Marakapula Reserve is about living a philosophy of getting away from it all and to really enjoy and share in the magic that the African Bushveld conjures.
Marakapula sits in the area where the first Basotho inhabitants settled; they founded Ba-Phalaborwa, meaning ¨better than the south¨ home.
From Marakapula’s Mountain you can experience the majesty of the land as first caught sight by the Basotho. With this in mind, we honoured the people of the land and the surrounds by naming the Reserve “Marakapula” which means: The mountain that chases the rain away. Marakapula Reserve is close to 20 000ha and lies a step away from the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The Selati River flows through Marakapula from west to east, and its 7 huge dams give life and a special strength to this piece of Africa. Magnificent wild fig trees embrace the banks of the Selati along with thousand-year-old lead woods which, creates a picture-perfect backdrop for visitors. Marakapula is also home to more than 30 species of animals including antelopes, felines and has a rich bird-life.
The birth of Marakapula Reserve
Marakapula’s land was restituted to Mashishimale Community in 2007. In 2010 a joint venture was created between the Mashishimale Community and a South African company in order to develop a reserve and bring in tourists to the area for the betterment of the community. The land was cleared to regenerate the natural flora after years of cattle farming and new camps were designed and built. The staff at Marakapula started working with Reserves such as Kruger National Park to relocate endemic species such as elephant, lion and cheetah.
The management and staff of Marakapula are passionate about sharing the reserve with visitors. The management team is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch and French. At Marakapula, we strive to make you feel at home no matter where you are from.