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.
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*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling