Visiting SA

Visiting Marakapula Reserve

Marakapula Reserve is an all-year –round destination. Each season brings something exciting for visitors to see. The best game viewing months is generally in the winter months, where it is dry and the bush is sparse. However the summer months bring full waterholes where game congregate, lush vegetation and a vast array of migratory birdlife.

The temperature of Marakapula Reserve rarely reaches below 25°C. In winter the temperatures drop significantly as the lodges are on the banks of the Selati River. Cool cotton clothing is advisable for the day (red and white clothing is inadvisable to wear on game drives as it makes you highly visible to the wildlife), and warm clothing for the evenings in winter months. Pack long-sleeved shirts for cooler evenings and they also help with the mosquitoes! Closed comfortable shoes are advisable for game walks and drives; casual open shoes are perfect for the lodges and the communal areas. A lightweight jacket for early morning and evening game drives help ward off the dusk and dawn chill.

Please remember to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen in a high SPF, the African sunshine is powerful and sunstroke catches many a tourist unawares.
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Camera and charger
  • Binoculars
  • Swimsuit
  • Anti-Malarial. Marakapula is in a malaria area and visiting in spring and summer puts you at risk of malaria. WE provide mosquito repellents but it would be advisable to speak to your doctor about prescribing an anti-malarial prophylaxis.


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Summer months are from October – March. During summer the average temperatures vary from 20°C to 47 °C with occasional heavy rainfall. Winter months are from May-August. The rainfall is low and the average winter temperatures range from 11°C to 25°C.