It’s hard to believe that there is no natural, permanent water supply to the area...


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