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About Griffons Bush Camp

Nestled in a mountainous amphitheater, at the highest point in the Waterberg, lies Griffons Bush Camp. On its own exclusive and private property within Marakele National Park, the gigantic views stretch forever, and the local residents have made the most of the views too, with the largest Cape Griffon colony in the world inhabiting the cliffs above the camp.

Griffons is set in a fig and acacia forest on the slopes of the mountain on over 1000 hectares of Waterberg bushveld. Here visitors can enjoy many guided nature trails, from steep and demanding to leisurely and relaxing. Griffons lies within Marakele National Park which hosts Africa’s Big 5 game species. The lodge also offers game walks and trails, and from Griffons Bush Camp as a base, visitors have a choice of self-drive in the main park or guided game drives in our sector. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for some of the roads, and our guided game drives into the park are undertaken with Griffons four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles. Good news is that many of the roads are being re-surfaced at the moment.

For the birder there is of course the opportunity of viewing the Cape Griffon colony, consisting of hundreds of breeding pairs, and their unique behaviour. There are numerous specials in the area and sightings of Gurneys Sugar-bird, Orange-breasted Bush shrikes, White Helmet shrikes, flapper larks and breeding pairs of Verreaux’s eagles are fairly common. Less common sightings of Gymnogene and Brown Snake eagle and Black-breasted Snake eagle have also been recorded from time to time.

Predator sightings include lion, leopard, civet, genet, caracal, brown hyena, buffalo and black-backed jackal. Other wildlife you are likely to see at Marakele Lodge includes zebra, wildebeest, mountain reedbuck, bushbuck, impala, klipspringer, bush pig, baboon, monkey, common duiker, and numerous other small animals. In summer the mountain cascades with several mountain streams, offering many pools for the hiker to cool off in. A circular guided trail commencing near the vulture colony in the east and circling west to return to the colony would take the average hiker about five or six hours. Shorter walks up the mountain and to other scenic spots could take as long, depending on the level of fitness.

This is a rustic bush camp, we have solar energy and all water is natural spring water from the mountain streams, when the flow is up to standard or when we have a bout of rain we fill up our cement and stone splash pool for a relaxing chill in the middle of the forest camp. We offer chalets made of the local stone and thatch, each with own ablutions and coffee station and braai, and there is a communal kitchen with all facilities, too. As we are within the boundaries of a national park, the chances of meeting wild animals is great, even en route to the bush camp!

We recommend the use of a high clearance vehicle it doesnt have to be a 4x4 but as long as it doesn’t have low suspension.

We look forward to welcoming you to the peace and beauty of Griffons.

Safari: Griffons Bush Camp offers game walks and trails, and from the Bush Camp as a base visitors have a choice of self-drive or guided game drives into Marakele National Park.

Family friendly: We have a family unit for larger families and our chalets are perfect for smaller family's.

Romantic: Our establishment is built perfectly for privacy, while being a bush camp that is in the wilderness and surrounded by animals unlike many other reserves

Covid Safety Approved: All rooms are thoroughly sanitised before guests arrive we allow ample time from check out to check in in order to clean rooms this well, we provide sanitizer in each room and we also provide masks for guest who would like.

Guided Safaris: We provide guided walks, guided hikes and guided game drives the length of these are all up to what the guests requests

Family Safaris: We offer game drives suited for families as well as guided walks thank can be more demanding or more intense at the request of guests.


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
  • Bathroom
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Patio
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Shower
  • Special offers
  • Covid Safety Approved
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
  • Tswana (Setswana)

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Reviews for Griffons Bush Camp

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Steven Hussey
28 April 2021

We had a wonderful experience, and Alois was a generous and helpful host who really tended to his guests. We loved the ample complementary firewood for large fires in the evening and the existence of good gas amenities, given that there is no electricity.In future, better solar battery storage for lighting that lasts a little longer would be appreciated by guests.

Marinda Hattingh
13 April 2021

Too expensive for no fridge nearby.

Michael Smyth
25 March 2021

I loved seeing the animals wildebeest and zebra plus a variety of antelope in and around the camp. This may be because I was the only guest so with more noise and people fewer animals. It looks like there was once a waterhole in front of the camp. If this was reestablished it would attract more animals to view.

andrew Murray
14 February 2021

Wonderful place to get away from it all. All the amenities you need in a wonderful setting. Alois was an excellent host.

Simon Hirschowitz
19 December 2020

There were no walks as mentioned in the brochure and the splash pool was not functional.

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Griffons Bush Camp is 23.2km from the centre of Thabazimbi , the nearest airport 104.5km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling