Marakele National Park
Situated at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, this 110,000ha Big Five reserve is a mere three hours drive from Johannesburg. Encompassing vast plains, dense bushveld, winding rivers, deep gorges and majestic mountains, the reserve is a 'place of sanctuary' for Africa's Big Five and a multitude of other animal species including rare antelope such as roan, sable and mountain reedbuck. Marataba has a private concession of 23,000ha within this malaria-free wilderness, which is also home to the world's largest breeding colony of the endangered Cape Vulture. Birdlife within the park is prolific with more than 400 species having been recorded.