Marakele National Park, South Africa
When to go
Summers (September to March) are hot but, in spite of soft rain and heavy thunderstorms, the area doesn’t suffer from stifling humidity. Morning and nights can be cold in winter (from April to August), but pleasant day temperatures make for ideal game-viewing conditions. For a peaceful stay, avoid mid-December to January, when South Africans evacuate their cities and Europeans and North Americans flock here for some winter sun.
PlanesCharter flights can be arranged from Johannesburg to the Marakele airstrip.
AutomobilesCars can be hired at Johannesburg’s Tambo International Airport; the journey takes just over four hours on the R21, N1 and N4. Newly refurbished roads mean you won’t need a 4x4, but make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your lodge: there’s no driving in the park after 6pm.